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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common inflammatory disease of the joints. The disease is caused by an inflammatory reaction that leads to increasing disruption of the articular cartilage. About 0.5 to 1 percent of the population is affected; in Germany this is about 800,000 individuals. The bulk of new cases arise in women between 55 and 64 and in men between 65 and 75 years of age. Rheumatoid arthritis is not curable, but in many patients it can be controlled and brought to a halt.

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