Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Low Levels of Anaerobic Bacteria in Gut

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) Mar 26 – The population of anaerobic bacteria in the gastrointestinal system of patients with early-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) differs significantly from that of people without the disease, Finnish researchers reported here Monday.
Recent attention has been focused on intestinal flora as a potential link to RA, Dr. Paarvo Toivanen, of Turku University, commented in his presentation at the 2002 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Dr. Toivanen and his colleagues conducted a study comparing fecal samples from 25 RA patients with 23 controls without RA but with noninflammatory pain.

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