Rheumatoid arthritis

Common Name(s)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects your joints, meaning your body’s immune system, which protects your health by attacking foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks your joints. Symptoms include pain, fatigue and warm, swollen, reddish joints. Inflammation in the small joints of the wrist and hand or long periods of joint stiffness in the morning are not uncommon.

About 1.5 million people in the United States, as many as three times more female than male, are affected by the disease. Currently, there is no cure but a number of medications to ease the symptoms, reduce inflammation and slow down the progression of the disease, have proven helpful.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Rheumatoid arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Rheumatoid arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

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Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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US Pain Foundation

US Pain Foundation is created by people with pain for people with pain. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions and their care providers, U.S. Pain Foundation exists to help individuals find resources and inspiration.
Our mission is simple: to educate, connect, inform, advocate and empower those living with pain. In addition we work to educate the public on pain issues and to raise awareness on pain in America. We recognize and validate the 100 million Americans who battle pain every day by offering positive programs that empower and ed

http://www.uspainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 24 Sep 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Rheumatoid arthritis" returned 8494 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Changes in anti-citrullinated protein antibody titers following treatment with infliximab for rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Joao L P Vaz, Mirhelen M Abreu, Roger A Levy

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jan;16(1):17-9.

 

The presence of anti-citrullinated peptide/ protein antibody (ACPA) has a high specificity and predictive value for the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Some studies have shown decreased titers of this antibody after treatment with infliximab.

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2014

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Features of the synovium of individuals at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis: implications for understanding preclinical rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): M J H de Hair, M G H van de Sande, T H Ramwadhdoebe, M Hansson, R Landewé, C van der Leij, M Maas, G Serre, D van Schaardenburg, L Klareskog, D M Gerlag, L G M van Baarsen, P P Tak

Journal: Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Mar;66(3):513-22.

 

Findings from previous studies have suggested that subclinical inflammation of the synovium does not coincide with the appearance of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-specific autoantibodies. This study was undertaken to examine the relationship between the presence of autoantibodies, changes ...

Last Updated: 27 Feb 2014

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Evaluation of synovial angiogenesis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis using ⁶⁸Ga-PRGD2 PET/CT: a prospective proof-of-concept cohort study.
 

Author(s): Zhaohui Zhu, Yufeng Yin, Kun Zheng, Fang Li, Xiaoyuan Chen, Fengchun Zhang, Xuan Zhang

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2014 Jun;73(6):1269-72.

 

The study aimed to evaluate the use of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with (68)Ga-PRGD2 as the tracer for imaging of synovial angiogenesis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Rheumatoid arthritis" returned 947 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Lichen striatus associated with etanercept treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Viviana Lora, Jean Kanitakis, Alessandra Latini, Carlo Cota

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Apr;70(4):e90-2.

 

Last Updated: 17 Mar 2014

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Exercise and fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Sandor Balsamo, Leonardo R Diniz, Leopoldo L dos Santos-Neto, Licia M H da Mota

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Jan;16(1):57-60.

 

Fatigue, the enduring sensation of weakness, lack of energy, tiredness or exhaustion, is described by 40%-80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis as their most disabling symptom with wide-ranging consequences for quality of life. Little attention has been paid to its multidimensional ...

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2014

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Efficacy of conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, glucocorticoids and tofacitinib: a systematic literature review informing the 2013 update of the EULAR recommendations for management of rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Cécile Gaujoux-Viala, Jackie Nam, Sofia Ramiro, Robert Landewé, Maya H Buch, Josef S Smolen, Laure Gossec

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2014 Mar;73(3):510-5.

 

To update a previous systematic review assessing the efficacy of conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Last Updated: 5 Feb 2014

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

The Predictive Value of Ultrasound in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Predictive Value of Ultrasound in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 20 Dec 2012

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Targeting Synovitis in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Polyarthritis

 

Last Updated: 9 Sep 2009

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Health Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2006

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