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Does smoking play a role with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
Michele Meltzer, MD
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Date Added: 05/22/13

Smoking maybe one of the environment precipitants of rheumatoid arthritis and people who smoke may do less well with their rheumatoid arthritis than nonsmoker. It's an additional reason to not smoke. Also, people who have rheumatoid arthritis, and we think this is because it's a state of chronic i...
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Dr. Michele Meltzer, MD, joined the staff of Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. She is currently working with ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology) East Africa to improve opportunities to learn about rheumatic disease in Africa as well as India. She has been active in rheumatology professional societies including the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society and the American College of Rheumatology.
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