A new study funded by Arthritis Research UK may have discovered a new way of potentially treating rheumatoid arthritis by preventing damaging white blood cells cells from entering the joints.
In rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, the body’s immune system attacks the joints – causing inflammation. The inflammation, in turn, weakens the joints, causing pain and limiting range of motion. By blocking white blood cells from migrating into the inflamed tissues, scientists hope to prevent joints from ever becoming damaged in the first place. The treatment is expected to be much more specific than current medications.
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