Rheumatoid Arthritis News

Rheumatoid arthritis is just one of many types of arthritis, a group of conditions that impact the bones, cartilage and other elements of joints. Women are three times more likely than men to have rheumatoid arthritis.

Unlike the more common osteoarthritis, which seems to be caused by age-related concerns, obesity and general wear and tear, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that a problem with the body’s immune system causes it to inadvertently attack itself. With rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system is attacking the joints.

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Though the cause of rheumatoid arthritis isn’t exactly clear, researchers do have some theories as to why some people are more likely to have it than others. There seem to be both genetic and environmental factors at play in rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, smoking may increase risk or increase the intensity of the disease. In some cases, it may in part be due to the body’s response to another illness or to other stresses.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Similar to other forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint pain and swelling. With rheumatoid arthritis, however, the intensity of the pain seems to come and go in episodes called “flares.” Over time, the disease can worsen and lead to greater pain and even joint deformities and disabilities as the bones gradually deteriorate as a result of the condition.

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Though there's currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, it can be managed through medication and therapies. Corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help manage the pain. Also, drugs called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic agents have become increasingly effective at directly treating rheumatoid arthritis and sometimes putting it into remission. Regular exercise also seems to be highly effective in keeping the body mobile and fighting the effects of the disease.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation; American College of Rheumatology.

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11/8/2017
10/31/2017
8/10/2017
Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Risk was doubled among men who did electrical work, and tripled among bricklayers, study finds

6/23/2017
Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Study suggests most fish may play role in controlling symptoms

4/25/2017
Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study found less disability, lower risk of early death

4/10/2017
Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track

Inflammation from excess weight could lead doctors to think disease is worse in women than it is, study finds

3/7/2017
1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Agency recommends exercise, not opioids, to control pain, stiffness

3/6/2017
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Not Ease Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After All

With disappointing study results, there's still no cure for the mysterious disorder

3/2/2017
Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

Study found 20 percent higher odds for memory-robbing condition, but didn't prove cause and effect

12/20/2016
Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

A bacterium found in the mouth may play a major role in Rheumatoid Arthritis, new study finds

12/15/2016
Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Study may offer new insight into the cause of the joint disorder

11/16/2016
Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

Researcher stressed that most children born to women with the autoimmune condition not at risk for seizures

11/15/2016
Having Rheumatoid Arthritis May Increase Heart Risk

Treating inflammation linked to the joint disease might help lower the risk, researcher says

11/14/2016
Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

Researchers found more complications, such as bleeding, for the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen

10/19/2016
10/12/2016
Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Genetic clues to this autoimmune disease could lead to breakthroughs for related disorders, researchers say

8/31/2016
7/20/2016
New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Several biologics have been approved by the FDA for use with certain forms of the disease

7/12/2016
Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study

Treatment worked some for patients who weren't responding to drugs

6/21/2016
Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health

At the job more than 60 hours a week had most damaging effects on women's well-being, study finds

4/6/2016
Inflectra Approved as 'Biosimilar' to Remicade

For adults with Crohn's, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis

4/4/2016
Study: Smoking Hikes Chances of Early Death for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

But risk declines after quitting, researchers find

3/31/2016
Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise

Baricitinib helped patients who failed other treatments, researchers find

11/9/2015
Heart Disease Deaths Drop for Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

These patients are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease

11/9/2015
Studies Explore Link Between Diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Healthy eating might help prevent debilitating joint disorder, researchers say

11/3/2015
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

Heart, respiratory problems were main contributors to early death, researchers found

8/28/2015
Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Only association was seen, and older women shouldn't take the pill to treat symptoms, experts say

7/30/2015
Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Procedure can 'turn back time' on the joints, at least temporarily, study finds

7/20/2015
Could Antibiotics Raise a Child's Risk for Juvenile Arthritis?

Odds are low, but study points to another downside of overuse

6/4/2015
Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Joint disease plus other chronic health conditions may keep up to one-third affected out of workplace

4/28/2015
Gene Discoveries Could Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

New research reveals clues to disease severity, potential outcomes

4/21/2015
Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Out-of-pocket expenses keep many Medicare patients from taking needed drugs, study suggests

3/19/2015
'Ground Zero' Workers at Risk of Autoimmune Diseases: Study

Prolonged exposure linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus

2/22/2015
Tropical Virus Symptoms Can Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

Similarities may make diagnosis of chikungunya more difficult, researchers say

2/5/2015
Certain Infections Linked to Reduced Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gut, urinary tract and genital conditions may offer some protection, study suggests

11/26/2014
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

Study finds overweight people are less likely to have remission

11/13/2014
Rheumatoid Arthritis in Moms-to-Be Linked to Premature Births

Low birth weight also more likely, researchers found

11/5/2014
Lower Doses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Work for Some

Study found many patients with early stage disease stayed in remission with less medication

9/12/2014
Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

About half of raised risk from tobacco tied to interaction with too much sodium, study finds

9/3/2014
Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study

This could lead to worsening of symptoms, researchers say

8/19/2014
Certain Symptoms Can Delay Lupus Diagnosis, Researchers Report

Headache, seizures often lead doctors down the wrong path

6/20/2014
Hairless Man Now Hairy, Thanks to Arthritis Drug

Finding points to possible treatment for condition called alopecia universalis

5/7/2014
Could a Few Beers a Week Cut a Woman's Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk?

Study finds the brew is helpful, but drinking too much is never warranted, experts say

4/11/2014
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Kidneys

Study found patients may be more likely to develop renal disease

3/26/2014
CT Scans Might Help Diagnose Gout in Some Cases

But, standard needle aspiration testing usually effective, study authors report

3/13/2014
Pain Can Plague Women After Knee Replacement Surgery

Study also found that type of anesthesia and patient's weight play a role in levels of discomfort

1/30/2014
Shoulder Replacement May Help for Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study found that surgery to relieve pain and stiffness held up for a decade

1/7/2014
Breast-Feeding Might Reduce Moms' Odds of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study in China finds risk cut nearly in half after nursing

12/3/2013
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients See Big Boost in Quality of Life

Dutch study found substantial drops in anxiety, depression and disability over 2 decades

11/8/2013
Arthritis Drug Could Benefit Some Kidney Disease Patients

Orencia may help treat a form of kidney disease that often leads to organ failure, study suggests