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SAN FRANCISCO — Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) creates greater vulnerability to developing autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to University of California, San Francisco, researchers.
OMAHA, NE — A dose-dependent relationship exists between alcohol use and radiographic disease progression in rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study led by researchers from the Omaha, NE, VAMC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
OMAHA, NE — Less-expensive combination disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) produced the same clinical benefits as much costlier biological treatment, according to a large VA study comparing the effectiveness of drug therapies for rheumatoid arthritis.
SAN FRANCISCO — New VA research suggests that lifetime exposure to stressful events, such as those which cause PTSD, is linked to greater levels of inflammation in patients with cardiovascular (CV) disease. Higher inflammation generally leads to worse outcomes for patients.
Two recent studies of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have sent up a red flag for physicians caring for veterans with the disease; such patients appear to be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease due to inflammation and several other risk factors.
Though most servicemembers are relatively young, osteoarthritis is a serious problem for the U.S. military.
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