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Heart disease clue.

Degenerative joint disease in any finger is a forewarning of death from heart disease in men, according to new research published yesterday.

A study found that men who have osteoarthritis in any finger joint are 42 per cent more likely to die of heart disease compared with those without the condition.

The research also found that women's risk of premature death increased by 23 per cent if they had osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, in at least two joints in the same fingers of both hands.
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