The 9 Muses are daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, Greek goddesses personifying the inspiration for the sciences and the arts. My highly opinionated news-blog draws inspiration from both the science and the art of Rheumatology.

Psoriatic Arthritis

EULAR 2015 Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Guidelines The management of psoriatic disease, including… rheumnow.com These are my experience-based recommendations on treating PsA: 1) Use a csDMARD (eg MTX) whenever possible. It…

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Osteoarthritis

Knee Replacement Surgery Works, but So Can Nonsurgical Techniques (Reuters Health)—Total knee replacement can usually relieve pain and improve function, but a nonsurgical regimen can also be effective in some…

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Osteoarthritis

Low-Grade Inflammation in Symptomatic Knee OA Although osteoarthritis (OA) was formerly considered a non-inflammatory joint disease, it’s now well-appreciated that inflammatory mediators, such as PGE2… www.the-rheumatologist.org Osteoarthritis is Inflammatory. This…

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Osteoarthritis

Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage Losing more than 10 percent of body weight was linked to slower degeneration of cushioning in joints consumer.healthday.com 10% weight loss retards Knee Osteoarthritis…

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Vitamin D

Vitamin-D Deficiency Linked With Chronic Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases By Brian Hoyle... dgnews.docguide.com Less Vitamin D, More Inflammation. Once in a while, something cheap can be effective. And Vitamin D is…

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Gout

Prudent Diet Reduces Risk of RA and Gout The 2015 ACR meeting in San Francisco highlighted several studies wherein dietary patterns predicted a reduced risk of both rheumatoid arthritis (RA)…

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Oncoimmunology

New immunotherapy drug behind Jimmy Carter's cancer cure Former president given pembrolizumab, one of the most promising new drugs in the treatment of cancer www.theguardian.com A "checkpoint inhibitor" is "curing"…

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Exercise

Long-Distance Running Takes Toll on Joints, But It May Be Temporary Cartilage between knee, ankle and foot joints has ability to regenerate, study suggests consumer.healthday.com Ultramarathoners suffer significant JOINTS and…

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