Geographic variation in rheumatoid arthritis incidence among women in the United States.

@article{Costenbader2008GeographicVI,
  title={Geographic variation in rheumatoid arthritis incidence among women in the United States.},
  author={Karen H Costenbader and Shun-Chiao Chang and Francine Laden and Robin C. Puett and Elizabeth W. Karlson},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={168 15},
  pages={
          1664-70
        }
}
BACKGROUND The geographic variation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) incidence in the United States is unknown. METHODS We studied residential region from January 1, 1921, to May 31, 1976, and RA risk in a prospective cohort of women, the Nurses' Health Study. Information on state of residence was collected at baseline in 1976 (when participants were aged 30-55 years) and on state of residence at birth, at age 15 years, and at age 30 years in 1992. Among 83,546 participants reporting residence… CONTINUE READING
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