London: A scientist at Dusseldorf University in Germany has developed a potent new pill, which harnesses the body’s natural inflammation-busting ability to beat crippling arthritis.The “smart” drug not only helps relieve the devastating joint inflammation, which leaves sufferers in daily agony, but researchers also say it has no side-effects, a newspaper reported.Dr Ulrich Flogel’s powerful medication, which uses patients’ own body to fight the disease naturally, offers new hope for hundreds of thousands of people struck down by rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease, which occurs when the immune system attacks the joints. Patients suffer severe pain and stiffness in their joints as well as fatigue and loss of mobility.One patient in four is registered disabled within three years of diagnosis with three-quarters moderately to severely disabled within 20 years.
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