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Arthritis Podcasts

Arthritis Podcasts

Show 76 - Nurse Vicky Ruffing Tells Us All About the Flu

Seth chats with the Nurse Manager of Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center to learn how arthritics can protect themselves this flu season.



  • arthritis patients have suppressed immune systems due to their arthritis and their medications
  • all should get both the seasonal flu and H1N1 "Swine flu" vaccines
  • all immunosuppressed patients should take vaccines as injections (with a dead virus), NOT the inhalant mist (with a live virus) -- which can make them sick



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Show 67 - ACR 2008: Seth chats with researchers from Baltimore, Toronto and New York

Seth chats with Dr. Clifton Bingham of Johns Hopkins University, Toronto-based Dr. Katell Roué-Le Lay, and Alesia Sadosky, Ph.D. and Kevin Murphy, Ph.D. from Pfizer, Inc.

Findings discussed include:

  • poor dental health among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients
  • new indicators among RA patients portending cardiovascular health problems
  • career and sick-day interruptions for fibromyalgia patients
  • healthcare changes for fibromyalgia patients after diagnosis


Special Note:  To see our ACR 2008 Wrap-up page, click here.