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Dr. Kennedy Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is devoted to the diagnosis and treatmenty of rheumatic diseases. Clinicians who specialize on this medical specialty are called Rheumatologists. Rheumatologists deal with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and allied conditions of connective tissues. The term "Rheumatology" is derived from the Greek word rheuma, meaning "that which flows as a river or stream" and the suffix -ology, meaning "the study of." Rheumatology is a rapidly evolving medical specialty with new scientific discoveries lending better understanding of the immunological nature of these disorders. Pathogenesis of the major rheumatological disorders is now considered to be of auto-immune origin. Most of the new treatment modalities are based on immunology and an understanding of the genetic basis of rheumatological disorders. Rheumatology is rapidly developing as a medical specialty based on new discoveries. New treatment modalities are based on and expanded understanding of cytokines, T and B lymphocytes. Future therapies may be directed more towards gene therapy. Currently, practice of rheumatology is based on helping patients with rheumatism lead a near normal life without disabilities.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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