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    Alterations in the gut microbiome tied to inflammatory types of arthritis

    Researchers in UK and US conducted a study that included,

    “…440 adult volunteers, approximately half of whom were healthy and half who suffered from at least one type of inflammatory arthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis. Each submitted a stool sample, which allowed the researchers to characterize their gut microbiome.”

    Findings suggest significant differences in microbial colonies within the gut, both in terms of friendly and harmful microbes, as well as the rheumatic subjects’ inability to absorb B vitamins and to sequester iron. While these researchers consider these correlations significant findings, they have not as yet confirmed a causative effect.

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