Rheumatoid arthritis treatment is more effective in men

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is more painful for women than it is for men, a Swedish study suggests.

The study found that men who received standard therapy for RA responded significantly better than women having the same treatment. 

Lead researcher Dr Ronald van Vollenhoven, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, said: ‘The women in the study felt sicker even when their joints showed the same improvements as the men.

‘Women and men have been treated on equal terms from the perspective of the doctors, but it is possible that no one has been aware of the fact that the pain can be worse for women than for men.’


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