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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rheumatoid Arthritis and oral care

March 28, 2017

To Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis, Look Past the Joints to the Gums

JAMA. 2017;317(12):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0764
The mouth may seem like a strange place to search for a culprit in a disease that primarily affects the joints. But a recent collaboration by a group of multidisciplinary researchers suggests that one type of oral bacteria may be an important trigger in about half of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cases.
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The findings, published in Science Translational Medicine late last year, appear to confirm something that’s been suspected for at least a century: In some cases, gum-disease causing oral bacteria may set off a cascade of events that leads to the autoimmune form of arthritis./.../

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