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BLOOD FILTER MAY HELP IN TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS

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A new blood filter has shown promise in removing toxic molecules that attack joints and other body parts in sufferers of rheumatoid and some other types of arthritis, reports an Idaho rheumatologist.

According to the Arthritis Foundation's Remedy Update, Dr. Craig Wiesenhutter reports a pilot study of 11 patients whose blood supply was periodically run through the new Prosorba column filter last year. The patients experienced improvement of greater than 50 percent in such symptoms as swelling, pain and stiffness.Further clinical trials for the filter's use in treating arthritis are scheduled for next year, but the Food and Drug Administration has already approved it for treatment of a bleeding disorder, allowing doctors to prescribe its use for other conditions at their discretion.

- Lee Bowman