Increased Odds Of Rheumatoid Arthritis In Women Smokers Without Genetic Risk Factor

Sat, 05 Aug 2006 08:00 AM EST

... Smoking increases the chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women who otherwise lack genetic risk factors for the disease, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the patient's immune system attacks the joint linings. It is the most serious and debilitating form of arthritis. [click link for full article] ...