Originally Posted by bevischief
Arthritis breakthrough 'could stop crippling condition before it starts'
First study to prove gut flora plays a role in rheumatoid arthritis
By Claire Bates
PUBLISHED: 03:27 EST, 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 05:49 EST, 13 June 2012
A breakthrough in our understanding of how rheumatoid arthritis develops could help scientists spot those at risk and even stop the condition before it starts.
Researchers have found that billions of bugs in our guts play a role in regulating the immune system.
The team from the Mayo Clinic in the U.S said that larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria may trigger the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
More after the jump.
Wow. That's really good news.
I find it really interesting that the more we finally learn about the human body, the more obvious it becomes that bacteria play a huge role in our health and livelihood. Which goes against 100s of years of medical experience. It used to be "Ewww. Kill all bacteria and germs!". Now it's more like "Wait, look at what those bacteria are actually doing! WTF? Maybe those little bugs aren't all bad after all"