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The North East has been chosen as one of three centres for research into Rheumatoid Arthritis - an illness that affects many people in mid-life or old age but can start in childhood.
Watch Lucy Taylor's report here:
Newcastle University has been chosen as one of three research centres into rheumatoid arthritis. Specialists will analyse the science behind the condition, which can strike at any age. Prof John Isaacs, who will lead the study, said he hoped within his lifetime to find a cure.