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Red Blood Cells deformability

refers to the ability of red blood cells (erythrocytes, RBC) to change shape under a given level of applied stress, without rupturing. This is an important property because erythrocytes must change their shape extensively under the influence of mechanical forces in fluid flow or while passing through microcirculation

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Rheumatoid arthritis

is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic, inflammatory arthritis leading to progressive joint and organ system damage and increasing disability. The rate is three times higher in women than in men. Both genetic and environmental factors (such as smoking, hormone use) seem to play a role in the risk of developing RA.

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