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Wednesday 7 December 2016

New drug offers osteoarthritis hope

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An artificial version of an ingredient in broccoli could be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, researchers said.

The broccoli compound sulforophane is known to block the inflammation and damage to cartilage associated with the condition.

But patients would have to eat a great deal of the vegetable every day to derive any significant benefit. Sulforophane in its natural form is also too unstable to turn into a medicine.

Now the UK drug company Evgen Pharma has developed a stable synthetic version of the chemical that offers the potential of a pill treatment.

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