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Rheumatoid arthritis influenced by genetics and tobacco

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, whereby the body's immune system attacks the joints and organs of the sufferer, resulting in long-term inflammation, pain and reduced life expectancy. A recent study found that people who were genetically susceptible to RA were more likely to develop the condition if they smoked. Scientists are still exploring the relationship of environmental factors, such as smoking, effects on genetically related diseases.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by ErekAlert

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About: Rheumatoid arthritis influenced by genetics and tobacco

Date: 3 January 2005

Source: ErekAlert

Author: Amy Molnar


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