Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Not Just a Joint Disease

Contributor: Qingping Yao, MD, PhD Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an ongoing inflammatory autoimmune disease that primarily affects the small joints. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. RA causes joint pain, pain … Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Strange Danger

There are two types of arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the type that concerns us here. That’s because people with RA have a significant risk of mortality, almost twice that of the normal population, adding up to a 15-18 year reduction in life span. Most of that risk comes from cardiovascular … Read More