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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.
Rheumatology and arthritis societies call for more support to improve arthritis treatment in Wales

Rheumatology and arthritis societies call for more support to improve arthritis treatment in Wales

Rheumatology and arthritis societies raise concerns for arthritis services in Wales and call for more support to improve long-term patient outcomes. [More]
Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this weekend in a leading international journal. [More]
Research unlocks potential new therapies for inflammatory diseases

Research unlocks potential new therapies for inflammatory diseases

Macrophages are frontline cells in our immune system. They detect microbial invaders and also tissue injury and then mount an appropriate response needed to clear the infection and repair the damaged tissue. [More]
Study reveals new way to improve stability of common protein drugs

Study reveals new way to improve stability of common protein drugs

Gaining access to important biopharmaceuticals needed to treat illnesses and autoimmune diseases is one of the biggest obstacles developing countries face. [More]
Cornell researchers develop chemical probe activated by UV light to control inflammation

Cornell researchers develop chemical probe activated by UV light to control inflammation

Black light does more than make posters glow. Cornell researchers have developed a chemical tool to control inflammation that is activated by ultraviolet (UV) light. [More]
Cluster signaling mechanism causes T cells to turn pathogenic in multiple sclerosis, research shows

Cluster signaling mechanism causes T cells to turn pathogenic in multiple sclerosis, research shows

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the patient's own cells. [More]
Experts explore if DXA-derived measurements could predict fracture risk in diabetic patients

Experts explore if DXA-derived measurements could predict fracture risk in diabetic patients

Increased risk of fracture has been shown to be one of the complications arising from longstanding diabetes. With the worldwide increase in Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), in part due to aging populations, there is also increasing concern about how to identify and manage patients with diabetes who are at high risk of osteoporotic fracture. [More]
Type 2 diabetes linked to long list of complications that can affect health and quality of life

Type 2 diabetes linked to long list of complications that can affect health and quality of life

T2D Lifestyle, a national survey by Health Union of more than 400 individuals living with type 2 diabetes (T2D), reveals that patients not only struggle with commonly understood complications, but also numerous lesser known ones that people do not associate with diabetes. [More]
TUM scientists uncover molecular mechanisms of inhibitors that can selectively thwart immunoproteasome

TUM scientists uncover molecular mechanisms of inhibitors that can selectively thwart immunoproteasome

The immunoproteasome dismantles proteins and the resulting fragments are displayed on the surface of cells. This helps the immune system to recognize abnormal cells. However, in chronic inflammations and autoimmune diseases this “information channel” is overactive. [More]
New anti-inflammatory drug reduces death of existing brain cells then repairs damage after stroke

New anti-inflammatory drug reduces death of existing brain cells then repairs damage after stroke

Researchers at The University of Manchester have discovered that a potential new drug reduces the number of brain cells destroyed by stroke and then helps to repair the damage. [More]
Research shows mechanism that induces heart arrhythmias in diabetic mice

Research shows mechanism that induces heart arrhythmias in diabetic mice

One of the most serious complications of diabetes, heart arrhythmias, is now on its way to be prevented and combated. [More]
Research reveals key role of fibroblasts in development of rheumatoid arthritis

Research reveals key role of fibroblasts in development of rheumatoid arthritis

A study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham reveals the key role of different types of fibroblast cells in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), opening up a new avenue for research into treatment of the disease. [More]
TSRI scientists unravel mystery of ‘food coma’ phenomenon

TSRI scientists unravel mystery of ‘food coma’ phenomenon

Anyone who has drifted into a fuzzy-headed stupor after a large holiday meal is familiar with the condition commonly known as a "food coma." [More]
TSRI scientists offer novel structure-based drug design strategy for better breast cancer treatment

TSRI scientists offer novel structure-based drug design strategy for better breast cancer treatment

While there have been advances in the treatment of hormone-driven breast cancer, resistance to these therapies remains a significant problem. [More]
Scientists reveal key details of the body's immune response to fungal infections

Scientists reveal key details of the body's immune response to fungal infections

Every year, fungal infections threaten thousands of patients -- from those with depressed immune systems to others who have had surgeries or devices such as catheters implanted. Moreover, some anti-fungal medications are beginning to lose their power. [More]
Psoriatic arthritis patients experience multiple symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult, survey reveals

Psoriatic arthritis patients experience multiple symptoms that can make diagnosis difficult, survey reveals

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory condition closely related to and most often co-occurring with psoriasis. [More]
TSRI study reveals how circadian clocks may influence cancer growth

TSRI study reveals how circadian clocks may influence cancer growth

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute describes an unexpected role for proteins involved with our daily "circadian" clocks in influencing cancer growth. [More]
Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risk of developing epilepsy

A new study shows a link between mothers with rheumatoid arthritis and children with epilepsy. [More]
Smoking, excess weight may influence how rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve with treatment

Smoking, excess weight may influence how rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve with treatment

A study finds that smoking or being overweight makes it more difficult for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to achieve optimal control of inflammation and symptoms, despite standard of care treatment. [More]

CreakyJoints announces first patient-friendly guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis

CreakyJoints, the go-to source for more than 100,000 arthritis patients and their families world-wide who are seeking education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research, today announced the forthcoming publication of “A Patient’s Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.” [More]
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