Archive for the ‘Arthritis’ Category

In the 1990s, attention focused on yet another genetic marker whose presence is now believed to be associated with a greater risk of RA, the so-called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Scientists such as Dr. Andreas Eigler and his team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland summarized information about the TNF gene in a 1997 article in Immunology Today. Read on »

“And just as importantly,” she stressed, “physicians can avoid prescribing aggressive, expensive treatments for individuals whose IFN gene indicates they have a milder RA that won’t benefit from such powerful medications.”

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Forewarned Is Forearmed in Treating Joints
But how is knowing that I carry the gene for developing the most crippling form of RA going to help? Maybe I’d rather not know.

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A Crystal Ball for Rheumatoid Arthritis Severity?

I’ve just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. But will mine be a severe case resulting in painful, crippling joint damage? Or will it be a relatively mild case without major joint changes or significant discomfort?
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