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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.
Women have statistically lower incidence of severe psoriasis compared to men, study reveals

Women have statistically lower incidence of severe psoriasis compared to men, study reveals

Analysis of antibodies could be new tool for predicting prognosis and choosing therapy for RA patients

Analysis of antibodies could be new tool for predicting prognosis and choosing therapy for RA patients

Scientists identify molecules that may be key to drug resistance in estrogen-driven breast cancers

Scientists identify molecules that may be key to drug resistance in estrogen-driven breast cancers

Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

Linking RNA to autoimmune diseases

New technique opens door for biochemists to create better therapeutic antibodies

New technique opens door for biochemists to create better therapeutic antibodies

Scientists uncover Achilles' heel in unique kind of immune memory cells

Scientists uncover Achilles' heel in unique kind of immune memory cells

TSRI chemists devise versatile molecule-building tool for creating new drugs and chemical products

TSRI chemists devise versatile molecule-building tool for creating new drugs and chemical products

Scientists use cargo-carrying red blood cells to alleviate autoimmune diseases in mouse models

Scientists use cargo-carrying red blood cells to alleviate autoimmune diseases in mouse models

TSRI scientists discover how key protein establishes proper vision

TSRI scientists discover how key protein establishes proper vision

New treatment option could provide effective therapy for patients with dermatologic conditions

New treatment option could provide effective therapy for patients with dermatologic conditions

Rheumatoid arthritis drug blocks metabolic pathway, reduces breast cancer tumors in mice

Rheumatoid arthritis drug blocks metabolic pathway, reduces breast cancer tumors in mice

Metabolic vulnerability in triple-negative breast cancer cells may help quell chemotherapy resistance

Metabolic vulnerability in triple-negative breast cancer cells may help quell chemotherapy resistance

Researchers uncover mechanism that contributes to joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Researchers uncover mechanism that contributes to joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Newly-identified autoimmune endocrine disease is caused by thymomas, study finds

Newly-identified autoimmune endocrine disease is caused by thymomas, study finds

Study shows new drug as promising treatment option for difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis patients

Study shows new drug as promising treatment option for difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis patients

Study explores consequences of poor shoe choice on health of elderly individuals

Study explores consequences of poor shoe choice on health of elderly individuals

Pitt study sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

Pitt study sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers discover promising target for treatment of leishmaniasis

Researchers discover promising target for treatment of leishmaniasis

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