Women with rheumatoid arthritis have significantly higher risk of mortality

Women with rheumatoid arthritis are at significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality, particularly respiratory causes, compared to women without the disease, according to new research findings. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limitation in the motion and function of multiple joints. Though joints are the principal body parts affected by RA, inflammation can develop in other organs as well. An estimated 1.3 million Americans have RA, and the disease typically affects women twice as often as men.

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