• By Dana Sparks

Discovery’s Edge: Linking gut bacteria to Rheumatoid Arthritis

December 20, 2016

close-up of hands with rheumatoid arthritisThe cause of rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic autoimmune disease, is unknown. But certain genes and environmental factors, such as smoking, are linked to the disease process. Now Mayo Clinic research suggests a new link: the composition of gut microbes.

Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine, recently demonstrated a relationship between the gut microbiota – also called the microbiome – and rheumatoid arthritis. The study — published in Genome Medicine — aimed to find an indicator that would predict susceptibility to the disease. Read the rest of the article.

See Mayo Clinic News Network release: Gut Bacteria can Cause, Predict and Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
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