rheumatoid arthritis


Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

: a usually chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints abbreviation RA — compare osteoarthritis

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Other studies published in various medical journals have found connections with rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and the immune system, according to a publication by Harvard Medical School. Washington Post, "UVA researcher working to engineer ‘gut bugs’ for health," 2 Aug. 2019 In clinical trials, patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that leads to painful and progressive swelling of the joints, have experienced rapid improvement in movement and a marked slowing of joint deterioration. Fortune, "Protect at All Costs: How the Maker of the World’s Bestselling Drug Keeps Prices Sky-High," 18 July 2019 In 1998, the FDA approved Enbrel for treating rheumatoid arthritis. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A drug's most dangerous side effects often aren't discovered until it's on the market," 18 July 2019 Its goal was to acquire or merge with SRI, which is home to two Nobel laureates, and is famous for developing such drugs as Humira, which fights rheumatoid arthritis. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC pays UCSD $50M, and gives the school an apology, for raiding its Alzheimer’s program," 3 July 2019 Besides a seminal contribution to birth-control science, Mr. Rosenkranz’s team achieved the first practical synthesis of cortisone, the drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and reduce painful inflammations in muscles and joints. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 Together, the companies have projected 2019 revenue of about $48 billion, including AbbVie's haul from the Humira, a rheumatoid arthritis treatment that qualifies as the world's best-selling drug. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Humira maker AbbVie to acquire Botox maker Allergan for $63 billion," 25 June 2019 For AbbVie, the acquisition may ease investor concerns about long-term growth, since patents expire in a few years on its franchise product, the Humira rheumatoid arthritis treatment. STAT, "Pharmalittle: AbbVie will buy Allergan for $63 billion; Trump administration eyes candidates to run FDA," 25 June 2019 AbbVie is facing pressure to navigate the end of patent protection for the world’s top-selling drug, Humira, a rheumatoid arthritis treatment that accounts for more than half of its revenue. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Behind Spate of Drug Deals, the Need for Short-Term Growth," 25 June 2019

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1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

medical : a serious disease that continues to become worse over a long period of time and that causes the joints to become very painful, stiff, and swollen

rheumatoid arthritis


Medical Definition of rheumatoid arthritis

: a usually chronic disease that is considered an autoimmune disease and is characterized especially by pain, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes destruction of joints abbreviation RA

called also atrophic arthritis

— compare osteoarthritis

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