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More women get arthritis

Published 09/06/2015 | 02:30

Finger joints - medication can reduce joint inflammation
Finger joints - medication can reduce joint inflammation

Around three quarters of people with rheumatoid arthritis are first diagnosed when of working age. And women are three times as likely as men to have the disease.

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It is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the joint tissue causing inflammation, stiffness, pain and extreme fatigue.

If left untreated, the joint can lose its shape and alignment and lead to permanent disability.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an often misunderstood disease, confused with osteoarthritis which is commonly a wear and tear disease generally affecting the older population.

Medication can reduce inflammation and slow down, or even stop, joint damage.

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