New Free Internet Radio Program Unveiled During Arthritis Awareness Month

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The first and only Internet Radio Podcast dealing with arthritis and osteoporosis covering recent news events and including commentary and opinions by a board certified rheumatologist. This program hosted by Dr. Joel Rutstein, creator of, provides a more direct way to communicate with patients regarding the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic disease, offers better ways to cope with their pain and suffering, and instills hope in place of despair.

As part of National Arthritis Awareness Month in May, announces the first free Internet radio program dealing with arthritis and osteoporosis called Arthritis Central News and Views. Dr. Joel Rutstein, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and director of one of the largest arthritis centers in the US, is host of the show, delivered in a new medium called Podcasting.

“The program is designed to bring patients up-to-date on news events occurring each week that pertain to the various rheumatic diseases,” Dr. Rutstein points out.

Patients can simply visit the website and click on the Podcast program that interests them. The program, which is free for all website visitors, is available in the popular MP3 format which can be played on a computer or portable music device such as an iPod.

Dr. Rutstein emphasizes that the twenty to thirty minute radio program gives him an opportunity to expand on the very limited sound bytes that are commonly offered on network television and radio. He also includes his own personal commentary based on his perspective from 27 years of clinical practice in rheumatology.

Podcasting on the Internet has enabled Dr. Rutstein to broadcast these programs free to patients worldwide without having to deal with the expense and administrative hassles of traditional radio.

With the recent controversies surrounding the arthritis medications Vioxx, Bextra, and Celebrex, Arthritis Central News and Views has been covering the latest developments each week and keeping patients informed about the FDA’s actions. Dr. Rutstein also offers alternative treatment options for the management of pain besides the COX-2 inhibitors, which have the potential for cardio-vascular side effects.

“Having the ability to communicate with patients via Internet radio, enables me to empower patients to take back control of their arthritis, which is one of our goals of,” notes Dr. Rutstein.

About Joel Rutstein M.D.

Dr. Joel Rutstein is the director of the Arthritis Diagnostic and Treatment Center of San Antonio, Texas. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center of San Antonio and is a fellow member of the American College of Rheumatology. More information about his book and video programs are available at


ArthritisCentral is one of the most comprehensive websites for patients with arthritis and osteoporosis. All material is written by Dr. Joel Rutstein and other board certified rheumatologists. Free information, including frequently asked questions, a glossary of rheumatic terms, and a free email newsletter is available to all visitors. Access to detailed original feature articles, video programs, and other areas of the site are reserved for subscribers who pay an annual fee of $19.95. To learn more, visit

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