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Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Rise in Women

Rheumatoid arthritis is on the rise among women in the U.S.  Cases rose 2.5 percent between 1995 and 2007, even as they fell among men.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body's immune system attacks its own joints. This causes pain and swelling.

According to BBC News:

“Previous studies have found a link between cigarette smoking and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with the development of the condition.”

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