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Researcher examines relationship between gum disease and arthritis

from Medical Xpress

Adelaide scientists have found that mice with gum disease develop worse arthritis. The scientists are using this knowledge to investigate whether treating mouth conditions could help relieve arthritis. As part of her doctoral studies, Melissa Cantley worked with colleagues at the University of Adelaide to develop a new way to study these two diseases and their relationship. "In this model we can induce gum disease in mice using a type of bacteria associated with human disease," Cantley said. "We can then induce inflammatory arthritis to better understand how one disease influences another. ... We found that mice with gum disease developed worse arthritis." more

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