HealthDay (11/11, Preidt) reports, “People with rheumatoid arthritis [RA] have higher-than-normal rates of depression, which could increase their risk of death, according to a new study” scheduled to be presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. Investigators followed 530 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Altogether, the researchers found that patients who were depressed faced twice the risk of death during the study period compared to patients who were not depressed. The study found that “the risk of death among depressed men was twice that for depressed women.” Male patients “with depression were five times more likely to die than women without depression.”
— “Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis Plus Depression May Be Deadly, “Robert Preidt, Healthday, November 12, 2012.