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Moms' Rheumatoid Arthritis May Be Linked to Epilepsy Risk in Kids

HealthDay—November 17, 2016

HealthDay reporter Amy Norton writes on a new study that suggests that some children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis may have higher-than-average odds of developing epilepsy.
So far, only an association has been found between the two. The findings did not prove that a mother's rheumatoid arthritis causes epilepsy.

The findings are based on health records from over 1.9 million Danish children born between 1977 and 2008.

"I think you could see this study as hypothesis-generating," said Michael Lockshin, MD, rheumatologist at HSS. "But I'm not at all convinced that this means rheumatoid arthritis is the cause."

There could be many differences between children whose mothers have rheumatoid arthritis and those whose moms don't have the disease, added Dr. Lockshin.

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