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Who gets rheumatoid arthritis?

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Anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis. It affects about 1% of Americans.

The disease is two to three times more common in women than in men, but men tend to have more severe symptoms.

It usually starts in middle age, but young children and the elderly also can get it.

SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The Arthritis Foundation. National Library of Medicine. Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Tracy C. Shuman on August 01, 2005

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SOURCES: The Mayo Clinic. The Arthritis Foundation. National Library of Medicine. Food and Drug Administration

Reviewed by Tracy C. Shuman on August 01, 2005

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