Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks flexible joints, including those in the hands and feet. Over long periods of time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis can also produce inflammation in areas of the body including the lungs, membrane around the heart, and white of the eye. Feinstein Institute researchers are conducting studies on rheumatoid arthritis to identify genes that affect the disease or predispose people to the disease. They are also working to identify targets for the development of new bioelectronic medicine therapies.

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