1. Introduction/Thesis Statement.
Rheumatoid arthritis, RA, is a chronic autoimmune disease in which both genetic and
environmental factors contribute to the disease process. It is characterized by flare-up and
remission periods affecting over 1.5 million people in the United States, in which approximately
300,000 of those people are children. Rheumatoid arthritis is by far the most serious, painful, and
potentially crippling form of arthritis. It is often called “the great crippler” because it can lead to
deformities and debilitation. People living with RA live in fear that they might one day become
disabled, but we have learned through research that early detection is the best preventive
measure against disability. While RA has no cure and is somewhat of a mystery disease,
researchers are making great advances in modern medicine to help with the symptoms and the
progression of RA. These biologic medicines have made life much more manageable for RA
patients improving their quality of life and overall health.
2. Disease definition and patient prevalence
Definition of RA
Age, sex, prevalence related to RA
3. Diagnosis and prognosis of RA
What causes RA?
How it is diagnosed
Other risk factors associated with RA.
4. Patient experiences
Symptoms and signs of RA
Treatment available (medications, etc.)
1. New treatment hope with biologics.
Prognosis of patients with RA.
5. Living and coping with RA.
Coping with the disease.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/DS00020 www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/rheum www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid.htm
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