New Treatment Developed for Rheumatoid Arthritis

A vaccine may soon be the pain relieving answer many people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis have been longing for. Researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered a vaccine that targets the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis instead of just masking the painful symptoms.

During the trail studies, a small amount of blood was drawn from each study participant, then a peptide was added to the blood and the blood re-introduced to the person’s body. The peptide acts as a foreign enemy in the body and works to re-educate the immune system on how to respond to what it deems as an outside attacker.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the body attacks itself in an attempt to fend off what the immune system sees as foreign invaders. Each arthritis sufferer who participated in the study showed noticeably less inflammation after being injected with the blood/peptide mix. Less inflammation means less pain and joint damage.
Clinical trials are expected to begin in 2016 according to Jim Dondero with more research being done on ways to make the treatment more practical and affordable for those who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis.

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