Wednesday, June 9, 2010

News on RA

Unfortunately, it seems as though the number of RA cases in women have risen. Women are generally more prone to developing RA than men, although there is really no known reason. Within the story featured on Arthritis Today, doctors are grasping at straws and tying this increase to environmental factors such as smoking, vitamin D deficiency, and birth control.

Now for the good news: A new shot developed could potentially cure arthritis. The drug has only been used on mice, and has only been shown to stop arthritis right as it's beginning. For the mice already affect by RA, it only has slowed the progression of the disease. Still, with a little more research, there's hope. There's at least the possibility that, by the time I have children, everyone will be vaccinated against RA.

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