Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

Farmacology or Farm Ecology
We already knew pesticides caused many cancers, but now research has been extended to autoimmune diseases.   A lengthy study involving 77,000 women showed that greater exposure to pesticides results in a higher likelihood of developing lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Not Looking Good for Lupus and Kidney Patients
According to findings from two new studies, kidney failure is affecting more and more young people and African Americans. In addition, there hasn't been much improvement in the end results for these patients, especially for children with kidney failure caused by a type of lupus.
Healing Powers of Thunder God Vine
A traditional Chinese medicinal plant called thunder god vine, or lei gong ten, has been used for centuries to treat a variety of health problems. Now, new research shows there is strong scientific evidence of the plant's healing power.
Poor, Depressed, and in Pain
Having a crippling disease can be saddening for anybody. A new study shows that rheumatoid arthritis patients who are poor have a greater risk of depression.
Killing Pests Can Hurt You Too
Over the years, pesticides have been linked to a variety of serious health problems. Now, researchers have found that being exposed to pesticides may lead to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Depression Makes the Pain Worse
Knee arthritis can be so painful that standing seems impossible. Even those with mild arthritis say they feel extreme pain, especially if they have depression.
Quicker Recovery for Your Knee
Get your physical therapy started early following knee replacement surgery to save time, money and to run your next 5K. Knee rehabilitation improved patient outcomes by reducing pain, increasing joint motion in leg flexion and extension, improving muscle strength, and improving gait and balance.
Sometimes Three Rheumatoid Arthritis Pills Work Best
Many of the current treatments for rheumatoid arthritis have serious side effects. Recently, researchers tested a new drug combination to see if a one-two-three punch could reduce rheumatoid arthritis's painful symptoms.
Treatment for the Individual
Seeing that many rheumatoid arthritis patients don't respond to the leading treatments, researchers found a new way to predict how different patients can be treated.
Reversing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Treating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is one thing, but researchers may have gone one step further with the discovery of a protein that could potentially reverse pre-existing damage.