Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

Diagnosing Childhood Arthritis
Lab tests alone cannot diagnose arthritis in children, additional information about the child is needed to effectively identify the disease.
With Arthritis, Procastination Prolongs Pain
It's unlikely that any patient who suffers from painful rheumatoid arthritis won't seek treatment for it. However, new research indicates that getting treatment earlier results in improved remission of the disease.
Target Practice
Researchers hope discovery into enzymes, immune cells, and inflammation will alleviate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases.
Crippling Depression
According to a new study there are two factors that may cause this group of people to be more likely to become depressed.
More Problems for Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis
If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and poor sleep quality, you may also be at risk for a number of other ailments.
ACDC Isn't Just a Rock Band
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have identified a new, extremely rare vascular disease and its genetic cause.
Lupus Loophole Turns Out to be Dead-End
Even though pediatric lupus patients are at increased risk of developing heart disease as adults, statin drugs, which lower cholesterol, do not provide enough benefit to warrant use in these patients. Children with lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes widespread inflammation and organ damage, often exhibit early signs of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center wanted to find a way to lower this risk and turned to statin drugs for the study. The randomized trial included 221 partici...
Flipping Off Inflammation
A "master switch" protein in white blood cells has been found to influence whether the cells promote or hinder inflammation, according to a new study.