Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup finely grated zucchini 1 cup finely grated carrot 1/2 cup toasted almond oil 1/2 cup molasses 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups brown sugar Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 Tbsp. honey ginger white balsamic Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9” x 5” loaf pan with toasted almond oil. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cloves in a large bowl. Whisk well. In a separate bowl, combine the

Scleroderma – Autoimmune or Not?

By: PAUL J DEMARCO, MD, FACP, FACR, RHMSUS Scleroderma is the most unique set of disorders in Rheumatology; this group of diseases bears the distinct common pathway of autoimmune involvement that ends in hardening, or “sclerosis,” of the skin. Sclerosis is caused by the proliferation of a type of cells called fibroblasts, which are cells that make collagen and other thick connective tissue components. These are activated by the immune system but act along a separate pathway to cause disease.

Spring Tips For Autoimmune Diseases

Spring can be a time of great joy and exciting events. But, they also can be times of stress, anxiety and physical demands. All of this actually can contribute to triggers for an autoimmune disease flare. TIP: Many autoimmune diseases are affected by foods we eat and stress we encounter. Bring your own treats to parties, cookouts, and events that may not include foods for your sensitivities. Having some enjoyable foods that are low in sugar will help you avoid

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Pregnancy & Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

BY ADEY BERHANU, MD, FACR, RHMSUS Lupus is an autoimmune condition characterizedby dysregulation of the immune system resulting in widespread inflammation that can affect different organ systems. Autoimmune diseases, including lupus, are more common in women during their childbearing years. As such, special considerations for lupus patients during pregnancy are reviewed in this article. In the past, pregnancy in lupus patients was associated with increased fetal loss. The good news is that pregnancy loss in lupus patients has now dropped

The breakdown of the main rheumatology advocacy in 2019

Angus B. Worthing MD, FACP, FACR @AngusWorthing A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s another update about what’s going on in Washington for the rheumatology community, from my perspective as a rheumatologist and volunteer chair of the American College of Rheumatology Government Affairs Committee. Please read, forward freely, and consider doing more advocacy as a New Year’s Resolution — it’s easy, fun, and very important! On January 3, the 116th Congress gaveled into session as a split Congress with Democrats in

Am I Hearing Noises?

BY DANIEL EL-BOGDADI, MD, FACR Snap, crackle, pop…“Doctor, why do my joints make these noises?!?” Snap, crackle, pop… “Doctor, why do my joints make these noises?!?” Crackling, snapping, popping. These are common sounds that a joint may make. There are several reasons for why a joint may make these sounds. It may be due to wearing of the cartilage. It could be caused by ligaments stretching and releasing or by compression of nitrogen bubbles in the spaces of the joints.

Rheum Fun

Exercising your brain is great for overall health! Try our Rheum Fun crossword puzzle. To assist with answering the questions visit Locate the newsletter tab on our home page to read the latest edition of Rheumors that includes hints to answering the questions. Do we have you stumped? Find all the answers in the same Rheumors edition. Good Luck! RHUEM FUN

Understanding Sarcoidosis

Nicole Saddic Thomas, MD, FACR A 40-year-old gentleman came to me complaining of fevers, night sweats,10 pounds unintentional weight loss, and swollen ankles. He had high calcium levels and very high levels of inflammation noted on his blood tests. There were no clear-cut infections to account for the inflammation. To investigate further, I obtained x-rays, which revealed many swollen lymph nodes in his chest. I was concerned about malignant cancer and consulted with hematology/oncology colleagues who shared my concern. We arranged

AIP Orange Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs

AIP Orange Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs Serves 20 Asian flavors tend to be rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients, like these meatballs, which incorporate orange zest, ginger, and garlic.

New Vaccine for Shingles

Grace E. Ahn, MD FACR Shingles is an infection caused by a virus called varicella. This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once the virus enters your body, it can stay dormant in your nerves and reactivate at a later time, causing an infection called herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles. Patients can develop a painful, raised, and sometimes fluid-filled rash in the same area in which the patient felt pain preceding the rash. The rash and pain

Fibromyalgia and Ankylosing Spondylitis

David G. Borenstein, MD MACP MACR David G. Borenstein, MD MACP MACR Having one illness is more than any patient wants to bear, but, often, patients may have more than one medical problem affecting their musculoskeletal system. In those circumstances, treating only one of those problems may explain why patients are not improving as much as they desire. This situation may occur in individuals who, for example, have both ibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.     fibro Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized

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