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Use of oral contraceptives linked with reduced patient risk for rheumatoid arthritis

06:00 EDT 18 Aug 2017 | Healio

Oral contraceptives were linked with a reduced risk for rheumatoid arthritis among women, according to a recently published study.“[We] found an inverse relationship between [oral contraceptive] OC use and the subsequent development of [rheumatoid arthritis] RA, especially [anti-citrullinated protein antibody] ACPA-positive RA,” the researchers wrote. “An interaction between never OC use and smoking was also observed for this subgroup of disease, implying that among smokers, the risk was more pronounced in never OC users than in ever OC users.”

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