“Arthritis” is from the Greek arthro-, meaning joint and -itis, for inflammation. This broad category comprises over 100 different forms of disease, from the most prevalent form, osteoarthritis or “wear and tear” arthritis, to its most virulent and potentially life-threatening autoimmune forms, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.
Here are some of the perhaps less prevalent, but no less virulent “arthritis” diseases our ANRF arthritis research is devoted to:
PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson suffers from Psoriatic Arthritis. Tennis star, Venus Williams, was recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. ANRF board member and spokesperson, LPGA Tour pro golfer, Kristy McPherson, continues to battle Still’s Disease, a rare from of JRA she contracted at age 11.
The research ANRF funds studying the autoimmune forms of arthritis has an impact across the spectrum of ALL autoimmune diseases. As scientists begin to solve the mystery of how the human immune system works – the how and why certain inflammatory and other symptoms are initiated, we will find the key to prevent and cure arthritis – not only RA, lupus and jRA, but also diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders.
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*Please reference the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/types.htm) and the American College of Rheumatolgoy (http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/index.asp) for complete lists of arthritic conditions.