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Smoking, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Cigarette smoking appears to boost a woman's risk of elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Kenneth G. Saag said at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Saag of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and his associates used data collected in the Iowa Women's Health Study, which enrolled more than 41,000 women in 1986. They did a case-control analysis based on 158 women with confirmed cases of elderly onset rheumatoid arthritis--defined as rheumatoid arthritis first appearing in people older than 60 years--and more than 31,000 women without rheumatoid arthritis.

Current smokers were more than twice as likely to have rheumatoid arthritis as were those who had never smoked. However, those who had quit smoking at least 10 years earlier had no increased risk, compared with those who had never smoked.
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Author:Kubetin, Sally Koch
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Feb 15, 2001
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