The scientists report in the June 1 edition of The Journal of Immunology.

Arthritis drug Abatacept may be effective in fighting the flu Researchers in the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered that an approved drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis reduces severe illness and loss of life in mice exposed to the Influenza A virus causes de ED . Their findings suggest that tempering the response of the body’s immune system to influenza infections may alleviate a few of the more severe symptoms and also reduce mortality out of this virus. The scientists report in the June 1 edition of The Journal of Immunology, which is currently available online, that mice contaminated with the Influenza A virus responded favorably to a drug called Abatacept, which is commonly used to treat people who have rheumatoid arthritis.

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