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COPD

30 May 2011

Rheumatoid arthritis doubles COPD risk

People with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely as healthy people to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a large new study finds.

People with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely as healthy people to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a large new study finds.

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, is different from osteoarthritis, the common form of arthritis that typically develops with older age. RA causes pain, swelling and stiffness in joints, but can also affect other body parts, such as the mouth and lungs. The severe form can last a lifetime.

 

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