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Archive for September 28th, 2010

Osteoarthritis Gene

Osteoarthritis Gene

Brussels, Belgium – A study was presented at the World Congress on Osteoarthritis this week.  1154 participants were monitored for 11 years in North Carolina to see if and when their knees were effected by osteoarthritis, and then how quickly the disease advanced.  This study was called the, “Johnston County OSteoarthritis Project”.

Scientists isolated nine genes associated with the progression of knee osteoarthritis.  IL-1 (Interleukin-1) is a chemical marker associated with cartilage degradation and inflammation.

Dr. Joanne Jordan is the director of the University of North Carolina’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and lead author of the study.  She said, “This might make it possible to identify high-risk people in advance of getting OA or before it progresses.