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New hope for arthritis sufferers

Millions of arthritis sufferers have been given hope by a revolutionary study that could lead to the first effective treatments.

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Gene findings raise arthritis hopes

  • Eight new genetic links to osteoarthritis have been uncovered that could help scientists develop better treatments for the disease.
  • Previously, only three genetic variants associated with osteoarthritis were known.
  • Yet inherited factors are believed to contribute to 60% of differences in the risk of suffering the disease.
  • Osteoarthritis, progressive damage to the joints caused by general wear and tear or injury, can result in debilitating levels of stiffness and pain.
  • It affects around 40% of people over the age of 70.

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