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Study Finds Link to Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Microbiome

Really exciting news! We're getting much closer to finding the cause of RA:

"A new study has found a direct link between specific bacteria in the gut and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) -- an exciting discovery that could bring us closer to understanding the cause or causes of RA.
Micro bacteria in the gut

Each of us has a collection of microbacteria in our guts. The collection, which weighs roughly three pounds in an adult, is called the microbiome and is made up of about 1,000 different bacterium species. Microbacteria play an important role in our health: some protect us against illness, while others possibly play a role in the development of certain illnesses.

Previous research has implicated certain specific microbacteria as being associated with RA, but the exact role and dynamic was not known."

Find out more about this study and its implications in my HealthCentral post.

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Increase in Deaths Associated with Methotrexate

A new study finds that accidental overdoses of methotrexate are causing an increase in deaths. More on this and how to be safe in my new post for HealthCentral:

"A new study out of Australia shows a worrying increase in accidental overdoses of methotrexate, a drug commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

About methotrexate

Methotrexate is an immunosuppressant drug originally developed as chemotherapy for leukemia and other cancers. Smaller doses also proved to offer effective treatment for RA, and since the 1990s it has become the gold standard. It is administered weekly, either in tablets or injection form. Methotrexate often is prescribed with folic acid to combat side effects, such as potential hair loss. Individuals taking this medication also may be prescribed prednisone."

You can read the rest of the methotrexate post here.

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How I Cope with Mortality Risks of Rheumatoid Arthritis

My new post for Mango Health is about coping with the mortality risks of RA:

"The first time I heard the term ‘mortality risks’ associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), I wanted to stick my head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. If I can’t see it, it isn’t happening. Right?

Although repression is my favorite coping strategy, it does absolutely nothing to deal with a very real phenomenon. When you live with rheumatoid arthritis, you have an increased risk of death. It’s called the ‘mortality gap’, and it refers to the lower life expectancy that historically has affected people who have RA.

That’s a really scary thing to read. Much of RA is already unnerving — inflammation, fatigue, pain, and the possibility of deformities in your joints. After living with this disease since I was four years old, I’d gotten used to that, though. But potentially dying because of it, and early? That would severely interfere with my plan to live to at least 100 years old."

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