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Extra Pounds Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk in Women, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health Reveals


11/12/2012 6:39:46 AM

Being overweight is linked to a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, limitation of motion and loss of function of multiple joints. Though joints are the principal areas affected by RA, inflammation can develop in other organs as well. An estimated 1.3 million Americans have RA, and the disease typically affects women twice as often as men.

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