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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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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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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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.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 3 Oct 2013

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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

http://www.ifautoimmunearthritis.org

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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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 8760 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Tofacitinib versus methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Bethanie Wilkinson, Sriram Krishnaswami, Ronald F van Vollenhoven

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2014 Sep;371(12):1164-5.

 

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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Analgesic effect of different moxibustion durations in rheumatoid arthritis rats.
 

Author(s): Baozhu Zheng, Ling Hu, Xiaoge Song, Zijian Wu, Ronglin Cai, Lu He, Cheng Zhang, Qing Yu

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2014 Feb;34(1):90-5.

 

To observe the influence of different moxibustion durations on hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) and prodynorphin (PDYN) mRNA expressions and plasma beta-endorphin (beta-EP) content in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rats, to understand the mechanism of moxibustion analgesia and ...

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2014

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Recommendations of the French Society for Rheumatology for managing rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Cécile Gaujoux-Viala, Laure Gossec, Alain Cantagrel, Maxime Dougados, Bruno Fautrel, Xavier Mariette, Henri Nataf, Alain Saraux, Sonia Trope, Bernard Combe,

Journal: Joint Bone Spine. 2014 Jul;81(4):287-97.

 

This article reports the latest recommendations of the French Society for Rheumatology (SFR) regarding the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Last Updated: 15 Jul 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 990 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Putative approaches to bypass the citrulline-specific autoimmune response in rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Smadar Gertel, Howard Amital

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Sep;16(9):587-90.

 

The major autoantigens in the inflamed synovium in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are citrullinated peptides. Citrullinated peptides are employed in diagnostic kits for detection of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA), a serological marker with high specificity and sensitivity ...

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2014

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[An approach to bone and cartilage repair of rheumatoid arthritis by mesenchymal stem cells].
 

Author(s): Koshiro Sonomoto, Kunihiro Yamaoka, Yoshiya Tanaka

Journal: J. UOEH. 2014 Jun;36(2):141-6.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease represented by chronic inflammation and following structural damage at the articular joints. Progression of the disease causes disability and subsequent early retirement or a care-requiring condition. Although new agents have the ...

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2014

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Involvement of the circadian rhythm and inflammatory cytokines in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Kohsuke Yoshida, Teppei Hashimoto, Yoshitada Sakai, Akira Hashiramoto

Journal: J Immunol Res. 2014 ;2014():282495.

 

Among the symptoms of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), joint stiffness is influenced by diurnal rhythm and reaches peak in the morning, which is a common complaint and reflects the circadian nature of disease manifestation. In addition, inflammatory cytokines, which reach ...

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Targeting Synovitis in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis; Polyarthritis

 

Last Updated: 9 Sep 2009

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Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Support Study
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 9 Jan 2014

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Health Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 28 Jun 2006

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