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The disease, named for 19th-century Irish physician Robert Graves, is believed to affect 1 in 200 people, the vast majority of them women. Its cause is unknown, but a combination of genes, reflected in a family history of thyroid disease, and an environmental trigger such as a virus or stress are thought to play a role.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/medical-mysteries/medical-mystery-weight-loss-jittery/2021/10/15/3020e3ce-0109-11ec-a664-4f6de3e17ff0_story.html

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