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Smoking may accelerate joint damage

24th November 2011

Arthritis Research UK has welcomed a new study which suggests that people with early-stage rheumatoid arthritis may be able to slow down the progression of the disease by giving up smoking.

The organisation, whose scientists established that smoking was a risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis, said that the study was the latest to reveal the detrimental effect of smoking in patients. Last year research revealed that smoking also reduced the effectiveness of anti-TNF therapy. Scientists at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona in Spain conducted the latest study.

 

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