New gel prove to be source of comfort for many seniors

Jasmine Phu

April 14, 2011

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have developed a new kind of injectable gel that may prove to help the millions of Americans with arthritis get through their day-to-day lives with minimal discomfort. 

One of the biggest appeals of this new advancement is that it can be used to locally treat an affected joint. While there is some medication for sufferers of arthritis, many of the pills have unwanted side effects because they affect the whole body.

The gel was injected into mice subjects and was found to last for two months and stay intact despite the regular wear and tear motions of a joint. Researchers have yet to test the medicine on humans, but are already taking a patent out on the technique.

Americans who suffer from arthritis may be more prone to falls. In this case, one may want to install a medical alarm system in their home. This device allows users to instantly send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance.

Perhaps the most promising discovery made by the research team is that the localized medicine may be used to target cancers, ocular and cardiovascular disease in the future.  

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