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A high body mass index has a protective effect on the amount of joint destruction in small joints in early rheumatoid arthritis
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    • Jenny H Scott, Medical practitioner
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    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article by van der Helm, which explores the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and radiological damage in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We were particularly interested in the finding that patients with baseline BMI lesser than 25 developed more erosive disease during follow-up than those with increased BMIs. This association was only observed in those patients who were...

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