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The Breakdown: Obesity’s Effect on RA

There is no definitive evidence to suggest that obesity is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, but there is evidence that links obesity to more active disease and lack of treatment response. In this slideshow, we review the evidence. (©Sunsetman/Shutterstock.com)

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Tailored medication should be considered beyond conception to stabilize low disease activity and prevent flares during pregnancy, study reports.

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Physicians should weigh the risks and benefits of adalimumab discontinuation in rheumatoid arthritis patients who achieve low disease activity, researchers report.

Emil DeAndreis

Emil DeAndreis is a rheumatoid arthritis patient and author of the memoir, “Hard to Grip." In this essay, he shares his mixed feelings about taking prescription medicine. An insightful read for all physicians.

Sharon Kolasinski, M.D.

Patients sometimes insist on non-traditional therapies after a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Their concerns shouldn't be ignored and instead, patients should be counseled on therapeutic options.

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Two new studies find that abatacept plus prednisone improves duration of remission for giant cell arteritis patients, but not for Takayasu’s arteritis patients.

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with mavrilimumab had significantly reduced disease activity and greater ARC20 response compared to placebo in phase IIB study.

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There is no definitive evidence to suggest that obesity is associated with an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, but there is evidence that links obesity to more active disease and lack of treatment response. In this slideshow, we review the evidence.

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