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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Today Do Much Better Than Those Diagnosed 20 Years Ago

By December 3, 2013

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ra_womanAccording to study results published online December 3, 2013 in Arthritis Care & Research, rheumatoid arthritis patients now have an easier time with daily living than patients who were diagnosed 20 years ago. Anxiety, depressed mood, and physical disability have been cut in half during that time frame. Researchers attribute the improvement, at least in part, to reduced disease activity.

What may have reduced disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients? Researchers point to improved treatment options, early treatment, the use of biologic drugs, as well as recommendations to remain physically active. Study results also revealed that one out of 4 newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients are disabled after the first 4 years of treatment. Twenty years ago, it was 2 out of 4 patients.

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