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Friday 10 July 2009

B cellsThe National has an interesting article about a new development in medical research called B-cell depletion therapy, a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis that appears to also have potential for those with ME/CFS:

We've all done it. Faced with some malfunctioning gadget or computer, we pull the plug on it, switch it back on Ė and find it works perfectly again. Known to the cognoscenti as the "hard reboot", itís a trick used more often in desperation than insight. Now itís emerging as a promising new approach to treating some notoriously debilitating medical conditions. Recent clinical trials have shown that "rebooting" our disease-fighting immune system can dramatically improve the condition of patients with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. And according to a study published last week, it may even bring relief to patients suffering from the enigmatic condition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, affecting millions worldwide.

There is a growing sense of excitement about the rebooting technique. But behind it lies an inspiring story of how a pair of scientists overcame indifference to convince the medical community of the merits of what is now called B-cell Depletion Therapy (BCDT).

The full article can be found here.

More on B-cell depletion therapy can be found on these pages:

The Medical News: Study on B-cell depletion therapy

About.com: B-Lymphocyte Depletion Therapy: Wading Through The Hype

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: How does B cell depletion therapy work, and how can it be improved?

 


 

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