Steering Away From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Painful, swollen joints are the calling card of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which afflicts nearly 1.3 million Americans. This disease develops when the immune system mistakenly targets and damages the linings of joints. Long before the classic symptoms of joint pain and swelling develop, it seems likely that early symptoms occur, which are often overlooked. A…

Trick or Treat Guide to MS

Halloween is just around the corner and sugary treats are everywhere. When it comes to multiple sclerosis, though, sugar can be a tricky subject. Overall, sticking with a healthy diet can pay off health-wise for those with multiple sclerosis. Poor food choices can contribute to excess inflammation in the body, which worsens MS progression, as…

Understanding NAFLD and NASH

Guest blog by: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., CSP As a specialty pharmacy that works with many patients during treatment for liver diseases, it’s not surprising that questions about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) come up in our line of work. Although hepatitis C is our primary liver focus, both hepatitis C and NAFLD rank as the…

Mediterranean Diet for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer, as with any cancer, develops for complex reasons. One of the contributing factors in breast cancer traces back to diet. As with the microbiome found in the gut, breast tissue also is affected by the foods one eats. Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina have been exploring this diet-breast…

Flu Shots Important for Cancer Patients

Last month I shared in this blog how important flu shots can be for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis, since protecting against influenza each year keeps people with rheumatoid arthritis healthier and reduces the number of flu-related deaths in that population. Today I want to share a similar message for anyone who has (or even previously…

Psoriasis Social Stigma

More than 8 million Americans experience the uncomfortable, chronic skin condition of psoriasis. Psoriasis leads to dry, scaly, and painful patches of skin, typically on the joints, face, neck, trunk, arms, hands, feet, and scalp. Cures remain out of reach, but there are many treatment choices that help manage the dermatological symptoms of psoriasis. People…

Financial Fallout

A newer field of study, focused on “financial toxicity,” examines issues related to the personal economic burden of cancer treatment. Financial toxicity can affect health outcomes (including rates of death), mental health of patients, as well as the obvious bottom line of family finances. This financial burden can be a clear challenge during breast cancer…

Meet the Newest MS

Researchers recently identified a new sub-type of multiple sclerosis: myelocortical MS. This additional sub-type of multiple sclerosis adds clarity to the growing understanding of MS. It was nearly 20 years ago that an international gathering of multiple sclerosis experts established the then-current classifications of MS. At that time, MS classifications included four types: Relapsing-remitting MS…

Got RA? Get a Flu Shot!

Many parts of the country continue to enjoy summer weather, but fall is just around the corner. And that means flu season is on the way. Influenza vaccinations continue to offer the best way to avoid coming down with the flu. Flu shots can’t protect against every case of the flu, but for the small…

Eat to Calm Psoriasis

Most people with psoriasis will have some degree of symptoms for life. But this doesn’t mean that improvement can’t happen. Medications help keep this skin disease under control and combining medication with certain dietary choices can also have a positive effect on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (which is a joint condition related to the…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Vs. The Scale

Carrying around extra pounds can increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis – but the relationship between weight and this autoimmune disease actually isn’t as cut and dried as it first appears. First, it should be acknowledged that as body fat and waist circumference goes up, so does the chance of rheumatoid arthritis. Upwards of…

The Latest Word in HCV Treatment

New guidelines for treating hepatitis C infections came out from the World Health Organization. These replace and update WHO’s 2016 recommendations. Certainly a lot has changed in just the past three years – all of it comes as great news for anyone carrying the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The key take-away from these comprehensive new…

When Costs Create a Barrier

Cancer treatment options continue to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients across the board, which is excellent news! However, the costs of treatment can sometimes keep treatment out of reach for patients; it’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. Just how often do financial barriers actually get in the way…

Multiple Sclerosis Warning Signs

Multiple sclerosis doesn’t appear out of nowhere. In the few years prior to a diagnosis, people tend to have a handful of symptoms that may serve as a warning sign of trouble ahead. Here’s what happened: a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia set up the largest study of its kind, examining…

Find the Missing Millions

July 28th of every year is World Hepatitis Day; this year the theme is “Find the Missing Millions.” This year’s focus is on the 300 million people living with viral hepatitis worldwide who simply don’t know that they have one of these diseases. This is why the July 28, 2018 campaign aims to raise awareness…

Psoriasis: Can Sleep Troubles be a Red Flag?

The calling card of psoriasis is uncomfortable skin symptoms, such as red patches of dry, cracked skin. However, the more researchers look into this disease, the more they discover that psoriasis affects many different areas of the body, beyond the skin. Conversely, health conditions affecting non-skin parts of the body may also affect the risk…

Pregnancy and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C and pregnancy have a complicated relationship. Pregnancy itself does not appear to worsen the course of hepatitis C infection and a woman should wait to be treated for the infection until after pregnancy. Of course, there is understandable concern of how a hepatitis C infection in a woman can affect her unborn child….

Psoriatic Arthritis: Current Understandings

Doctors, as far back as the mid-19th century, noticed the connections between psoriasis and arthritis that occurred in some of their patients. However, this condition of “psoriatic arthritis” did not receive a clinical definition until the 1960s, when it was distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis. Part of the difficulty with understanding psoriatic arthritis relates to a…