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Arthritis Study Is Both Alarming and Hopeful

By    |   Friday, 16 January 2015 01:03 PM

People with severe rheumatoid arthritis have up to double the risk of dying, but effective treatment may reduce this danger, a new study finds.
 
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease that attacks tissue around the body’s joints, causing pain, swelling and inflammation.
 
German researchers analyzed data from 8,908 RA patients and found that patients with a high level of the disease had twice the risk of dying over the follow-up period, which ranged from 3 ½ to 9 years. On the other hand, the researchers also found that treatment with newer RA drugs known as TNF blockers could significantly lower the chances of dying.
 
The study found people with severe RA lost an average of about 10 years of life compared with general population.

TNF blockers reduced death rate better than conventional RA drugs known as DMARDs, according to the study in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.
 
TNF blockers are drugs that are biologically created to suppress tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which is part of body’s inflammatory response. Examples include Remicaid (infliximab) and Humira (adalimumab). DMARDS, such as methotrexate, act on the immune system.
 

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