RA could double risk of COPD

May 27, 2011 1:19:13 PM PDT
Rheumatoid arthritis could double a person's risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The link between RA and COPD was said to be evident even when factors such as smoking, age, obesity and gender were controlled for.

Scientists hope the results of this latest study prompts new research into potential links between the autoimmune disease and the lung disorder.

The information was to be presented at a conference in London.