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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.
Research finding opens door to new treatment options for inflammatory rheumatism

Research finding opens door to new treatment options for inflammatory rheumatism

Enthesitis, inflammation of tendons where they attach to the bone, is a common medical problem which underlies various forms of inflammatory rheumatism. [More]
NIH researchers discover rare, lethal inflammatory disease that affects young children

NIH researchers discover rare, lethal inflammatory disease that affects young children

National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered a rare and sometimes lethal inflammatory disease - otulipenia - that primarily affects young children. They have also identified anti-inflammatory treatments that ease some of the patients' symptoms: fever, skin rashes, diarrhea, joint pain and overall failure to grow or thrive. [More]
Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

Swimming can be effective option for treating patients with fibromyalgia pain

A study performed by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo shows swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia. [More]
TSRI scientists find evidence supporting new therapeutic strategy against cocaine addiction

TSRI scientists find evidence supporting new therapeutic strategy against cocaine addiction

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute has found strong evidence supporting a new strategy against drug addiction. [More]
Scientists discover way to visualize function of bone-resorbing cells in living mice

Scientists discover way to visualize function of bone-resorbing cells in living mice

Researchers of Osaka University have discovered a way to visualize sites where bone-resorbing cells (osteoclasts) were in the process of resorbing bone in living mice. [More]
Drugs designed to target nervous system could control inflammation in the gut, study shows

Drugs designed to target nervous system could control inflammation in the gut, study shows

There's a reason it's called a gut feeling. The brain and the gut are connected by intricate neural networks that signal hunger and satiety, love and fear, even safety and danger. These networks employ myriad chemical signals that include dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter most famous for its role in reward and addiction. [More]
New study suggests increased levels of hypocretin in the brain may play role in cocaine addiction

New study suggests increased levels of hypocretin in the brain may play role in cocaine addiction

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, suggests that increased levels of a molecule in the brain, called hypocretin, may contribute to cocaine addiction. [More]
Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic biologic drugs appear to be as effective as brand-name versions

Generic forms of a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis appear to be as safe and effective as their brand-name counterparts, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis suggests. [More]
Preclinical data on Selecta’s novel immune tolerance platform published in Nature Nanotechnology

Preclinical data on Selecta’s novel immune tolerance platform published in Nature Nanotechnology

Selecta Biosciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted antigen-specific immune therapies for rare and serious diseases, announced today that Nature Nanotechnology has published an article that presents preclinical results from Selecta’s research which demonstrate the broad potential applicability of Selecta’s novel immune tolerance platform. [More]
New research opens door to influencing immune system

New research opens door to influencing immune system

A new international collaboration involving scientists at The Scripps Research Institute opens a door to influencing the immune system, which would be useful to boost the effectiveness of vaccines or to counter autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
TSRI scientists develop new dual-targeting drug candidate for treating diabetes and bone disease

TSRI scientists develop new dual-targeting drug candidate for treating diabetes and bone disease

In addition to its more obvious ills, type 2 diabetes is a condition closely associated with bone fractures, increasing the risk of fractures twofold. To make matters worse, certain anti-diabetic drugs further increase this risk, particularly in postmenopausal women, severely limiting their treatment options. [More]
Report: Britons at risk of long-term disability, reduced life expectancy due to delays in treatment services

Report: Britons at risk of long-term disability, reduced life expectancy due to delays in treatment services

Up to a million Britons are at risk of preventable, long-term disability and reduced life expectancy due to delays in referrals to specialist advice and treatment services, according to the most comprehensive audit of rheumatology services carried out across England and Wales. [More]
Scientist develops new method for identifying proteins to build new biologics

Scientist develops new method for identifying proteins to build new biologics

A University of Toronto scientist has developed a new method for identifying the raw ingredients necessary to build 'biologics', a powerful class of medications that has revolutionized treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers. [More]
Scientists receive $2.4 million grant to advance stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease

Scientists receive $2.4 million grant to advance stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Clinic have received a grant of nearly $2.4 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support safety and quality tests of a potential stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease. [More]
Researchers shed light on involvement of immune system in schizophrenia

Researchers shed light on involvement of immune system in schizophrenia

Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune system. [More]
New report reveals prescription medication costs may increase up to 13% in 2016

New report reveals prescription medication costs may increase up to 13% in 2016

Prescription medication costs are expected to rise at least 11 percent, and possibly up to 13 percent, in 2016, according to a new report on national trends and projections in prescription drug expenditures. [More]
Scientists discover new mechanism by which TNF protects against intracellular pathogens

Scientists discover new mechanism by which TNF protects against intracellular pathogens

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF), a messenger substance in the immune system, plays an important role in triggering chronic inflammatory diseases. For this reason, TNF inhibitors are a standard form of treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and certain inflammatory bowel diseases. [More]
Gut bacteria can help predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis

Gut bacteria can help predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis

The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, suggests Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Taneja recently published two studies — one in Genome Medicine and one in Arthritis and Rheumatology — connecting the dots between gut microbiota and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
Scientists reveal how common symptomless condition can develop into myeloma

Scientists reveal how common symptomless condition can develop into myeloma

Researchers from the University of Birmingham and hospitals across the West Midlands have revealed how a common symptomless condition can develop into the blood cancer myeloma. [More]
Scientists develop new online open-access data tool to improve drug safety

Scientists develop new online open-access data tool to improve drug safety

A new online open-access database has been developed by scientists to allow the clinical responses of more than 5 million patients to all FDA-approved drugs to be used to identify unexpected clinical harm, benefits and alternative treatment choices for individual patients, according to a study appearing July 8 in Nature Biotechnology. [More]
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