Joint pain isn’t just for old age; rheumatoid arthritis affects young adults, juveniles

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Joint pain isn’t just for old age; rheumatoid arthritis affects young adults, juveniles

Rheumatoid arthritis is not exclusively a disease of old age, younger people are affected by this condition, as well.

The immune system generally keeps you healthy, but there are times when these biological processes can actually harm you. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease — which arises when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own bodily tissues.

This week, on “Take Care,” Dr. Robert Shmerling explains the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Shmerling is clinical chief of the rheumatology division of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a senior editor of internet publishing at Harvard Health Publications.

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