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Medical advance for rheumatoid arthritis cure

21st January 2014

Currently symptoms of arthritic hands can only be relieved for some and cured for none.


An international team of researchers, studying nearly 30,000 patients, have found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. By targeting these areas, the investigators believe a cure could be provided. (Findings published in the Journal Nature.)

Lead researcher, Professor Robert Plenge of Harvard Medical School found that one of these areas produced a weakness that was treated by an existing drug that was developed by trial and error, rather than made to specifically correct the genetic problem.

Some have argued that identifying genetic weak areas for complex diseases is not useful. Dr Plenge argues that he has found an established drug that rests the symptoms that arise from the weakness for rheumatoid arthritis validates this genetic approach.

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