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  The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  The Foundation offers information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis, whether itís advice from medical experts to specialized arthritis self-management or exercise classes.  See: Maine Programs.         NEW  02-14-2011

  Rheumatoid Arthritis overview.  See also: Differential Diagnoses & Workup Treatment and Medication, and Follow-up.  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause that primarily affects the peripheral joints in a symmetric pattern. Constitutional symptoms, including fatigue, malaise, and morning stiffness, are common. Extra-articular involvement of organs such as the skin, heart, lungs, and eyes can be significant. RA causes joint destruction and thus often leads to considerable morbidity and mortality. With the recent addition of new and innovative therapies, the treatment of RA is rapidly advancing.         NEW  02-14-2011

  Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus).  Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, multifaceted inflammatory disease that can affect every organ system of the body. SLE is protean in its manifestations and follows a relapsing and remitting course. This article addresses what is known regarding the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, and treatment of SLE.         NEW  02-14-2011

  Arthritis.  Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation.  There are many types of arthritis (over 100 identified, and the number is growing). The types range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States.         NEW  02-14-2011

  Pain treatment - Guidelines Descriptions.   Musculoskeletal Pain (including Back Pain, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia.)  The guidelines are organized by year of publication (descending order). A guideline will be replaced when it is reviewed and updated, or it will be removed when the sponsoring organization determines that the content is outdated.         NEW  02-14-2011

  Arthritis Pain (Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid) .  Note: Pain Treatment Topics does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

  Arthritis symptoms  by body part.

  Arthritis Drug Guide.  Medications are the cornerstone of arthritis treatment. Check out Arthritis Today's Drug Guide for the most frequently used medications for different types of arthritis, how to avoid side effects and more.

  WebMD Arthritis Health Center.  Arthritis and Joint Pain Center: Symptoms, Causes, Tests, and Treatments. Rheumatoid Arthritis/Joint Conditions.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, disabling, inflammatory type of arthritis. The joints are primarily affected, but rheumatoid arthritis can also have systemic effects. Learn more about this complicated disease -- starting with the basics.         NEW  02-14-2011

  NYTimes Health Guide, February 13, 2011..  Recent findings and perspectives on arthritis medical research.         NEW  02-14-2011

  MedLine Plus Health Topics:   Arthritis.  Latest News, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Treatment, Alternative Therapy, Rehabilitation/Recovery, Disease Management, Clinical Trials, Journal Articles, and more.


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