Tue Mar 26, 2002
By Drex Earle
ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Certain types of intestinal bacteria could be linked to the development and progression of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the results of a new study.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks joint tissues, leading to damage in many parts of the body, including bone, cartilage and various internal organs. The disease can cause severe disabilities, particularly in older people, and its exact causes are still not known.