ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
CANCER
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Leafy Greens Top Risky Food List
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Rainy Areas in U.S. Show Higher Autism Rates
EYE CARE, VISION
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
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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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