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Scientists from the Institute of Nano Science & Technology (INST), Mohali, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology Government of India, have formulated nanoparticles with chitosan and loaded these nanoparticles with zinc gluconate for reducing the severity of rheumatoid arthritis
Effect of zinc
Element Zinc is vital for maintaining normal bone homeostasis, and its levels are reported to get reduced in rheumatoid arthritis patients and arthritis-induced animals
What is Rheumatorid Arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints.
- It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest.
Diagnosis is made by clinical examination from an appropriate health professional, and may be supported by other tests such as radiology and blood tests, depending on the type of suspected arthritis.