New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Could Be On Way To Cure Patients:
Vaccination, usually associated with the flu or measles, may prove to be an effective new rheumatoid arthritis treatment . Based on the results of an early clinical trial in Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia believe that they’ve found a vaccine-style treatment that targets the underlying cause of RA.
RA is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovial lining that surrounds joints, causing inflammation, pain, and joint damage. What causes RA is unclear, though a virus or bacteria may trigger the body’s attack on its own tissue. There’s no cure for RA, and treatment is usually a combination of drugs and physical or occupational therapy to reduce inflammation and manage pain.