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Gum disease may initiate autoimmunity related to rheumatoid arthritis

from Dentistry Today

Individuals at risk of rheumatoid arthritis have increased levels of gum disease and disease-causing bacteria, according to a study presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology. “It has been shown that RA-associated antibodies, such as anti-citrullinated protein antibodies, are present well before any evidence of joint disease. This suggests they original from a site outside of the joints,” said lead author Kulveer Mankia, M.D., of the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Muscoskeletal Medicine and the Leeds Biomedical Research Centre. more

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