by Francis Blagburn
According to a study published by Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic, the microbiome could help diagnose, and possibly play a role in preventing, the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis. The clinic’s study took a group of rheumatoid arthritis patients, their relatives and a control group who do not suffer from arthritis, and used Genome Sequencing Technology to isolate a biomarker: in other words, find something different about the sufferers that is not found in the control group. The something they eventually discovered was in the gut flora of patients; they demonstrated an abundance of a rare bacteria, and a microbial imbalance.
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Context: Veena Taneja, Ph.D. is a Mayo Clinic immunologist. Veena Taneja, Ph.D.'s research centers on understanding the role of the immune system in the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with special emphasis on the differences in disease severity and in responses to therapy between men and women.
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