Arthritis Therapy Chapel Hill NC

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Mehrnaz Maleki Fiscbach
(919) 966-1072
101 Manning Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Marc C Levesque, MD
(919) 684-5093
113 Simerville Rd
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1989

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Mary Katherine Farmer
(919) 966-1072
101 Manning Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Beth Laurie Jonas, MD
3330 Thurston Bldg Cb 7280,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1989

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Nortin M Hadler, MD
(919) 966-4191
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1968

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Robert Arthur S Roubey, MD
(919) 929-5046
3330 Thurston Bldg Cb 7280,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1981

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Tracy Lea Lovell, MD
(843) 792-2731
3330 Thurston Bldg Cb 7280,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 2000

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George Bennet Brothers
(919) 942-5123
940 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Kinga Vereczkey Porter, MD
101 Manning Drive,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Orvostudomanyi Egyetem, Szeged, Hungary
Graduation Year: 1988

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Haven Medical
(919) 969-1414
121 South Estes Drive, Suite 205D
Chapel Hill, NC
Services
Yeast Syndrome, Women's Health, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Rheumatology, Reiki, Pulmonary Diseases, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics, Oncology, Nutrition, Neurology, Mind/Body Medicine, Metabolic Medicine, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Healing Touch, Gynecology, Guided Imagery, General Practice, Gastroenterology, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Energy Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Dermatology, C
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New, Targeted Therapies for Arthritis

There are many different types of rheumatological diseases. A rheumatological disease is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the entire body as a whole. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common rheumatologic disease. Certain types of rheumatoid arthritis seem to target specific joints.

When a rheumatological disease affects the spine, the resulting conditon is called a spondyloarthropathy. The term is made up of Greek words: Spondylo means vertebra, arthro means joint and pathos means disease. When other more peripheral joints are affected (such as in the arms and legs), the rheumatologic arthritis is referred to as an spondyloarthritide.

In this article, Dr. Philip J. Mease from the Division of Rheumatology, University School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington gives us an update on two of the more common spondyloarthropathies: psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Psoriatric arthritis affects the peripheral joints. Ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine.

New findings in the field have brought these conditions and their treatment to our attention. The first major breakthrough in understanding and treating these diseases is in the area of pathophysiology. Pathophysiology tells us what went wrong at the cellular level to cause these problems.

Researchers are identifying specific differences between rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies. Their work in the field of osteoimmunology is helping determine what's going on between the bone cells (osteo) and the immune system. This knowledge has led to more refined development of specific drug treatments for these two types of arthritis. That's good news for anyone suffering from any kind of rheumatologic disease.

For example, MRIs of patients with spondyloarthropathies show bone edema before any actual bone damage occurs in the joints. At the same time, they have found nests of lymphocytes (white blood cells), bone cells, and blood in the bone marrow (inside bones) of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Though the exact meaining of these findings are unknown, they point in a direction to help drug manufacturers develop medications that could stop this process.

Measuring the effect of therapy on disease activity is one way to assess new treatments. Studies look at before and after outcomes of therapy on affected joints, skin, pain, function, fatigue, and quality of life. The therapeutic effects of treatment on disease activity can be difficult to measure -- especially when those changes occur at the cellular level. MRIs and X-rays may be helpful.

Patient-reported outcomes using various surveys can help track patient perceived changes, too. Some of these tools include the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Function Index (BASFI), and the Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (ASQoL) questionnaire.

Standard treatment of mild spondyloarthropathies start...

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