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Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing A new study has raised the possibility that stress may cause autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, because it found a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases among people who were previously diagnosed with stress-related disorders. I have patients who heard about this research and are saying, I knew it! …

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