Multiple studies say that your risk for heart disease increases if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Inflammation is getting the blame because it accelerates atherosclerosis (scarring and clogging of the arteries) and coronary artery disease. Yearly cardiac risk assessment and aggressive medical management of inflammatory types of arthritic disease can reduce your risk for heart … Read More
Chronic Back Pain: Non-Surgical Treatments, Prevention
If you have chronic back pain, there may be effective treatments besides surgery that may help, depending on your particular condition. It’s important to see your doctor and discuss the options. Robin Jackson had chronic pain originating in her lower back, traveling down her left leg and into her foot. She was diagnosed with sciatica, … Read More
Lupus and Brain Fog: How to Find Your Way
Monday morning finds many of us feeling foggy, but 20 to 50 percent of people who struggle with lupus have a unique feeling of mental fogginess
Back Braces Shown to Slow Spinal Curvature in Kids
If your child has scoliosis, wearing a back brace can help improve their condition and may even help them avoid surgery.
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Your NFL Team’s Loss Can Go Right to Your Gut
Rooting for the wrong football team may make you do bad things. A recent study by the INSEAD Business School, published in Psychological Science, found people living in cities whose NFL team loses on Sunday tend to eat more calories and fatty foods on the following Monday. Joseph Rock, PsyD, did not take part in … Read More
‘Arthritis-Friendly’ Car Buying Guide
Two doors or four doors? Four-cylinder or eight? When shopping for a car, we’re used to answering these questions. But we may not think to ask, “Is this car ‘arthritis-friendly?’”
Benefits of Beet Root Juice
Is it a good idea to drink beet root juice for your heart? Our expert explains the evidence.
5 Things You Need to Know About Lupus
When I mention lupus to my patients, sometimes I get a confused look because it’s not a well-understood condition. People wonder why the body would attack itself, as is the case with lupus and other autoimmune diseases.
3 Tips to Help You Deal With Holiday Stress
Do the holidays bring more stress than joy? Here are 3 expert tips for feeling less Scrooge-like.
5 Things You Don’t Know About Childhood Stroke
Children can have a stroke. Here’s what you need to know.