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New findings could improve arthritis treatment

Published on 12/01/2010
A team of international scientists has identified six genetic regions associated with a common type of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis that affects the joints of the lower back.

The research, led by Oxford University and published in the journal Nature Genetics, found that two genes in particular are involved in the inflammatory process that leads to joint pain and swelling, and can now be investigated as targets for developing better treatments.

In response to the discovery, Jo Cumming from Arthritis Care said: "Any research that helps to understand the causes of this often painful and debilitating condition and helps to pave the way towards finding newer effective treatments is incredibly important."

She added that more substantial funding is needed to help find treatments for all forms of the condition, which affects nine million people in the UK.

Ankylosing spondylitis can develop in teens and young people as well as older generations, experts say. The condition can be managed with medication and a regular programme of low-impact movement.
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