Your circadian rhythm can regulate inflammation

Science Translation

Inflammatory diseases are becoming the scourge of our age just like infectious disease were the scourge of the past. The number of diseases that have a confirmed chronic inflammatory role are numerous and include: asthma, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, atherosclerosis, and arthritis. Currently our treatments include acetaminophen (Tylenol), corticosteroids, or specific antibody’s to key inflammatory proteins. While these treatments do a decent job for many inflammatory disorders, for certain diseases like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis these drugs don’t work in many people. Scientists are constantly trying to find new treatments for inflammation that can better target many different people across many different diseases. A group of researchers from the United Kingdom may have stumbled across a discovery that could lead us to new treatments for inflammation and may make our current treatments better by altering the time of day they are given.

The researchers focused on the circadian rhythm

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