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A simple blood sample can predict arthritis

A simple blood sample can identify arthritis patients so early in the process that a cheaper and more effective treatment can be given before the condition truly develops, according to new Danish research.

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In the future a blood sample might be all that is needed to predict if a patient has a risk of developing arthritis. A group of Danish scientists has examined a large collection of old blood samples and seen a link between the so-called rheumatoid factor and the development of the condition, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.

“We show that a simple blood sample can reveal if a patient has a high risk of developing arthritis in the future. It is the first time someone has been able to identify a method for predicting arthritis, and early discovery is difficult, but also important to the prognosis,” says Børge Nordestgaard, professor and consultant doctor at University of Copenhagen and Herlev Hospital.

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