A recent study featured in Arthritis Care & Research suggests a promising new treatment for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A particularly painful autoimmune disease, RA leads to high levels of depression in patients, as well as other types of psychological distress. A program designed around mindfulness meditation is offering an alternative treatment option that shows promise to ease the toll that RA takes on patients. By the end of the study, those participants who practiced meditation techniques demonstrated a 35% decrease in their mental and emotional distress. Researchers suggest mindfulness meditation as a beneficial compliment to medical management of RA.