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Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis with a Primary Care Physician

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on April 23, 2018

Although Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 1.3 million Americans, approximately one percent of the population, there are only about 6,000 rheumatologists in the US – and not all of them work full-time.[1] That means it can sometimes be tough to get specialty care. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to grow as demand for rheumatology care increases in the years ahead while the number of rheumatologists continues to fall.

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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patient Engagement, #RedefiningRA

Making It Easier for RA Patients to Find Doctors Who Use Vectra DA

Posted by Karen Tara on April 5, 2018


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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, practice management, +Physican Finder

Leading Physicians Highlight Vectra DA at This Year’s Annual Meeting of Rheumatologists

Posted by David Chernoff, MD on February 26, 2018


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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vectra DA, EULAR

Making a Good Thing Better: The Enhanced Vectra DA Test Report

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on February 12, 2018


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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vectra DA, practice management

Blogging it Out: Making People Aware of Rheumatoid Disease

Posted by Karen Tara on February 2, 2018


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Topics: Patient Engagement, Rheumatoid Patient Foundation

Am I Crazy to Want to Be a Mother with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Lifting the Veil on My Dream of Getting Pregnant

Posted by Stephanie Aleite on December 14, 2017


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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patient advocacy, #RedefiningRA

Raising Awareness by Blogging! Crescendo Ambassadors Rock #RABlog Week

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on November 28, 2017

Recently, Crescendo’s Patient Ambassadors rocked the blogosphere by participating in the 3rd Annual #RABlog Week. The initiative encouraged five days of blogging to raise awareness for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other rheumatic conditions. Several of our Ambassadors got involved and had a lot of fun encouraging each other and sharing their thoughts on living with RA. From pursuing hobbies with RA to partnering with spouses and more, there was a ton of goodness and inspiration.

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Topics: #RedefiningRA

Extreme Weather Events: How RA Patients Stay Positive in Stressful Conditions

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on October 16, 2017

For three scary weeks in late August and early September, the Caribbean and parts of the southern US were hit by three strong hurricanes: Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Several of Crescendo’s Patient Ambassadors were affected by the hurricanes and had to evacuate.

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Topics: #RedefiningRA, Extreme weather;, arthritis foundation

Bringing My Game Face to RA

Posted by Karen Tara on October 5, 2017

People who know me well (and even some who don’t) have no qualms commenting on my competitive nature. So it wasn’t a surprise to anyone when I started working in the video game industry.

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Topics: Patient advocacy, Patient Engagement, digital marketing;

More Efficient Office Visits for Better RA Patient Experiences

Posted by Kari Kalgren on September 20, 2017


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Topics: Patient Engagement, Vectra DA, practice management

What is Vectra DA?

  • Vectra DA is an advanced blood test for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It helps you and your doctor better understand your RA disease activity.
  • Vectra DA blood test for RA gives a more complete look at your disease activity by measuring 12 markers of RA disease activity. Some other tests, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or “sed rate”), only measure one marker.
  • Vectra DA test scores can help track your disease activity over time with an objective measure that complements your doctor’s exam and your own assessment.

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