Rheumatoid arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that normally affects the small joints in your hands and feet. It is an autoimmune disease meaning your body’s immune system, which protects your health by attacking foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses, mistakenly attacks your joints causing inflammation or swelling, redness, warmth and pain. The severity of symptoms varies between individuals and may come and go. Symptoms may include tender, warm, and swollen joints, joint stiffness especially in the morning, firm bumps of tissue under the skin on your arms (rheumatoid nodules), fatigue, fever, and weight loss. Symptoms may get progressively worse and may affect your wrist, knee, ankle, elbow, hip and shoulder joints.

The reason the immune system attacks the joints is unknown, but doctors believe there is a genetic component along with environmental factors. Individuals with a family history, between the ages of 40 and 60, and female are at a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis may increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, heart problems, and lung disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose in the beginning because there is no single blood test or physical finding to confirm the diagnosis. However, your doctor may perform a physical exam to check your joints, blood tests, and an x-rays to help diagnose. While there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, there are medications to ease the symptoms, reduce inflammation, and slow down the progression of the disease. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, talk with your doctor to learn about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good sources of information and support.

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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: 9 Jul 2015

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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.

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Last Updated: 9 Jul 2015

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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 10422 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Thyroid disorders in patients with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis is associated with poor initial treatment response evaluated by disease activity score in 28 joints-C-reactive protein (DAS28-CRP): An observational cohort study.
 

Author(s): Amir Emamifar, Jørgen Hangaard, Inger Marie Jensen Hansen

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Oct;96(43):e8357.

 

To determine the prevalence of thyroid disorders among newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and evaluate the association between clinical characteristics of RA and thyroid disorders, and also initial treatment response in the RA patients with thyroid disorders.Newly ...

Last Updated: 25 Oct 2017

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Subclinical atherosclerosis and history of cardiovascular events in Italian patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Results from a cross-sectional, multicenter GIRRCS (Gruppo Italiano di Ricerca in Reumatologia Clinica e Sperimentale) study.
 

Author(s): Piero Ruscitti, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Federica Macaluso, Daniela Iacono, Francesca D'Onofrio, Giacomo Emmi, Fabiola Atzeni, Marcella Prete, Federico Perosa, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Lorenzo Emmi, Francesco Paolo Cantatore, Giovanni Triolo, Antonella Afeltra, Roberto Giacomelli, Gabriele Valentini

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Oct;96(42):e8180.

 

Several studies have pointed out a significant association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and accelerated atherosclerosis. At the best of our knowledge, no such study has been carried out in a large Italian series and, in this study, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of both ...

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2017

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Sodium excretion is higher in patients with rheumatoid arthritis than in matched controls.
 

Author(s): Sarah Marouen, Guilhem du Cailar, Rachel Audo, Cedric Lukas, Gaelle Vial, Anne Tournadre, Emmanuel Barrat, Jean Ribstein, Bernard Combe, Jacques Morel, Claire I Daien

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It was shown that sodium can promote auto-immunity through the activation of the Th17 pathway. We aimed to compare sodium intake in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) vs. matched controls.

Last Updated: 13 Oct 2017

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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 1176 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

HLA class II and rheumatoid arthritis: the bumpy road of revelation.
 

Author(s): Arieke S B Kampstra, René E M Toes

Journal: Immunogenetics. 2017 Aug;69(8-9):597-603.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic auto-immune disease primarily targeting the joints. Approximately 1% of the population is affected by RA, and despite the improvements in therapeutic interventions, elucidation of the disease pathogenesis is still in its infancy. RA patients ...

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2017

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Prediction of Response to Targeted Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
 

Author(s): C A Wijbrandts, P P Tak

Journal: Mayo Clin. Proc.. 2017 Jul;92(7):1129-1143.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune syndrome presenting with chronic inflammation of the joints. Patients with the same diagnosis can present with different phenotypes. In some patients severe joint inflammation and early joint destruction are observed, whereas a milder phenotype ...

Last Updated: 9 Jul 2017

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One year in review 2017: pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
 

Author(s): Francesca Angelotti, Alice Parma, Giacomo Cafaro, Riccardo Capecchi, Alessia Alunno, Ilaria Puxeddu

Journal: Clin. Exp. Rheumatol.. ;35(3):368-378.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. It has been postulated that a high-risk genetic background, in combination with epigenetic marks and environmental exposures, leads to a cascade of events inducing ...

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2017

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Discovering the Antecedents of Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 18 Oct 2017

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients and Porphyromonas Gingivalis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017

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Reduced Ultrasound Counts in Rheumatoid Arthritis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2017

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