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Sick from Your Stomach: Gut Bacteria May Trigger Diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis

ROCHESTER, Minn. — June 11, 2012.  The billions of bugs in our guts have a newfound role: regulating the immune system and related autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger [...]

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New Clinic at Mayo Targets Tenacious Infection

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff as it's often referred to, has reached an epidemic state. It's the most common infectious cause of diarrhea in hospitals and can lead to life-threatening complications. Now, Mayo Clinic is opening a C. difficile clinic at its Rochester, Minn., campus and gastroenterologist Sahil Khanna, M.B.B.S. (sah-Heel Kahn'-ah), says the new facility will be able to offer [...]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients DO Get Gout

Mayo Clinic research finds that rheumatoid arthritis patients can also get gout. The gout study reveals, contrary to conventional wisdom, rheumatoid arthritis patients aren’t immune to the nation’s obesity-fueled gout epidemic. Rheumatology chair and lead author Eric Matteson, M.D., says, "It is probably true that flares of rheumatoid arthritis in some cases might actually [...]

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