Frederick County Maryland, Md. –

Frederick County Maryland, Md. –.

“Seven arthritis specialists reveal arthritis treatment breakthroughs that will give you back your life…”

Special one day program in May – National Arthritis Month – shows arthritis patients how to kick the tar out of arthritis.

Frederick, Maryland— April 8, 2010— Seven nationally recognized arthritis specialists will address key issues on this disease as the Arthritis Research Institute presents the 5th annual Arthritis Symposium at Ceresville Mansion on Thursday, May 13, 2010.

This year’s full day symposium features a stellar line-up of speakers.   You will discover…

Dr. Nathan Wei explains, “This is a great opportunity to bring together a group of speakers who can offer information and inspiration to anyone who has arthritis…and this is especially appropriate since May is National Arthritis month.”  Dr. Wei adds, “This year’s  program is our best yet as we provide up-to-date information on rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout.  Where else will you find seven experts in the field of arthritis in one room for one day?”

Speakers this year include:

The Arthritis Research Institute is a non-profit organization that funds both conventional and alternative research, provides funding to arthritis patients who are unable to afford their arthritis medications, and donates scholarships to children who have been diagnosed with arthritis.

Call us at 301-624-1164 to register.

Nice article about the recent study linking vitamin D deficiency and rheumatoid arthritis.  people living in the northeast are far more likely to get RA … and the reason (or maybe one of them) is vitamin D deficiency…$19716602.php

Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to rheumatoid arthritis risk in women

by Alex Schoenfeld

Women residing in northern latitudes – who often receive less naturally sunlight and commonly suffer from vitamin D deficiencies – are at a significantly increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a recent study.

For the research, investigators from the Boston University School of Public Health analyzed the pertinent medical and personal data of 461 women with RA and compared their information to more than 9,000 healthy female respondents.

Lead author Verónica Vieira, associate professor of environmental health at the university, and her colleagues were surprised to find that women living in the northeastern U.S. were much more likely to suffer from the autoimmune disease than were those with greater access to natural sunlight, a main source of vitamin D.

“A geographic association with northern latitudes has also been observed for multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, other autoimmune diseases that may be mediated by reduced vitamin D from decreased solar exposure and the immune effects of vitamin D deficiency,” said the authors.

Separate studies have also indicated that vitamin D may provide protection from high blood pressure and heart disease.

Makes me want to move to the Caribbean…

I’m a dinosaur.  A dyed in the wool old fart.  When I was a resident, the grueling hours,  shitty food, and total sleep deprivation made boot camp seem like a vacation at the Four Seasons.

But it made us good doctors.  Why?  Because patients don’t always get sick between the hours of 9 and 5. You had to be ready to act, act fast, and act when you didn’t feel like acting.

Yes there were tragedies like the Libby Zion case.  I don’t know all the particulars.  I’m sure residency training the way it was  played a role but there were other errors in the system as well I imagine.

Here’s an interesting article.  I’m not sure what it has to do with arthritis treatment or stem cells or other things I do… but it struck a chord…

Redesigning Medical Residencies May Shorten Patients’ Stays, Cut Costs For Hospital.

MedPage Today (4/7, Gever) reported that “redesigning medical residencies and internships to emphasize education was not only a hit with trainees, but also shortened patients’ hospital stays and cut costs for the hospital,” according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that “a program launched at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital doubled the amount of time trainees spent in learning activities and significantly increased their satisfaction with their education, compared with residents and interns in conventional programs.” The investigators reported that “interns’ average patient census per shift in the new program was 3.5, compared with 6.6 for interns following the traditional model…but patients’ mean length of stay was reduced by 0.51 days.” Hospitals were able to save money because of the shortened stays.

Author’s note: I’m not sure what they mean by “education”. You don’t learn how to take care of sick patients by just reading books… just like you don’t learn how to ride a bike or sail a boat by reading books.  You gotta do it.

I’m sure it was a hit with the trainees like was said in the article.  I’m just not sure I want someone taking care of me who’s just read about my condition in a journal and can cite umpteen references.

It’s like the consultant on sex who knows 950 positions but can’t get a date for Saturday night.

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