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  • autoimmune diseases . Hilde Schjerven . rheumatoid arthritis . UC San Francisco . UCSF .

Autoimmune diseases arise when the immune system turns on itself, triggering an inflammatory response that destroys the body’s own tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) erupts when the immune system, which normally protects against infection and disease, instead attacks the joints, causing swelling, stiffness and crippling pain. With funding from the Arthritis National Research Foundation, Hilde Schjerven, PhD, a member of the Precision Medicine in Rheumatology (PREMIER) Center, is exploring autoimmunity at the University of California, San Francisco. Her promising research is…

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  • bodybuilding . RA . rheumatoid arthritis . weight lifting . weight lifting with arthritis .

The word “quit” is not in Danielle Bryant’s vocabulary. From a young age, Danielle was a star athlete, competing in basketball and softball throughout school, earning Varsity letters as a freshman and taking her high school softball team to the state championship tournament in her sophomore year. Dani’s future as a successful athlete was almost a given. But when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) struck in the summer of 1992, her body had other plans for her. Her RA  soon took her…

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  • Austin O'Toole . fundraising . nonprofit . Research . rheumatoid arthritis . tutoring . Tutoring For The Cure .

Austin O’Toole is committed to making a difference. Whether it be in his hometown of Chicago, in a classroom, or working for a bigger cause, Austin has his hands full with an impressive lineup of work. Austin, only 18, is an active member of his high school’s student government, a children’s Hebrew teacher, and an employee at a construction company. On top of juggling all of this, he’s also applying for colleges for the upcoming fall semester. But, when Austin’s…

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  • arthritis research . genetic mechanism . genetics . rheumatoid arthritis . Stephanie Stanford . UC San Diego .

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks cartilage and bone, progressively destroying multiple joints. In the hope of finding a cure, researchers are looking at a genetic mechanism in rheumatoid arthritis by scrutinizing gene mutations that kindle autoimmune diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, a cruel disease that leads to stiff, deformed joints and often crippling pain, afflicts an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States. At the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Arthritis National Research Foundation funded…

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  • arthritis . cure arthritis . Cure Arthritis Ambassador . racing for a cure . rheumatoid arthritis .

Our newest Cure Arthritis Ambassador, Carmen Mata, known online by her username, @Lil_RA_Warrior, is just that: A warrior. Through the course of her battle with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she has run 21 half marathons, 4 full marathons, countless 5Ks and one ultra-marathon. She is no stranger to facing a challenge and she continuously inspires the RA community. Carmen has suffered through arthritis related pain since she was a teenager. She initially chalked it up to injuries sustained from a car…

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  • autoimmune diseases . Kai Yang . rheumatoid arthritis . St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . T Cells .

Autoimmune diseases are often triggered by a T-cell imbalance in our system. Like forces ready for battle against an invading army, the T cells are pivotal players in defending the body against infection or injury. When under siege, the immune system quickly releases a burst of disease-fighting T-cells to engulf and defeat the invaders. Specialized blood cells—called “T effector cells”—are mobilized to fight the attack. Once the enemy is vanquished, regulatory T cells (Tregs) are supposed to quickly sweep away…

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  • france . germany . rheumatoid arthritis . Travel . Traveling With Arthritis .

Sometimes you end up in the wrong city in a foreign country. Like confronting the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis, each situation requires a new language, especially when traveling with arthritis. Testing positive for Resilience Factor is a plus. As I wrote in last month's traveling with arthritis article, my husband David and I traveled to Paris, fullfilling a dream to travel abroad. Just as life, we had loose-knit plans, and were determined to live, laugh, and confront any bumps in…

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  • Paris . rheumatoid arthritis . RheumerHasIt . Travel . Traveling With Arthritis .

"What if I have a bad day?" I said.   “Then you’ll have a bad day in Paris,” said my husband, David. The man with smiling brown eyes assured me that this longed-for travel was still a good idea. David and I have long talked of a trip abroad. I’ve driven the Alaska Highway, but I’ve never been to Europe. Two years ago, he sprung this birthday surprise on me over lunch. My eyes sprang a leak, and we began…

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  • hiking . juvenile rheumatoid arthritis . Loran Moir . rheumatoid arthritis .

One thing about Loran is apparent – she loves to climb. She climbed the tallest mountain in Colorado (Mt. Quandary) and has climbed several 14,000 foot mountains to date. Though these are impressive feats on their own, they pale in comparison to Loran’s accomplishment of climbing them while facing rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. With each summit, she not only endured physical hardship, but also ventured on a journey of self-discovery, overcoming discouragement from others and her own self-doubt. By facing…

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  • art . chronic pain . RA . rheum . rheumatoid arthritis .

When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis almost six years ago, I was literally blown away. I went from thinking I had some bug or a muscle strain or a banged up ankle, to hearing what I thought at the time was a life sentence of misery with chronic pain. For those first few years, I trudged through life from one doctor appointment to another, really just going through the motions. Then a close friend said something that opened my…

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