Keep up-to-date on the latest rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research with our brief research summaries.
Lung Disease More Likely with RA
Rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung disease that makes breathing difficult, a new study shows. A Canadian study, which analyzed data from 24,265 patients with RA and 25,396 controls, found that people with RA had a 47% greater risk of being hospitalized for COPD than members of the general population.
SOURCE: Arthritis Care & Research, published online October, 2017
Continue reading RA Research Briefs: Lung Disease, Remission, Children of RA Patients
Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to have an increased risk of RA and two other chronic health problems, according to a study published online recently in Arthritis Care & Research, although the number of children affected is still small. The findings are based on data for all children born in Denmark over a nearly 25-year period.
Continue reading Children of Mothers With RA at Greater Risk of Certain Health Problems