Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief


• A once-monthly injectable antibody called golimumab reduced pain, stiffness, and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in clinical trials and could be approved by the FDA soon. Made by Johnson & Johnson and Schering-Plough Corp., it blocks inflammatory proteins associated with RA and has few side effects.

• Scientists at Newcastle University in Britain have begun the first phase of clinical testing on a new RA vaccine. The drug alters a patient's white blood cells to tamp down an overactive immune system.

• Collagen, a protein found in tendons and cartilage, can effectively reduce joint pain and stiffness when extracted from chickens and given to humans, say Chinese scientists. The Anhui Medical University team found it to be almost as effective as the RA drug methotrexate.

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