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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.
Helsinn, Mundipharma sign distribution and license agreement for anamorelin

Helsinn, Mundipharma sign distribution and license agreement for anamorelin

Helsinn, a Swiss Group focused on building quality cancer care, and Mundipharma, today announce that they have entered into a distribution and license agreement for the exclusive rights to anamorelin in China, Hong Kong and Macao. [More]
Autoimmune disease forum to be held in Tampa on March 28, 2015

Autoimmune disease forum to be held in Tampa on March 28, 2015

The "What Every American Needs to Know About Autoimmune Disease" public forum arrives in Tampa on Saturday, March 28th. The program will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm. [More]
Hip replacement procedure alleviates pain, improves function in young JIA patients

Hip replacement procedure alleviates pain, improves function in young JIA patients

Hip replacement is often performed in patients with juvenile arthritis when their joints have been severely damaged by the disease. [More]
Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Diabetes and previous joint pain, along with a patient's overall physical health status, may predict arthritis pain with nearly 100 percent accuracy, in new research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). [More]
Cipher to distribute Can-Fite’s CF101 for plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Canada

Cipher to distribute Can-Fite’s CF101 for plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Canada

Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced it has licensed the Canadian distribution rights to CF101, a novel chemical entity being developed by Can-Fite Biopharma for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
Can-Fite, Cipher Pharmaceuticals sign agreement to distribute CF101 in Canada

Can-Fite, Cipher Pharmaceuticals sign agreement to distribute CF101 in Canada

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that are being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, announced today it has signed a distribution agreement with Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. to distribute Can-Fite's lead drug candidate, CF101, for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis in the Canadian market upon receipt of regulatory approvals. [More]
Discovery raises potential of blood test that can help diagnose osteoarthritis, rheumatoid

Discovery raises potential of blood test that can help diagnose osteoarthritis, rheumatoid

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick. [More]
Janssen announces acquisition of XO1

Janssen announces acquisition of XO1

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced today that it has acquired XO1 Limited, a privately held asset-centric virtual biopharmaceutical company founded to develop the anti-thrombin antibody ichorcumab. [More]
UVA researcher identifies potential therapeutic target for myotonic muscular dystrophy

UVA researcher identifies potential therapeutic target for myotonic muscular dystrophy

A doctor who was one of the discoverers of the gene responsible for myotonic muscular dystrophy has now identified a therapeutic that could modify progression of muscle damage and muscle dysfunction associated with the disease - issues that cause patients significant disability and deterioration in quality of life. [More]

Samsung Bioepis submits second biosimilar candidate MAA to EMA

Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd., today announced that the Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for SB2, its Remicade (Infliximab) biosimilar candidate, has been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA). [More]
Researcher shares study results of periodontitis and RA at IADR General Session

Researcher shares study results of periodontitis and RA at IADR General Session

Today at the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, researcher Sheila Arvikar, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, will present a study titled "Inflammation in the Mouth and Joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis." [More]
TSRI chemists develop innovative method for building new drug molecules

TSRI chemists develop innovative method for building new drug molecules

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a broadly useful technique for building new drug molecules and other chemical products. [More]
TSRI researchers create picture of whole dynein-dynactin structure

TSRI researchers create picture of whole dynein-dynactin structure

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute has determined the basic structural organization of a molecular motor that hauls cargoes and performs other critical functions within cells. [More]
M-MDSCs may be effective in treating arthritis in humans

M-MDSCs may be effective in treating arthritis in humans

Using a mouse model of rheumatoid arthritis, scientists have discovered that a form of cellular immunotherapy by intravenous administration of monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells, or M-MDSCs, might be an effective treatment for the disease in humans. [More]
TSRI researchers show how ABC transporters cause multidrug resistance

TSRI researchers show how ABC transporters cause multidrug resistance

Cancer patients fear the possibility that one day their cells might start rendering many different chemotherapy regimens ineffective. This phenomenon, called multidrug resistance, leads to tumors that defy treatment. [More]
Mundipharma launches Remsima® (infliximab), a new-generation value-based monoclonal antibody, in six European markets

Mundipharma launches Remsima® (infliximab), a new-generation value-based monoclonal antibody, in six European markets

Mundipharma International Limited’s network of independent associated companies are launching Remsima® (infliximab) this month in Germany, Italy, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg following expiry of the relevant patents and Supplementary Protection Certificates, having secured distribution rights from Celltrion Healthcare Hungary Kft for Remsima in these markets. [More]

Pharmacyclics completes toxicology studies of BTK inhibitor in RA

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that longer-term toxicology studies for its newly developed Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor for rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, have been completed. [More]
TSRI scientists show how to target weak spots of Marburg virus with future treatments

TSRI scientists show how to target weak spots of Marburg virus with future treatments

Marburg virus is Ebola's deadly cousin. The virus is up to 90 percent lethal—and doctors are desperate for tools to fight it. [More]
Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Macular Edema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). [More]
Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Hospira launches first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb) InflectraTM (infliximab) in the UK

Inflectra is licensed for the treatment of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult and paediatric Crohn’s disease, adult and paediatric ulcerative colitis and plaque psoriasis. [More]
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