Rheumatology

PTSD Linked to Greater Risk of Autoimmune Disorders

SAN FRANCISCO — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) creates greater vulnerability to developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to University of California, San Francisco, researchers. The research was presented last year at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Annual… Read More

Regular Alcohol Use Leads to Faster Rate of RA Joint Damage

OMAHA, NE — A dose-dependent relationship exists between alcohol use and radiographic disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study led by researchers from the Omaha, NE, VAMC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The research, which sought… Read More

Less-Expensive RA Drugs Can Be As Effective As Costlier Ones

OMAHA, NE — Less-expensive combination disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) produced the same clinical benefits as much costlier biological treatment, according to a large VA study comparing the effectiveness of drug therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Results of the 48-week study, which… Read More

VA Study – Stress Can Increase Inflammation and Worsen Cardiovascular Disease in Patients

By Stephen Spotswood SAN FRANCISCO — New VA research suggests that lifetime exposure to stressful events, such as those which cause PTSD, is linked to greater levels of inflammation in patients with cardiovascular (CV) disease. Higher inflammation generally leads to… Read More

RA Puts Veterans at Greater Risk for Heart Disease; VA Targets Risk Factors

Two recent studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have sent up a red flag for physicians caring for veterans with the disease; such patients appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease due to inflammation and several other… Read More

Osteoarthritis More Common in Servicemembers, Presents Challenge for Military

Though most servicemembers are relatively young, osteoarthritis is a serious problem for the U.S. military. A recent study in journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found that military troops are more likely to develop osteoarthritis than civilians, and that arthritis is especially… Read More