New Jab May Reduce Osteoarthritis Progression

Treatments for osteoarthritis have been few and far between. There have been acute measures designed to relieve immediate discomfort such as heat or anti-inflammatory drugs, but now researchers suspect that a jab may actually help to treat the condition. The drug is a form of antibody which is thought to fight the disease itself, not just the symptoms! Osteoarthritis is extremely common in the UK causing aches, pains and brittle bones in those who suffer with it. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is key to slowing its progression, but now Doctors may be able to administer an injection that contains an antibody that acts directly on interleukin-1 or IL-1. This is what’s known as a cytokine, a chemical messenger for the immune system that controls inflammatory responses. So administering the drug ABT- 981 into the inflamed joint may block the activity of cytokines, minimising inflammation. The medication is still in the early stages and is being trialled on approx 320 subjects in America. Fingers crossed the results are positive!


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