William Shiel, Jr., MD, co-founded MedicineNet.com in 1996, serving as chief editor and authoring hundreds of articles. In addition to practicing in the field of rheumatology, he is a contributor to the American Board of Internal Medicine and a regular reviewer of board questions on behalf of the American Board of Rheumatology subspecialty. Dr. Shiel has also served on the Medical and Scientific Committee of the Arthritis Foundation.
Scott Zashin, MD, is a rheumatologist at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Texas, and an advocate for people with arthritis. He has been an arthritis expert for The New York Times and About.com Arthritis, and is currently an expert for the WebMD Rheumatoid Arthritis Community. The author of the book Arthritis Without Pain, Zashin has served as an Executive Board Member for the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas.
Nancy Walsh is a staff writer for MedPage Today, with articles and interviews on rheumatoid arthritis also frequently appearing on EverydayHealth.com. She has written for various medical publications in the U.S. and England, including Patient Care, The Practitioner and the The Journal of Respiratory Diseases. For nearly 10 years, Walsh was the New York Bureau Chief for the International Medical News Group.
Lisa Emrich shares bits of her life as a patient diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and RA in her blog, Brass & Ivory. She also writes about MS, RA and obesity for HealthCentral.com and has been featured in Momentum Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Arthritis Today and Pharmaphorum.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis (or RA), you have painful swelling in hands, fingers, wrists - and stiffness that makes everyday living difficult. RA is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the tissues.... RA is more common among women than men. Some have only one brief episode, while others have episodes off and on throughout their lives. It's important to consult with a rheumatologist right away when you develop symptoms, as early treatment can help keep RA under control. More