Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. Although it shares some symptoms with osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that usually occurs in older people due to wear and tear on joints, there are some key differences. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack at any age, can come on rapidly, and may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as fatigue.
Inflammation-Fighting Treatments Can HelpEarly diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can help slow down joint damage. Learn more about the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and how to control the disease with medicine, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
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Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, where the body’s immune system mistakenly mounts an attack upon some part of the body. Three new studies suggest salt may be a prime suspect in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine).
TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) — Older women who’ve had regular exposure to sunlight may be less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, new findings indicate. This beneficial effect — which is believed to be due to ultraviolet B (UV-B) in sunlight — was only evident in older women. This may be because younger women are [...]
Genes specific to the X chromosome are among newly identified genes linked to rheumatoid arthritis and could help explain why women are more likely than men to develop the disease, researchers say. Women have two X chromosomes while men have an X and a Y chromosome.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) — Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to suffer hip dislocation after hip replacement surgery than those with osteoarthritis, a new study says. In addition, rheumatoid arthritis patients have a higher infection risk after total knee replacement than osteoarthritis patients, the study authors found. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is felt throughout the [...]
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) — Xeljanz (tofacitinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) among people who can’t tolerate, or haven’t been helped by, the drug methotrexate. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body. In the case of [...]