Rheumatic DiseaseInfo Center

RA Patients’ Long-Term Response to Rx
Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with a variety of medications, depending on what works best for a patient. Sometimes, however, effective medications come with unwanted side effects.
More Activity Tied to Less Pain in Kids with Arthritis
For kids with arthritis, painful joints can limit activity. Trying to sort out the relationship between pain and activity in these kids could mean better therapies and quality of life.
Relief from Sjögren's? Not With This Arthritis Rx
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that causes dry mouth and dry eyes. A recent study tested whether Sjögren’s patients would respond to a medication sometimes used for other autoimmune disorders.
Lupus May Be More Common Than Previously Thought
In the 1950s, people thought lupus was a rare disease. Then over the years, studies found lupus rates that varied widely. Now, two new studies suggest the disease may be more common than previously thought.
Short-Course RA Therapy May Offer Long-Term Relief
The goal of treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is to dial down disease activity and provide relief from the pain, stiffness, joint damage and functional problems. A recent study highlighted one treatment that may help.
Number of Years with Arthritis Not Tied to Heart Troubles
Inflammation in arthritis clearly causes joint pain, but it has been tied to heart troubles too. A new study explored if more time with arthritis might affect the risk for heart issues.
Depression in RA Patients May Be Higher Than Previously Reported
People with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be depressed about their health situation and anxious about what lies ahead. A new study looked at just how many people with RA were depressed.
A Closer Look at Cancer Risk for Lupus Patients
Lupus is a disease that can affect almost any area of the body, and a new review showed that the condition might also carry a greater risk for certain other diseases.
Fifty Years Later, Work Remains to Curb Smoking
Fifty years ago, the US Surgeon General first warned of the dangerous effects of smoking. On the anniversary of that announcement, the current Surgeon General has released new data.
Shoulder Surgery Helped Relieve Arthritis Pain
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common cause of chronic shoulder pain but a new study shows that surgery may be the best treatment option for many people.