Rheumatoid arthritis medication advances.
Just say no to drugs.
This phrase has been part of American culture since the 1980s, when first lady Nancy Reagan proposed it as an answer to the drug problem in the U.S. And although it may be good advice when it comes to the recreational use of mind-altering substances, it’s bad policy if you’re talking about rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an incurable, inflammatory, autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own healthy tissue for reasons that are poorly understood. RA is probably most closely associated with potentially disabling destruction and deformation of the joints, but it also attacks many of the body’s major organ systems, including the heart, lungs, blood vessels, eyes and skin.
“If you don’t treat the disease, the consequences are life-threatening,” according to Dr. Roger Kornu, a rheumatologist with the University of California, Irvine.
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