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Statins could cut arthritis risk

8th September 2010

The charity Arthritis Research UK has called for larger clinical trials to confirm further that statins can reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

It follows a study by Israeli researchers that indicated that taking statins may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. They looked at 1.8m patients and found fewer incidents of the joint condition among those who took the cholesterol-busting drugs. Statins was already thought to ease symptoms in those already diagnosed by stopping the over-production of tissue between the joints but the Maccabi Healthcare Services Research Institute study suggested they could stop it developing altogether.


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