What happens in rheumatoid arthritis, exactly?

What is it? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term condition that typically causes joints to become painful, swollen and warm. It is an autoimmune disease which means that it is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the body itself. RA affects about 0.5% to 1% of adults in the developed world. Women are affected… Continue reading What happens in rheumatoid arthritis, exactly?

What happens in hypothyroidism, exactly?

What is it? Hypothyroidism is a disorder in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are often non-specific and mild, and can include things like fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, weight gain, and problems with memory and concentration. A study in US found, that 3.7% of the population suffers from… Continue reading What happens in hypothyroidism, exactly?