New class of anti-arthritis drugs effectively treats multiple inflammatory diseases

Inflammatory diseases can occur simultaneously in distinct sites in the same patient, complicating treatment because a medication effective for one disorder may exacerbate the other. One such example is the anti-arthritic medication dexamethasone, which alleviates joint disease but can worsen periodontal bone disease. A study highlights the effects of a new class of anti-arthritic drugs, specifically DTrp8-…£MSH (DTrp), that acts via the melanocortin (MC) system to reduce both arthritic joint inflammation and periodontitis.

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