By Dr. Brian McDonoughSponsored By Independence Blue Cross

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the most interesting areas of research in healthcare is examining the bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, or GI tract, and the impact it has on our overall health.

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The latest information that has been released comes from a research team at Yale University.

The researchers have found that bacteria found in the GI tract, in particular the small intestines, appears to play a role in leading to the development of certain conditions or making certain conditions worse.

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An example is lupus. This disease has been called the great masquerader because of the variety of symptoms it causes.

The scientists looked at a bacterium called enterococcus gallinarum and were able to establish a link.

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This research is in its earliest stages, but it is clearly a different way to look at how conditions progress.