Millions suffer from the crippling affects of arthritis. Now research is shedding hope on this horrible condition with the promise of a new injection. A study found that cartilage can be regenerated with the help of molecule, called kartogenin.
An estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
An estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition; this represents approximately 1 in every 250 children in the U.S (CDC).
Currently, there hasn’t been a cure for arthritis. The typical treatments include anti inflammatories, pain killers to ease the pain, and joint replacement surgeries.
Researchers at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation in San Diego and Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California noted that when this molecule was administered to mice with arthritic symptoms, the stems cells transformed into cartilage.
This research was the result of over 22,000 stem cell tests (published in the Journal of Science). The molecule was injected into bone marrow and later tested on mice.
The new drug is in the patent process and scientists are excited about the possible breakthrough. It’s still years from hitting the doctor’s offices however, it could give many suffers a ray of hope through the pain.
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I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.