Health | textile workers increased risk rheumatoid arthritis

Health | textile workers increased risk rheumatoid arthritis

January 13, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


Here’s another common occupation associated
with rheumatoid arthritis…next Textile Workers at Higher Risk for Rheumatoid
Arthritis Lisa Rapaport writing in the Rheumatologist
reported breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing
rheumatoid arthritis, a Malaysian study suggests. While smoking is a known risk factor for RA,
the findings add to evidence suggesting that environmental factors could trigger RA in
some people, the researchers note in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
The investigators suspect that textile dust might cause changes in the lung tissues, and
those changes might trigger the immune response that leads to RA in individuals with genetic
risk factors for the disease, said senior study author Dr. Camilla Bengtsson of the
Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Although more research is needed to prove
whether textile dust directly causes RA, the findings suggest factory workers might benefit
from respiratory protections that prevent or minimize inhalation of this pollutant,
Bengtsson added. Comment: Who would have thunk it…