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Rheumatoid Arthritis
 
 
DEFINITION
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a common form of arthritis, involving inflammation in the lining of joints, leading to warmth, decreased range of motion, swelling and pain in the areas around joints. RA is a chronic disease, which means it can last for many years – or forever. In the United States, an estimated 1.3 million people have RA, that represents almost 1 percent of the adult population.
 
 
CAUSES
The cause of RA is not yet known, although we do know the immune system plays an important role in the inflammation and joint damage that occurs. When healthy, the immune system is the body's defense against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign cells. In RA, the body's immune system allows inflammatory cells and their by-products to accumulate in joints and other organs.
 
 
SYMPTOMS
The symptoms and course of RA vary from person to person. In almost all people who have RA, joint symptoms change daily. In some people, the disease may be mild with periods of activity (worsening joint inflammation) called "flares." In others, the disease is continuously active and gets worse over time. If you have RA, you will likely experience inflamed joints that are warm, swollen, tender, often pink and painful, and difficult to move. RA may cause you to feel sick all over, especially during flares.
 
 
HOW WE CAN HELP
At Accurate Clinical Research we are enrolling RA patients into various clinical programs in search for a new treatment. If you are looking for other options or want to help future generations, today is the perfect day to volunteer. Enroll today for tomorrow’s future.
 
 
OTHER LINKS
www.ra.com          • www.arthritis.org
 
 
 
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