Background of the Study
A chronic, systemic autoimmune disorder that most commonly causes inflammation and tissue damage in joints (arthritis) and tendon sheaths, together with anemia. It can also produce diffuse inflammation in the lungs, pericardium, pleura, and the sclera of the eye, and also nodular lesions, most common in subcutaneous tissue under the skin. It can be a disabling and painful condition, which can lead to substantial loss of functioning and mobility. The name is based on the term "rheumatic fever", an illness which includes joint pain and is derived from the Greek word rheumatos ("flowing"). The suffix -oid ("resembling") gives the translation as joint inflammation that resembles rheumatic fever. The first recognized description of rheumatoid arthritis was made in 1800 by Dr Augustin Jacob Landré-Beauvais (1772-1840) of Paris.
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The first known traces of arthritis date back at least as far as 4500 BC. A text dated 123 AD first describes symptoms very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. It was noted in skeletal remains of Native Americans found in Tennessee. In the Old World the disease is vanishingly rare before the 1600s and on this basis investigators believe it spread across the Atlantic during the Age of Exploration. In 1859 the disease acquired its current name. (Background of the Study, 2009)
Importance of the Study
As the world further falls in the brink of looming recession, it is relatively vital to be aware of everything that concerns the public health. To this, rheumatoid arthritis is certainly not an exception. This study capsulated essential information that one ought to know about rheumatoid arthritis.
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Purpose of the Study
This term paper aims to relate rheumatoid arthritis and its consequences to the common people. Even more, this would be a significant tool in information dissemination about the particular topic so as to help people understand its causes and effects. It could be also noted that this study could be an eye-opener for the public.
Statement of the Problem
Here are some questions that can help you understand more about rheumatoid arthritis. 1. How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?
2. What causes rheumatoid arthritis?
3. What are the symptoms and signs of rheumatoid arthritis?
4. How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?
5. What is the connection of rheumatoid arthritis to the eating habits of the patient?
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Definition of Terms
alleviateto make (as symptoms) less severe or more bearable.
anorexialoss of appetite especially when prolonged.
antibodiesany of a large number of proteins of high molecular weight that are produced normally by specialized B cells after stimulation by an antigen and act specifically against the antigen in an immune response.
azathioprinea purine antimetabolite C9H7N7O2S that is used especially as an immunosuppressant.
corticosteroidany of various adrenal-cortex steroids (as corticosterone, cortisone, and aldosterone) that are divided on the basis of their major biological activity into glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids.
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cysta closed sac having a distinct membrane and developing abnormally in a body cavity or structure.
flare-ups a sudden appearance or worsening of the symptoms of a disease or condition.
immobilizeto fix (as a body...