Watch as Nurse Victoria Ruffing teaches us how to inject the biologic Cimzia.
While there’s no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis yet, there are many preventative medications. They range from oral pills to injections that can be done at home or by a doctor, which are working for many people who have been diagnosed. All these different treatment options can help patients achieve their goals and stay healthy and functional. In this video, Dr. Laura Cappelli, a physician at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, discusses the different treatment options for Rheumatoid arthritis.
Scleroderma Associated Myopathy is a muscle disease that Scleroderma patients can develop. Unfortunately, there isn’t very much knowledge about this kind of Myopathy, but the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Division is working to understand more about this disease. Dr. Julie Paik, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Rheumatology, explains the complicated nature of this disease.
Diagnosing polymyositis is a step by step process. The physician will start by doing a physical exam to assess their strength, followed by blood tests, an EMG, and a muscle biopsy. In this video, Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine, the Director of the Myositis Center, discusses how polymyositis is diagnosed.
Shingles, a painful rash that is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, generally affects people with weaker immune systems, or patients on medications that impair the immune system (corticosteroids, mycophenolate, biologic therapies, and many others).
In this video, Dr. Chris Mecoli explains how these vaccines work and who should receive the vaccine.