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Is there a link between a 'bad' gut and arthritis? Researchers have noticed that bacteria from the gut can infect an artificial knee and hip—but aren't sure whether they also attack the actual joints that cause the usual arthritic symptoms in the first place.
The message isn't getting through: despite all the health alerts, way too many people are still taking an aspirin a day as a 'just-in-case' against heart disease and stroke.
Osteoarthritis and heart disease have one common factor—inflammation. So it's not surprising that people who have arthritis are also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and die from it.
Three more European countries are phasing out the use of amalgam—which is 50 per cent mercury—in dental surgeries. Ireland, Finland and Slovakia have announced a timetable that will see amalgam banned over the next few years.