JointHealth™ express   November 6, 2012

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly:

SARDs: What are they?

You may have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis since there is a good chance you or someone you know lives with one of the two diseases. But have you heard of lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, or systemic vasculitides?

They are six rare arthritis types that are grouped together because they share symptoms, treatment, and complications. Collectively, they are called systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases or SARDs.

Though star tennis player Venus Williams brought one form to the limelight when she was diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome last year, they remain under-diagnosed and not well understood.

To help bring more attention to them, in this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts:
  • Introduces you to these little known rare forms of arthritis
  • Details why they are grouped together and explains how they are related
  • Lists the signs and symptoms to look for
  • Talks about how pregnancy may be affected
  • Interviews Dr. Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Research Scientist with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada about SARDs