ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
CAREGIVING
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating in America Still Unhealthy
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
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
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
EYE CARE, VISION
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
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
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Don't Leave Your Kids In The Car !
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women

MONDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is growing again after four decades of decline, according to a Mayo Clinic study.

The researchers tracked 350 adult patients, averaging 56.5 years of age, from Olmsted County, Minn. Of those patients, 69 percent were women.

In the United States, the incidence of RA had steadily declined from 1955 to 1994. But that changed in the mid-1990s, the study found. The Mayo researchers' analysis of data from early 1995 to the start of 2005 revealed that both the incidence and prevalence of RA were rising.

During those 10 years, the incidence of RA among women increased to 54 per 100,000, compared to 36 per 100,000 in the previous 10 years. The incidence of RA among men remained at about 29 per 100,000.

The rate of RA in the overall population increased from 0.85 percent to 0.95 percent.

The reason for the increase isn't clear, but environmental factors may play a role in the rise of the joint disease among women, the researchers suggested.

The study was to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, in San Francisco.

More information

The Arthritis Foundation has more about rheumatoid arthritis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Oct. 25, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 27, 2008

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