NHS Choices News

Period29 Sep 2008

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleProtein and arthritis
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletNHS Choices News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Description“Protein find may lead to new arthritis treatment,” reported The Guardian, saying that scientists have discovered a protein that occurs naturally in the body and “inhibits the breakdown of bone”. Researchers are still establishing what effect the protein has on live cells grown in the laboratory, but says there is hope that “it could form the basis of treatments for conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis”.
    The study behind this story provides further information about the actions of a particular protein – TSG6 – which has been linked with inflammation, particularly in joint diseases. The newspaper is right to point out that investigation of this protein is still at an early stage. It will be some time before any treatments based on it are tested on humans, but animal and laboratory studies such as these are an important first step.
    PersonsAnthony Day, Caroline Milner