Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) seems more likely to develop when otherwise healthy middle-aged people carry more of the rheumatoid factor, according to a Danish study. These higher levels also play into the development of other autoimmune diseases.
The highest risk according to this research: middle-aged women from 50-69 that smoke.
The Danish scientists believe that people show antibodies long before the symptoms appear, and want to find a way to better predict these types of autoimmune diseases as early intervention is important.
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