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Doctor Is In: Arthritis and the Jingle Bell Run

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Dr. Rubin is the Division Head of Rheumatology at Henry Ford Health System, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

He specializes in all general rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Dr. Rubin is certified in Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rubin also serves as the Arthritis Foundation's 2013 Jingle Bell Run Medical Chair in Northville and Bloomfield Hills this December.  Fox 2 is proud to sponsor this event.

To learn more about Rheumatology services offered at Henry Ford, visit


  • Affecting about 1% of the U.S. population, rheumatoid arthritis usually strikes between ages 30-60, but younger and older people can also be affected.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis occurs three times more often in women than in men. Other risk factors include cigarette smoking and family history.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the lining of the joints. The body tissue is mistakenly attacked by its own immune system. RA may also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, or nerves.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder, meaning that although there may be occasional symptom-free periods, the disease can worsen over time.
  • There is no known cure for Rheumatoid arthritis. The goal of treatment is to reduce joint inflammation and pain, prevent joint damage, and maximize joint function.  Many new medications have become available within the past decade to improve quality of life for patients with RA.
  • Resource for patients:

*Drugs and Side Effects

  • Medications play an essential role in controlling the progression and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The main types of RA medications include:
  • Biologic Agents, these drugs are usually given by injections and have dramatically improved outcomes for patients with RA.  Side effects: weakens immune system, infections.
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which may take up to six months to be fully effective but have been shown to greatly improve quality of life. Side effects: weakens immune system.
  • Glucocorticoids (steroids) are strong anti-inflammatory drugs that can also block other immune responses.
  • NSAIDs work by blocking an enzyme that promotes inflammation, helping to reduce swelling and pain. But they are not effective in reducing joint damage.

*Non-Drug Treatment Options

  • The best medical care combines rheumatoid arthritis medications and other approaches.
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Yoga and Pilates

*Does Diet Matter?

  • Several studies suggest that people with RA may benefit from fish oil supplements, which contain inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Turmeric, the main spice in curry, might help reduce RA symptoms like inflammation.
  • Early human research reports benefits of glucosamine in the treatment of joint pain and swelling in RA; in other research, it did not show anti-rheumatic effects, but it did improve symptoms of the disease.

*Stress and RA

  • Stress makes RA worse and cause "flare-ups."
  • Reducing stress can help RA patients feel better both mentally and physically.
  • Reduce RA stress with:
  • Physical activity (aerobic, strength training)
  • Mental relaxation (get restful sleep, meditation)
  • Lifestyle changes (quit smoking, find solutions to work around flare-ups)
  • Support groups

*Jingle Bell Run in December

  • Dr. Rubin is the 2013 Medical Chair for the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Walk/Run in Northville and Bloomfield Hills
  • The Jingle Bell event is the largest holiday 5K race series in the country.
  • Its goal is to help fight arthritis pain by raising funds to support arthritis research and education.
  • Sign up to join and learn more about the event at
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