New breakthrough jab set to ease pain of arthritis sufferers

ANI| Updated: Nov 24, 2013, 15:15 PM IST

London: Researchers have developed a new jab, which when injected once every two weeks into the body, can ease the crippling symptoms of arthritis.

During the year-long trial on 1,200 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers found that it successfully helped improve their condition by up to 20 percent.

According to Tanya Momtahen , irreversible joint damage can be a consequence for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and this is accompanied by reduced physical function.

The new drug works by targeting a protein called IL-6 which is responsible for causing painful inflammation.