Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments

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As a biologist with more than thirty years of experience teaching a wide range of complex biomedical subjects and a person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) himself, Dr. Thomas F. Lee is ideally suited to write a book that addresses the vital questions about the nature of the disease and the rationale behind its treatment. This is the only book that explains in layperson's terms the newest available therapies and the latest advances in our understanding of this often debilitating disease. These new ...
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Overview

As a biologist with more than thirty years of experience teaching a wide range of complex biomedical subjects and a person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) himself, Dr. Thomas F. Lee is ideally suited to write a book that addresses the vital questions about the nature of the disease and the rationale behind its treatment. This is the only book that explains in layperson's terms the newest available therapies and the latest advances in our understanding of this often debilitating disease. These new insights have led to many molecular-based approaches already in clinical trial, and many more are waiting in the wings. All of these exciting developments are the result of the ongoing biotechnological revolution and a new understanding of the immune system aided by genetic research.
Over two million people in this country suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a debilitating autoimmune disease that ravages the delicate lining of the joints. As in other autoimmune diseases, instead of defending against foreign invaders, the immune system inexplicably attacks healthy tissue. RA causes systemic effects as well; not only are joints painful, through the destruction of bone and cartilage, but there is often accompanying fatigue, decreased appetite, depression, and muscle pain.
Dr. Lee not only supplies you with the latest facts on the discoveries about the disease, but he also provides numerous Web sites so that readers can follow this important story as it unfolds.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The cause and treatment of many diseases is being advanced on a molecular level, an area of science and medicine not easily understood by the average person. Lee (microbiology and biotechnology, St. Anselm Coll.; The Human Genome Project) here attempts to make sense of recent research in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), focusing on the evolution of molecular and gene-based therapies for this autoimmune disease, which affects two million adults and children in the United States. Lee offers detailed scientific explanations of RA, an overview of the immune system and its role in the disease, and a description of the inflammatory sequence that launches RA. He then discusses the multibillion-dollar research efforts by universities, biotechnology centers, and the pharmaceutical industry to develop gene-based therapies and follows up with a discussion of the nature of clinical trials and a survey of therapies currently in the pharmaceutical pipeline. Lee mentions the ethical implications of human genome research but admits that it is not the intent of his book to discuss this area of debate thoroughly. Recommended for consumer health collections. Lisa L. McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Health Sciences Lib., Cincinnati Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Science News
Writing from personal experience as a rheumatoid arthritis sufferer, biologist Lee offers insight into this painful, progressive disease... Lee looks at recent advances in research, notes Web sites that have further information ...,and offers a hopeful perspective for people with the disease.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573928861
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Lee (Goffstown, NH) is professor of microbiology and biotechnology at St. Anselm College and the author of the critically acclaimed The Human Genome Project: Cracking the Genetic Code of Life and Gene Future: The Promise and Perils of the New Biology.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Chapter 1. When Is Arthritis Rheumatoid?
Chapter 2. The Defenders
Chapter 3. Looking for Achilles' Heel(s)
Chapter 4. The Gene Hunt
Chapter 5. By Mean of Genes
Chapter 6. Stemming the Tide
Chapter 7. Inside the Medicine Cabinet
Chapter 8. The New Medicines
Chapter 9. Clinical Trials
Chapter 10. In the Pipeline
Afterword
Appendix. The Imflammation Superhighway
Glossary
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    Great Gift for friends suffering from rheumatoid arthritis!

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, or if a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with this disease I highly recommend this book as an invaluable source of information. Not only is it packed with facts on RA ranging from details of exactly what is happening in the joints and the immune system to useful Web sites to keep up on the latest details on new medications and treatment approaches, it is also clearly and beautifully written. It really is a handbook to help readers make informed decisions with their physicians. Included as well are fascinating insights into possible future treatments now in the research stage - from the use of stem cells to gene therapy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    New Book for RA patients and professionals

    'If you are looking for the cause and the cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Dr. Lee tells the reader that medical science is not ready to provide that---yet! If you want to be well-informed when working with your medical advisor for better RA management, this excellent book can help with understanding the vocabulary, the diagnostics, and how the older and newest treatments can affect this 'over-active' immune system disorder. Dr. Lee provides reliable websites and other resources as well.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    SCIENCE NEWS Praises Dr. Lee's New Arthritis Book

    'Lee looks at recent advances in research, notes Web sites that have further information about these studies, and offers a hopeful perspective for people with the disease.'--SCIENCE NEWS

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