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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.

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Published by: International Business Times on Jun 02, 2009
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U.S. Department of Health andHuman ServicesNational Institutes of Health
National Institute of Arthritis andMusculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
   H   A   N   D   O   U   T    O   N    H   E   A   L   T   H
Rheumatoid Arthritis
 
This booklet is not copyrighted. Readers are encour-aged to duplicate and distribute as many copies asneeded.Additional copies of this booklet are available from theNational Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal andSkin Diseases, NIAMS/National Institutes of Health,1 AMS Circle, Bethesda, MD 20892–3675, and on theNIAMS Web site at www.niams.nih.gov.
For Your Information
This publication contains information about medica-tions used to treat the health condition discussed here.When this booklet was printed, we included the mostup-to-date (accurate) information available. Occasion-ally, new information on medication is released.For updates and for any questions about any medica-tions you are taking, please contact the U.S. Foodand Drug Administration at 1–888–INFO–FDA(1–888–463–6332, a toll-free call) or visit their Website at www.fda.gov.
 
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Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Develops and Progresses . .
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Occurrence and Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis. . . . . .
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Searching for the Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis . . . .
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Diagnosing and Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. . . . . . .
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Diagnosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Treatment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Current Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Hope for the Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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For More Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Illustration
Normal Joint and Joint Affected byRheumatoid Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Goals of Treatment and Current TreatmentApproaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Medications Commonly Used To TreatRheumatoid Arthritis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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