For some it’s an everyday annoyance- while others are left in crippling pain. Now scientists say the severity of your arthritis could all be down to your genes. A study suggests genes are not only linked to your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, but may also predict the course of the disease. The same gene mutations are associated with responsiveness to treatment, the risk of death and severity of the disease as measured by medical imaging, the study found.

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