Last week I picked up the attached leaflet at Poole Hospital. It is about an initiative to study rheumatoid arthritis (RA) through close relatives of those who have this disease, but do not have the disease themselves. This study aim to identify the risk factors for developing RA and so find ways to prevent it. All people need to do is to complete a questionnaire and give a blood sample.
By detecting any hereditary tendency for RA, such research may help people and their offspring in the decades ahead, because the earlier it is detected – in relation to very early stage disease onset – the easier it is to control it.