Welcome to the community for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is run by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) and exists to help you find support and information from other people living with RA. You may be newly diagnosed or have had RA for some time or you might not have a diagnosis yet - everyone is welcome! NRAS also support people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other forms of inflammatory arthritis.
NRAS is a UK based charity providing support, information and advocacy for people with rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, their families, friends and carers. Our vision is for everyone with RA to be able to live the life they want to.
We have a helpline which is open Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 4.30pm and is free for landlines. We also have a huge range of free information booklets available to order or download from our website.... read more
This is a community dedicated to helping those affected by group B Strep (GBS).
GBS is a common bacterium that lives in 20-30% of adults, usually with no symptoms or side-effects. Most commonly found in the intestines, it can also live in the vagina of adult women. It is a ‘commensal’ – an organism that lives on another without causing harm.
GBS can cause infection, most often in newborn babies. It more rarely causes infection in adults (typically women during pregnancy or after birth, the elderly and those with serious underlying medical conditions causing impaired immune system).
Although relatively uncommon, GBS is the most common cause of infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under age 3 months. On average in the UK, one baby a day develops GBS infection - one baby a week dies and one survivor a fortnight has long-term disability.... read more