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Smoking not related to anti-PAD4 antibodies in RA

06:30 EDT 17 Apr 2018 | Healio

Erika Darrah
Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, smoking history is not associated with the presence of anti-peptidylarginine deiminase 4 antibodies, which have been linked to more severe disease activity, according to findings published in Arthritis Research and Therapy.
“A combination of genetic and environmental factors is thought to be responsible for the development of RA,” Erika Darrah, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told Healio Rheumatology. “In particular, a history of cigarette smoking has been most strongly linked to the development of this

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