A 2015 study found that people with rheumatoid disease missed nearly 14 workdays each year - compared to 10 in the general population.
People with rheumatoid disease (aka rheumatoid arthritis) face additional professional challenges.
An Australian team has made a new breakthrough in autoimmune disease research.
They have identified the individual cells that cause autoimmune disease. These cells go rogue and evade the checkpoints that normally stop immune cells from targeting the body's own tissues.
Studies have linked rheumatoid and gum disease for many years, but the link has not been well understood, other than both diseases involve inflammation.
A new study from John Hopkins University has found that a bacterium that causes chronic gum infections also triggers the inflammatory autoimmune response found in rheumatoid patients.
Rheumatoid disease may be triggered by a missing molecular 'anchor'.
Stanford rheumatologist Connie Weyand, MD, PhD, and her colleagues may have discovered one of the possible underlying causes of rheumatoid disease.
The vagus nerve is a long nerve that runs between the brain and the neck, chest, and abdomen. It allows the brain to monitor and receive information about several of the body's different functions.
A team at Stanford University, led by Dr. Mark Genovese, has been able to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid disease by electrostimulation of the vagus nerve.