ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Almost Half of Adults Will Develop Knee Osteoarthritis by 85
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Soccer's a Winner for Building Bone Health in Girls
CANCER
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Run for Your Life
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder

FRIDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might affect women more often and more severely than men, new research suggests.

In a study of more than 6,000 people from around the world who had RA, about 79 percent of them women, Finnish researchers found that women had poorer outcomes in key measures such as symptoms and severity, especially in areas based on their responses to questionnaires.

The findings appear in the online journal Arthritis Research and Therapy.

"Obvious differences between genders exist in the prevalence, age at onset and level of production of harmful arthritis autoantibodies," study leader Tuulikki Sokka, a rheumatology consultant at Jyväskylä Central Hospital in Finland, said in a news release issued by the journal. "Furthermore, women report more symptoms and poor scores on most questionnaires, including scores for pain, depression, and other health-related items."

Some gender differences, though, stem from how disease activity is measured rather than from the disease itself, Sokka said.

"Women have less strength than men, which has as much of a major effect in the functional status of patients with RA as it does in the healthy population," Sokka said. "In fact, the gender differences in musculoskeletal performance remain, even among the fittest individuals." That's why, she said, male and female athletes generally don't compete against one another.

"Given that [a] woman is the 'weaker vessel' concerning musculoskeletal size and strength, and her baseline values are lower than men's, the same burden of a musculoskeletal disease may appear to be more harmful to a woman than to a man," Sokka explained.

More information

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about rheumatoid arthritis.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, Jan. 13, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2009

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