Scientists Find Inflammation Immune Cell Switch

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LONDON — Scientists have found a protein that acts as a “master switch” to determine whether certain white blood cells will boost or dampen inflammation, a finding that may help the search for new drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Read More:

Hope Is A One Way Street

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I woke up crying today. It used to be that I could alleviate some of the pain by staying still…but today, the exact opposite seems to hold true. It hurts to sit down. It hurts to stand up. It hurts to lay down.  Pressing my forearms down on a tabletop, placing all of my weight on my right leg, and …

Perpetual Exclusivity

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A year and a half ago, during the great “health care reform” debate, I was startled by a little-discussed provision in the proposed legislation that was going to grant an extended period of exclusivity (i.e. protection from generic competition) to biotech firms. According to what I was reading in the press, the aim of these new laws was twofold: 1. …

Little Improvements

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Today is only a few hours old, but already I’ve noticed a lot of little improvements! I woke up at 8:00 a.m., as opposed to my usual time this past week of 11:00 a.m. Instead of having my breakfast served to me, I cooked the food and brewed the coffee. When I sat down to take my bath, my left …

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Cane Thug + Ruth Agnes My friends knew me as a skateboarder, dirt bike rider, BMX dork, comic geek, video gamer, writer, actress, and a diesel femme tomboy of sorts. In short, I’m a bit of a nerd. Now I’m known to strangers as the girl with the cane. I’m in my early twenties and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I …