Promising New Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Involves Gene Therapy

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects well-over 1 million Americans and there’s no known cause of this chronic disease. A new study conducted by both American and German researchers has shown promising results in early stages of research, and it involves the use of gene therapy.

The study, as reported by HealthyDay News, showed that injecting rheumatoid arthritis patients with interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) gene – which is basically a gene that blocks the interleukin-1 protein linked to causing pain in joints – greatly reduced the amount of pain and and swelling after just four weeks. In one case, it completely eliminated pain, swelling, and flares in the joints that were treated with the gene therapy, while the other joints afflicted with arthritis continued to flare. It’s a pretty remarkable finding!

Other treatments for RA include exercise regiments, drugs, joint protection techniques, natural treatments / alternative medicines, as well as others. This new gene therapy treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis seems to work more effectively than these other treatments, but much more research will need to be conducted before gene therapy goes mainstream for the treatment of RA.

2 Responses to Promising New Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Involves Gene Therapy
  1. Gerry

    If you think that your kid has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, be certain the health practitioner refers you to a doctor who has specialized in arthritis (rheumatologist) to confirm the diagnosis and for treatment.

  2. clarbenre

    “This new gene therapy treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis seems to work more effectively than these other treatments, but much more research will need to be conducted before gene therapy goes mainstream for the treatment of RA.”
    How much is it true?

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