Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Q&A: How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there a specific test to definitively diagnose fibromyalgia? If not, how do doctors confidently diagnose this disorder?

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Adverse childhood experiences negatively impact adults with lupus

Adults with lupus who report having had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect and household challenges, report higher disease activity, depression and poorer overall health compared to those without ...

Medications

FDA: Pulmonary embolism risk up with tofacitinib 10 mg for RA

(HealthDay)—A safety clinical trial has revealed that tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR) 10 mg twice daily is associated with an increased risk for pulmonary embolism (PE) and death among patients with rheumatoid arthritis ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Smoking cessation may reduce risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Smoking is an important risk factor for developing the most common form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory diseases, but a critical question remains: Can those who quit smoking delay or prevent RA or have ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Childhood abuse linked to increased arthritis risk in adulthood

In a survey-based study of 21,889 adults in Canada, severe and/or frequent physical abuse during childhood and frequent childhood exposure to intimate partner violence were linked with higher risks or arthritis during adulthood ...

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