A new treatment for inflammation has been developed by researchers in the US.
The study, by University of Utah medical researchers, could change the way drugs for arthritis and potentially many other diseases are made in the future.
Cardiologist Dr Dean Li, the U School of Medicine vice dean for research who led the study, stated that drugs could now be made safer for millions of people with inflammation-associated diseases, such as diabetes, traumatic brain injury and inflammatory bowel disease.
"We might be able to develop another way to treat inflammation in other diseases that we've been unable to touch because of the danger of suppressing people's immune systems," he said.
It was added that conditions such as lupus and systemic sclerosis could also be treated better as a result of the discovery.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health - which is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world - and published online by the journal Nature.
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