Study Uncovers Potential New Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

New medicines have worked miracles for some patients with rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and other autoimmune diseases, but the drugs also weaken the immune system’s ability to fight short-term infections.

New research from the lab of Sankar Ghosh, Ph.D., the Silverstein and Hutt Family Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and department chair, has revealed a way that chronic inflammation may be tamed while leaving the immune system free to fight bacteria and viruses. The findings appeared in the Aug. 26, 2010, issue of Nature.

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