Master Switch that Triggers Rheumatoid Arthritis Found

Posted: January 22, 2011 in A Day in the Life of Rheumatoid Arthritis
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LONDON: In what may pave the way for an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis , scientists have identified what they claim is a “master switch” which triggers the condition .

A team at Imperial College London has, in fact, found a protein, called IRF5, that acts as a switch, telling immune system cells, called macrophages , to promote or stop inflammation , the Daily Express reported . “This is really exciting ,” lead researcher Irina Udalovasaid .

Rheumatoid arthritis is an incurable immune system disease where joints are swollen by inflammation. The body uses inflammation as a defence against infection and tissue damage, but too much is harmful .

Blocking the production of IRF5 could help in a range of diseases including RA, lupus and even MS , say the British scientists .

SOURCE:  The Times of India

Read more: Master switch that triggers arthritis found – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Master-switch-that-triggers-arthritis-found-/articleshow/7309436.cms#ixzz1BnL6g9ZX

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  1. […] Master Switch that Triggers Rheumatoid Arthritis Found « Katie … Blocking the production of IRF5 could help in a range of diseases including RA lupus and even MS , say the British scientists . SOURCE: The Times of India. Read more: Master switch that triggers arthritis found – The Times of India . […]

    • Susan says:

      Teaching people how to control the production of IRF5 then should become the key, but no, instead a new toxic medication will be developed and no information given on how to potentially reduce the production of IRF5.

      I live with RA, when I was diagnosed at age 40 I refused to believe I would need medication for the rest of my life and I don’t because I dug deeper than the doctors recommended and learned what triggered the flares for me.

      When will doctors start doing what we expect, teaching us how to keep our bodies well without using harsh medications that cause such serious side effects as all the RA meds have to date.

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