Arthritis breakthrough 'could stop crippling condition before it starts'
First study to prove gut flora plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis
By Claire Bates
PUBLISHED: 03:27 EST, 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 05:49 EST, 13 June 2012
A breakthrough in our understanding of how rheumatoid arthritis develops could help scientists spot those at risk and even stop the condition before it starts.
Researchers have found that billions of bugs in our guts play a role in regulating the immune system.
The team from the Mayo Clinic in the U.S said that larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
More after the jump.