Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Gleevec for RA?

Gleevec almost completely prevented the development of the rheumatoid arthritis-like disease in the mice, per Stanford researchers.

Incidentally, good RA summary: "Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful, chronic autoimmune disorder, characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It affects more than 2 million Americans; up to half of those with the disease are disabled after 15 years due to disfigured joints. Standard therapy for rheumatoid arthritis now includes agents that suppress the immune system, but many patients do not benefit from such treatments. They do not get adequate reduction in the symptoms and signs of disease; they may also continue to have damage to their joints or develop side effects that make continued use of such therapies impossible. Thus, new approaches are needed."

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