There is a link between rheumatoid arthritis and Huntington’s disease.
They discovered the overlap between the origins of Huntington’s and the origins of RA. They proclaimed it a potential common cause.
Or at least a partial commonality.
Huntington’s is a fatal and incurable brain disease with a wide and disabling array of neurological and functional implications and deficits.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints as well as some organs.
Other than depression and muscle stiffness, there are virtually no known similarities between the diseases.
While the diseases themselves may not be similar — Huntington’s is far more disabling than RA — researchers say their origins are, in fact, epigenetically linked.
This may be where the common ground ends for these two illnesses, but it was noteworthy enough for researchers to address the overlap.
“We did not expect to find an overlap between rheumatoid arthritis and Huntington’s disease, but discovering the unexpected was the reason that we developed this technology,” Dr. Gary Firestein, a senior study investigator and dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine, said in a statement. “Now that we have uncovered this connection, we hope that it opens a door for treatment options for people living with either disease.”
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