Growth and infectious exposure during infancy and the risk of rheumatoid factor in adult life.
BACKGROUND: The contribution of the environment to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remains uncertain. Intrauterine and early postnatal life may be important. Rheumatoid factor (RF) found in around 10% of the normal population confers a risk of developing RA and may be present years before onset of clinical disease. The immune pathology leading to RA and RF may have similar genetic and environmental influences. OBJECTIVE: To measure RF in people for whom data on birth weight, infant growth, and mark...Expand abstract
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