Smoking dampens treatment response in axSpA

The influence of smoking on treatment response is well known in rheumatoid arthritis, but the impact of tobacco use on patients with axial spondyloarthritis is now beginning to emerge. A study in this week’s Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found smokers with axial spondyloarthritis and elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels achieved significantly smaller reductions in ...

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