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Thursday, October 31, 2013


I got an email the other day from a marketer asking me if I would include their site on rheumatoid arthritis on my blog as a resource for my readers. I looked over the site, and found it full of good information, not only on RA, but on many other diseases as well. The link for the page the marketer sent to me is http://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis.I would rather tell you about the whole site, not just the RA part.
If you go to their homepage, http://www.healthline.com, the top half of the page is very sparse, but it is the gateway to much of the info. You can click on 4 tabs, Symptom Search, Treatment Search, Drug Search, and Pill Identifier. Along the top of the page are two more tabs, Health Topics and Health Tools. Health Topics takes you to an alphabetical search of diseases. Health Tools has eight tools, including Body Map, Doctor Search and Symptom Checker.The bottom half of the page is full of fresh articles, blogs, videos, etc.
Every disease I thought of was there. I read the main entry for Sjogren's Syndrome, just to see what a random (or not so random) entry was like. It was a good, general coverage of the topic. I would recommend it for someone who is newly diagnosed, someone who is not yet diagnosed, but trying to figure out what they have, or someone who has a friend or family member diagnosed with the disease. It is also good for someone who wants to know about what they have, but does not want to be overwhelmed with every detail.
Someone with Sjogren's who likes to keep up on the latest research would not be satisfied with this site (Though there is some research elsewhere).  Nor would someone who wants to know all there is to know about their disease. For example, the discussion on symptoms of Sjogren's was fairly general, and the article did not mention any of the medications we use by name.The RA page was more in-depth, and I will hazard a guess that other more common diseases are as well. The RA page also includes a video overview of RA.
Whether you have rheumatoid arthritis or some other malady, click on the link above. Look up your disease, or someone elses. Learn about symptoms or drug interactions or find a doctor near you. Explore the videos and blogs. Whether you refresh your memory or learn something new, you will likely find it worth your while.


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