Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

Diabetes Rx May Keep Arthritis at Bay
Call it a gut reaction. A popular diabetes medication works by helping gastrointestinal hormones that encourage insulin production. The same medication may also help ward off autoimmune diseases.
Some RA Meds Tied to Lower Heart Attack Risk Than Others
Rheumatoid arthritis patients have an increased risk for heart attacks. Some medications used to treat the inflammation from arthritis may also help lower the risk of heart attack as well.
Early Control of RA Predicted Less Disability
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cannot be cured, but treatment can significantly reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease, and bring disease activity to a low level. Treating the disease as early as possible may make this goal easier.
RA Meds Didn't Boost Infection Risk
Avoiding infection is a big concern for patients who are planning on having surgery. And new research sheds light on how rheumatoid arthritis patients should prepare for upcoming surgery.
Lack of Social Ties Linked to Pain after Hip Replacement
If you're a social butterfly, it may do you some good if you're about to undergo hip replacement surgery.
The Puzzle of Lupus, Pregnancy and Autism
The possible causes of autism are one of the great mysteries of medicine today. I t is possible that certain health conditions during pregnancy might play a role in autism.
Worse Spondylitis May Be New Reason to Kick the Habit
There are many reasons to quit smoking, and people with ankylosing spondylitis can add another to the list.
Reducing Damage from Lupus
Patients with lupus have to do what they can to prevent organ and tissue damage in their bodies. There may be a few risk factors for patients to address to help them prevent further damage.
Few with Autoimmune Diseases Got HPV Vaccine
There are vaccines that protect against the human papillomavirus (HPV). These vaccines are often recommended for people with autoimmune diseases who are prone to infection. But it seems that many of these folks may not be getting the HPV vaccine.
Joint Surgery Decline for RA Patients
Given the choice, many people might rather pop a pill than go under the knife for surgery. And based on new research from Sweden, it seems that more and more rheumatoid arthritis patients may not need surgery due to modern medication.