- I got involved with the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation by volunteering on patient research projects resulting in a paper presentation at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) conference.
- There is a plethora of information about RA on the internet and patients must be wise and judicious consumers.
- I’ve been through a wide variety of medications and am currently on my 7th biological (Rituxan infusions plus methotrexate injections).
- In spite of the enormous impact of RA on society, proportionally more research funding goes to other diseases like cancer and heart disease.
- The actual cost of biological medicines continues to befuddle me. But I’m thankful for pharmaceutical company co-pay assistance programs.
- Cytokines from RA biological processes can make one feel “sick”.
- Through all the ups and downs of RA, hope must be continually sought after.
- RA is a heterogeneous disease…it’s not the same in every patient.
- Obamacare stands to bring about huge changes in the cost of healthcare for those with chronic diseases.
- Deciding when to switch RA treatments must be made with careful thought and care.
- RA should be treated early and aggressively.
- There may be links between RA and periodontal disease.
- Stem cell treatment for RA is not yet a reality but some are working on it.
- Refractory RA, disease that doesn’t respond to treatment, is actually quite common.
- Biosimilars, generics for biologic medicines are right around the corner.
- RA impacts soft tissues in addition to bone.
- Cardiovascular and metabolism issues can be linked to RA.
- RA continues to be mis-portrayed in the media.
Thanks to all those who took time to read and comment on this blog. I wish everyone a wonderful and healthy 2014!