Arthritis cure on the cards?

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Scientists have succeeded in curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice. Arthritis causes swelling and inflammation in joints and can destroy the cartilage and bone. The new therapy uses a combination of two components: body's own immune messenger interleukin 4 (IL-4) and an antibody to IL-4 that binds to a protein found only in inflamed tissues. This fused molecule ensures that the drug targets only inflamed areas. This molecule, in combination with a common arthritis drug dexamethasone, was found to have completely cured mice of arthritis.


Down to Earth, September 2014