Archive for April 1st, 2009

Bad Mix of Bacterial Remnants and Genetics Lead to Arthritis

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 40 million Americans report they have been told by their doctors they have rheumatic condition such as arthritis. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country, limiting the activities of about 19 million people.A recent study provides new insight about one of the causes of inflammatory arthritis: bacteria. Researchers from the Netherlands and the United States show that NOD2, a specific gene, triggers…