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DNA May Explain Why Women Have More Rheumatoid Arthritis
Date:11/26/2012

treatment of arthritis; we have already found three genes that are targets for drugs, leaving a further 43 genes with the potential for drug development, helping the one-third of patients who fail to respond well to current medications," study first author Dr. Stephen Eyre said in the news release.

"This is the first time that a genetic association has been established between rheumatoid arthritis and the X chromosome," Alan Silman, medical director of Arthritis Research U.K., said in the release. "This could provide a useful clue in helping us to understand why rheumatoid arthritis is three times more likely to occur in women."

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about rheumatoid arthritis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Manchester, news release, November 2012


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