Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

How Fish Might Affect Your Immune Health
Seafood is always a great choice for protein if you’re young and female, right? Not so fast.
Another Reason to Quit: Smoking and Back Pain
Of all the parts of the body smoking can damage, the back doesn't seem like it would be one of them. Many smokers with lower back arthritis, however, may beg to differ. Smokers with this condition may not respond as well to treatment as nonsmokers.
Virus or Arthritis? Diagnosis Not Always Clear
Despite its name, the chikungunya virus has nothing to do with chickens. It may, however, have something to do with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Get Active for Improved Arthritis Symptoms
Improving arthritis symptoms may be as simple as getting some exercise.
The Gout Strikes at Midnight
For many people with gout, a sudden flare-up called a gout attack can be a nightmare.
Immune Diseases Were More Common in Those Born by C-Section
Could the birth process have a role in immune disease development? A common birthing method may raise babies' risk of immune diseases later, a new study found.
Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis May Have Premature Babies
Many factors, like high blood pressure, infections, stress and smoking, may raise the risk of premature birth in pregnant women. And new research suggests that rheumatoid arthritis may also raise that risk.
Lupus Patients Had High Hospital Readmission Rate
People with chronic illnesses often go to the hospital frequently. But lupus patients may face particularly frequent hospital visits.
Obesity May Increase Risk of Arthritis in Women
Being obese or overweight can increase the risk of a host of health problems — diabetes, heart disease and stroke, for instance. Packing too many pounds may also raise the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Vascular Disease Common in Rheumatic Condition
One of the most common inflammatory rheumatological conditions in older adults causes a lot of pain and stiffness. It also may carry some serious vascular risks.