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The American College of Rheumatology defines Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as, “A chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and limited motion and function of many joints.” RA tends to affect the small joints in the hands and feet, but can affect any joint and even cause inflammation in organs such as the eyes or lungs. Effects of RA can make it difficult to partake in physical activity or even daily tasks. Symptoms can start at any age, but most develop after the age of 40.

One of the main symptoms of RA is prolonged joint stiffness in the morning, but other symptoms include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Low fevers
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry eyes and mouth from a related health problem, Sjogren's syndrome
  • Firm lumps, called rheumatoid nodules, which grow beneath the skin in places such as the elbow and hands

RA is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 1.3 million Americans, 75 percent of which are women, according to The American College of Rheumatology. There is no cure for RA, and no existing treatment works for all patients. Ongoing research is needed to determine the most effective treatment methods for minimizing symptoms and restoring a healthy and active lifestyle.


The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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