Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

Hope for the Future

Scientists are making rapid progress in understanding the complexities of rheumatoid arthritis: how and why it develops, why some people get it and others do not, why some people get it more severely than others. Results from research are having an impact today, enabling people with rheumatoid arthritis to remain active in life, family, and work far longer than was possible 20 years ago. There is also hope for tomorrow, as researchers begin to apply new technologies such as stem cell transplantation and novel imaging techniques. (Stem cells have the capacity to differentiate into specific cell types, which gives them the potential to change damaged tissue in which they are placed.) These and other advances will lead to an improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

For More Information

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Information Clearinghouse
National Institutes of Health

1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Phone: 301-495-4484
Toll Free: 877-22-NIAMS (877-226-4267)
TTY: 301-565-2966
Fax: 301-718-6366
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niams.nih.gov

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institutes of Health

Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Phone: (301) 496-5717

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health

Website: http://nccam.nih.gov
Phone: 301-519-3153
Toll free: 888-644-6226

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Website: http://www.aaos.org

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
Website: http://www.rheumatology.org

Arthritis Foundation
Website: http://www.arthritis.org

SOURCE:

National Institutes of Health


Last Editorial Review: 4/1/2009