Dr. Shiel, Editor of the Arthritis Center, Gives Perspectives Of Interest On Topics From 2001 Annual Scientific Meeting Of The American College Of Rheumatology (held November 11-15, 2001)
It is critical to the health of patients with arthritis that such important research is occurring. Arthritis alone currently affects 15% of all Americans and the number affected will grow to 18.2% by the year 2020. It has dramatic effects on the function and well-being of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
The themes that were reported at the meeting ranged from basic bench science to reports of exciting new treatments and tests available for rheumatic diseases. I want to highlight for you many of the reports, papers, and personal discussions that led to my own excitement as they clearly are going to have an impact on the general public health.
Here, I will summarize reports on a variety of arthritis and rheumatism topics that I know you will find interesting. Click on each item from the Disease Index below for the summary of my coverage for that particular arthritis or rheumatism topic.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Summaries of new treatments (Remicade, Enbrel, Kineret, Arava, combination therapies, and more), associated conditions, Sjogren's Syndrome, smoking and diet risks, patient education, and complications, which were reported on this form of arthritis that affects 1% of all Americans.