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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease of the joints that can cause a disabling degree of pain and significantly interfere with an individual’s day-to-day living.

RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system, which is usually geared up to fight infection, attacks the lining of the joints, causing them to swell and become stiff and painful. Eventually, the joint itself can become damaged as well as the cartilage and surrounding bone. Any joint can be affected but most commonly the illness involves the hands, feet and wrists.

The condition is more common among women than men and usually affects people between the ages of 40 and 70, although it can affect people of any age.

Symptoms range from mild to severe and can flare-up suddenly and unpredictably, making the condition very difficult to live with.

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not yet fully understood but some research suggests that viruses and bacteria may be involved. RA cannot be cured but early diagnosis and treatment can help to manage symptoms and prevent disability.
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Fetal microchimerism could be a subtle and dizzyingly complex puzzle

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Can-Fite BioPharma announces Q2 financial results for 2015, updates drug development programs

Can-Fite BioPharma announces Q2 financial results for 2015, updates drug development programs

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, today reported financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and updates on its drug development programs. [More]
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Brain scans may help predict patients' response to antipsychotic drug treatment

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that brain scans can be used to predict patients' response to antipsychotic drug treatment. The findings are published online in the latest issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. [More]
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TSRI, Janssen collaborate to find universal flu vaccine

TSRI, Janssen collaborate to find universal flu vaccine

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes—work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal flu shots. [More]
Janus collaborates with Roche to develop TLR inhibitor to address several autoimmune diseases

Janus collaborates with Roche to develop TLR inhibitor to address several autoimmune diseases

Janus Biotherapeutics today announced that they have entered into a collaboration with Roche for the development of a small molecule toll-like receptor (TLR) inhibitor with the potential to address several autoimmune diseases. TLRs are an important class of proteins that play a key role in the innate immune system. [More]
Scientists develop technique to rejuvenate cells from older osteoarthritis patients

Scientists develop technique to rejuvenate cells from older osteoarthritis patients

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Hospira today announced that Inflectra (infliximab), the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) biosimilar therapy, has been registered in Australia. This registration paves the way for the Federal Government to reduce the cost of some of the most expensive medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). [More]
Improved method for building proteins into antibodies

Improved method for building proteins into antibodies

Some proteins exist so fleetingly in the bloodstream that they can't be given effectively as therapies. However, building them into larger proteins, such as antibodies, can make them persist long enough to be useful. Now a team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has devised an improved method for accomplishing this protein-engineering feat. [More]
Depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety and anger in RA patients linked to atherosclerosis

Depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety and anger in RA patients linked to atherosclerosis

New research reveals that depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and anger and lack of social support in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were linked to atherosclerosis--a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries that contributes to cardiovascular disease. The study published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggests that screening and treatment of psychosocial symptoms may curb the cardiovascular disease burden in RA patients. [More]
New study launched to find impact of vasculitis on employment, income

New study launched to find impact of vasculitis on employment, income

The Vasculitis Patient-Powered Research Network and the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium launched a study entitled "Impact of vasculitis on employment and income" or "VascWork." The purpose of this study is to learn about the impact of vasculitis on employment and income in patients with different systemic vasculitides. [More]
Hetero Group launches biosimilar 'Rituximab' under brand name MABALL in India

Hetero Group launches biosimilar 'Rituximab' under brand name MABALL in India

Hetero Group, one of India's leading generic pharmaceutical companies and one of the world's largest global producer of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS treatment, today announces the successful launch of its biosimilar 'Rituximab' under the brand name MABALL in India. [More]
New national survey finds lack of COPD knowledge among patients

New national survey finds lack of COPD knowledge among patients

In a new national survey of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, Health Union reveals a surprising lack of awareness of risk factors and knowledge of diagnosis stage among patients. Results demonstrate a severe impact on quality of life, employment, and ability to afford treatment. [More]
Low blood level of 4 proteins can help diabetics protect against immune attack

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Patients with type 1 diabetes have significantly lower blood levels of four proteins that help protect their tissue from attack by their immune system, scientists report. [More]
Endocrine Society recommends removal of tumor as first-line treatment for endogenous Cushing's syndrome

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The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for treating Cushing's syndrome, a condition caused by overexposure to the hormone cortisol. [More]
World Health Organization recognizes unique pharmacological nature of Can-Fite's CF101, grants new generic name

World Health Organization recognizes unique pharmacological nature of Can-Fite's CF101, grants new generic name

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, today announced that the World Health Organization's International Nonproprietary Name group has accepted the proposed generic name "piclidenoson" for its lead drug candidate, CF101. [More]
Consumption of B-GOS prebiotic has positive effect on gut microbiota, immune systems of elderly people

Consumption of B-GOS prebiotic has positive effect on gut microbiota, immune systems of elderly people

Clasado Biosciences Limited, the producers and suppliers of the second generation prebiotic Bimuno, a unique trans-galactooligosaccharide, and the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, The University of Reading, UK, today announce the results of human research demonstrating the positive effects of an advanced prebiotic on the immune system of the elderly. [More]
Depressive symptoms, mood may predict momentary pain among patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Depressive symptoms, mood may predict momentary pain among patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Depressive symptoms and mood in the moment may predict momentary pain among rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to Penn State researchers. [More]
TSRI scientists awarded grant to explore therapeutic potential of protein receptors in Parkinson's disease, other disorders

TSRI scientists awarded grant to explore therapeutic potential of protein receptors in Parkinson's disease, other disorders

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have been awarded nearly $1.5 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to explore the therapeutic potential of a class of proteins that play essential roles in the regulation and maintenance of human health. [More]
Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology. [More]
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