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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA is an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints in the body. 

RA is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. It affects more than 1.3 million Americans. About 75% of RA patients are women. In fact, 1 – 3% of women may get rheumatoid arthritis in their lifetime. The disease most often begins between the ages of 30 and 50. However, RA can start at any age.

RA is a chronic disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joints. Small joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected. Sometimes RA can affect your organs, such as eyes, skin or lungs.

The joint stiffness in active RA is often the worst in the morning. It may last one to two hours (or even the whole day). It generally improves with movement of the joints. Stiffness for a long time in the morning is a clue that you may have RA, as this is not common in other conditions. For instance, osteoarthritis most often does not cause prolonged morning stiffness.

Treatments for RA can stop joint pain and swelling. Treatment also prevents joint damage. Early treatment will give better long term results. Regular low-impact exercises, such as walking, and exercises can increase muscle strength. This will improve your overall health and lower pressure on your joints.  Studies show that people who receive early treatment for RA feel better sooner and more often, and are more likely to lead an active life. They also are less likely to have the type of joint damage that leads to joint replacement.  (American College of Rheumatology)

If you answer "Yes" to the criteria below, you may be a candidate for our clinical trial.  CARE is now enrolling for a clinical trial to test a new medication to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Contact us today to learn more about the trial or to get started.




Entry criteria are as follows:

  • age 18 to 80
  • body weight is greater than 88lbs but less than 200lbs
  • diagnosed with RA for more than 3 months
  • Have tried other medications for RA

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