What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

From Everyday Health:

“Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that affects the joints causing inflammation. Over time this inflammation can damage the joint lining and lead to joint deformity and disability. The inflammation in RA is caused by an abnormal immune system that mistakes normal joint tissues for foreign invaders and sends antibodies to attack them. Doctors don’t know exactly why this happens. Although there is no cure, many of the mysteries of rheumatoid arthritis are being unraveled.”

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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