rheumatology

Sjögren’s syndrome hit the headlines when US tennis player Venus Williams declared she was suffering from it. What is Sjögren’s syndrome? How do you pronounce it anyway? And is there a cure? What Is It? Sjögren’s syndrome, pronounced “Showgren’s syndrome”, is what doctors call a chronic systemic autoimmune disease. It’s when the body’s immune system… Read more

Nanoparticles coated with a neutrophil membrane have been developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. These neutrophil “nanosponges” are able to safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of the nanosponges effectively treated severe rheumatoid arthritis in two mouse models… Read more

The immune system plays a crucial role in both health and disease. From recovering from an infection to helping a wound heal, the immune system is always playing its part. Although irregular, excessive and ultimately damaging activation of the immune system can be a consequence of an autoimmune disease. There are many different autoimmune diseases… Read more

Higher levels of chronic inflammation in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are associated with more positive connections between multiple brain networks, new research from University of Michigan investigators shows. In patients with chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, there has been limited understanding of how this inflammation affects the brain. “Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory… Read more

An overlap between the causes of rheumatoid arthritis and Huntington’s disease, a fatal and incurable genetic brain disease, has been found by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Using new analytic tools, the researchers decoded the epigenetic landscape for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)… Read more