New Drug Trials Could Lead To a Groundbreaking Cure For Arthritis..

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SCIENTISTS have discovered a “long-term cure” for crippling arthritis, with trials set to start in patients this year.

Experts have hailed the discovery which will revolutionise treatment of the devastating disease and bring hope to millions of Britons suffering in daily agony.There is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis and what few treatments are available can only the progression of the disease and treat the pain it causes.But this breakthrough new treatment has completely cured the disease in mice and the researchers are now set to test it on humans,

Teresa Hemmerle, one of the lead authors of the study which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said: “In our mouse model, this combined treatment creates a long-term cure.”Current treatments include painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to tackle the pain and swelling. Anti-rheumatic drugs, of which methotrexate is the most common, are used to slow joint damage .But the drugs can have unpleasant and potentially dangerous side-effects.Although treatments have improved significantly over the past decade, they suppress the immune system, leaving patients at risk of developing infections.

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