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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.
Computational software that evaluates DNA samples may help in diagnosis, treatment of cancer

Computational software that evaluates DNA samples may help in diagnosis, treatment of cancer

Researchers develop new assay for measuring underlying autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Researchers develop new assay for measuring underlying autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis patients

NSAIDs could potentially be repurposed as life-saving treatment for sepsis, research suggests

NSAIDs could potentially be repurposed as life-saving treatment for sepsis, research suggests

Penn-led researchers gain better understanding of how T cells support long-lived plasma cells

Penn-led researchers gain better understanding of how T cells support long-lived plasma cells

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

HMS scientists listen to crosstalk between gut microbes and immune system

TSRI scientists describe how key molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense anxiety

TSRI scientists describe how key molecules in the brain work together to trigger intense anxiety

Genetic variant encoded in NCF1 linked to increased risk for autoimmune diseases, study shows

Genetic variant encoded in NCF1 linked to increased risk for autoimmune diseases, study shows

Scientists identify beliefs that may influence South Asian patients from taking diabetes medication

Scientists identify beliefs that may influence South Asian patients from taking diabetes medication

Quadricep strength, speed of force production linked to physical function in knee OA patients

Quadricep strength, speed of force production linked to physical function in knee OA patients

Common drug for autoimmune disease may increase risk of myeloid neoplasms

Common drug for autoimmune disease may increase risk of myeloid neoplasms

TSRI chemists create new technique for constructing chiral drug molecules

TSRI chemists create new technique for constructing chiral drug molecules

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Cardiologist reveals 13 facts about heart disease in women

Cardiologist reveals 13 facts about heart disease in women

TSRI study offers first look at early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome

TSRI study offers first look at early stages of brain development in patients with Fragile X syndrome

MU researcher discovers new class of materials that may have widespread applications

MU researcher discovers new class of materials that may have widespread applications

CreakyJoints publishes new guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis patients and caregivers

CreakyJoints publishes new guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis patients and caregivers

TSRI scientists receive $1.8 million grant to develop drug candidates for multiple diseases

TSRI scientists receive $1.8 million grant to develop drug candidates for multiple diseases

Novel approach for imaging immune cell movements identifies initial steps in inflammatory arthritis

Novel approach for imaging immune cell movements identifies initial steps in inflammatory arthritis

New antibody design may pave way for treating diseases affecting the brain

New antibody design may pave way for treating diseases affecting the brain

Georgia Tech researchers find new way to improve treatment for inflammatory diseases

Georgia Tech researchers find new way to improve treatment for inflammatory diseases