PTSD symptoms linked to increased risk of AR ;
(HealthDay) -Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms associated with the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women, according to a study published in the March issue of arthritis Care & Research .
Yvonne C. Lee, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined the correlation between PTSD symptoms and the risk of RA in a subset of participants 54.224 Nurses’ Health Study II. Participants completed the questionnaire Brief Trauma and screen for PTSD symptoms and were classified according to exposure to trauma and the number of PTSD symptoms.
From 1989 to 2011, 239 incident cases with RA were identified. The researchers found that in models adjusted for age, race and socioeconomic status, the hazard ratio for four or more symptoms of PTSD and the incident RA was 1.76, compared with no history of trauma symptoms / PTSD. There was an increased risk of RA with increasing number of PTSD symptoms (P = 0.01). The hazard ratio for RA remained high (1.60) when added to the model smoking. The correlation persisted in a subgroup analysis excluding women who smoked before onset posttraumatic stress disorder (hazard ratio, 1.68).
“are needed to examine the role of other behaviors and clinical characteristics, such as alcohol and obesity Other studies, such as confounders and / or mediators of the association between PTSD and risk the potential, “the authors write AR.
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