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This Shot "Cures" Arthritis by Completely Blocking Pain

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Millions of people living witharthritis just received some amazing news: a single injection could soon end a lot of their aches and pains.

One of the primary causes of arthritic pain directly stems from nerve growth factor, or NGF.

So scientists began asking: what if they could develop a vaccine that inhibited or completely eliminated the pain associated with NGF?

As of now, many people afflicted with arthritis have few options for dealing with their pain: they either use over the counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or prescription solutions like corticosteroids and biologic response modifiers. The problem with these treatments is they don't last, often become ineffective after a while, and have a range of side effects, from stomach issues to lower immunity to other illnesses.