Study Finds Link to Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Microbiome

Really exciting news! We're getting much closer to finding the cause of RA:

"A new study has found a direct link between specific bacteria in the gut and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) -- an exciting discovery that could bring us closer to understanding the cause or causes of RA.
Micro bacteria in the gut

Each of us has a collection of microbacteria in our guts. The collection, which weighs roughly three pounds in an adult, is called the microbiome and is made up of about 1,000 different bacterium species. Microbacteria play an important role in our health: some protect us against illness, while others possibly play a role in the development of certain illnesses.

Previous research has implicated certain specific microbacteria as being associated with RA, but the exact role and dynamic was not known."

Find out more about this study and its implications in my HealthCentral post.