Medical researchers at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (US) have made a genetic breakthrough to identify the underlying causes of arthritis. They suggest that a simple blood test could help diagnose arthritis early in the near future. Apart from diagnosis of arthritis early, the blood test could be used to identify other medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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The development of arthritis is found to be contributed by certain genes and the tags that regulate them. They separated the tags caused by the disease from those that help them cause the disease. The research has reached the next phase where identifying the specific DNA sequences is vital for it to progress.
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The current treatments of rheumatoid arthritis makes the body’s immune system turns on itself and suppresses it entirely. These may have serious side effects and complications. Scientists believe that if arthritis can be diagnosed early, several medical risks can be averted.
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