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Hope for millions! Scientists develop a vaccine that treats people suffering from Arthritis

Hope for millions of arthritis patients after scientists develop a vaccine that blocks the daily agony of the condition

-The vaccine blocks a nerve growth factor which is the cause of the pain
-'Promising results' in mice studies show it could be a more effective treatment
-Researchers say current method don't give pain relief to enough people
Hope is on the horizon for millions of arthritis patients after scientists have found a vaccine could treat their daily agony.

Osteoarthritis sufferers currently have to rely on painkillers to combat their excruciating pain.

But Oxford University researchers have developed a vaccine which blocks the cause of the agony - nerve growth factor (NGF).

The vaccine triggered the immune system to work against the naturally occurring NGF in mice, numbing their pain.

Figures estimate nearly nine million people suffer with osteoarthritis in the UK and 30million in the US.

There is currently no cure for the condition but the latest findings could pave the way for more effective treatment.

Professor Tonia Vincent, co-author of the study published in Annals of Rheumatic Disease, said: 'This is the first successful vaccination to target pain in osteoarthritis, one of the biggest healthcare challenges of our generation.'

The vaccine triggers the immune system to produce antibodies that would work against the NGF.

It was tested in mice that had uneven distribution of weight across the hind legs - which the scientists said was a sign of painful osteoarthritis.

Hope for millions! Scientists develop a vaccine that treats people suffering from Arthritis Hope for millions! Scientists develop a vaccine that treats people suffering from Arthritis Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 12:07:00 AM Rating: 5

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