Resource Latest research updates Research gives us a better understanding of what causes RA, how best to treat and manage the condition and hopefully one day how it might be cured. Print Article Article Genes and immune system affected by seasonal changes A study in the UK has shown that there are changes in genetic and immune system activity depending on the season. Article Gum disease and RA A study found new evidence that a bacterium known to cause chronic inflammatory gum infections also triggers the inflammatory “auto-immune” response seen in conditions such as RA. Article Moderate alcohol intake OK for RA patients on methotrexate 2017 study shows that while the risk of liver damage in patients with RA taking methotrexate increases with higher levels of alcohol consumption, the risk in those consuming 14 units or less per week is no greater than those who do not drink. Article Nerve stimulation study shows potential Vagus nerve stimulation device offers hope for relief from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Article Reducing Heart Attacks Risk of a heart attack in rheumatoid arthritis patients almost halved by biologic drugs Article Study shows smoking and being overweight affect RA A study in Canada has shown that being a current smoker or being overweight or obese negatively affects RA symptoms over time. Article The link between RA and obesity Researchers have discovered that obesity in women may have an impact on blood test results used to detect rheumatoid arthritis. Article The potential of personalised medicines Just imagine if a blood test or biopsy could show what RA medication would most likely work best for you as an individual. This is the dream of personalised or stratified medicine. Article Using a pedometer Use of a pedometer increases activity levels whilst also decreasing fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Article What is Clinical Research? The term “medical research” encompasses a broad range of activities within the clinical world, all aimed at improving or maintaining human health. Article Workers more at risk of RA in certain occupations New research now indicates that there could be a raised risk of environmental factors thought to be involved in triggering auto-immune reactions for people working in certain occupations.