Arthritis sufferers could benefit from pill made from peonies

HEALTH NOTES: Pill made from peonies could ease arthritis pain and slow down destruction of cartilage

By Mail on Sunday Reporter

Published: 22:14 BST, 25 May 2019 | Updated: 22:14 BST, 25 May 2019

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A drug made from garden flowers could transform treatment of arthritis.

Called APPA, the pill is based on anti-inflammatory compounds found in peonies – flowers that brighten up flowerbeds in late spring and summer. 

In animal tests, APPA eased pain and slowed destruction of cartilage, the body’s built-in shock absorber which keeps joints healthy. 

Now researchers at Liverpool University are to test it on 14 patients. 

Professor Robert Moots, who is leading the trial, says: ‘APPA has the potential to be a game-changing treatment.’

A drug made from garden flowers could transform treatment of arthritis. Called APPA, the pill is based on anti-inflammatory compounds found in peonies – flowers that brighten up flowerbeds in late spring and summer

A drug made from garden flowers could transform treatment of arthritis. Called APPA, the pill is based on anti-inflammatory compounds found in peonies – flowers that brighten up flowerbeds in late spring and summer

Shoppers are more likely to buy food with nostalgic labels that remind them of their childhood, research shows. 

Scientists compared how likely volunteers were to purchase items with sentimental descriptions, such as ‘Grandma’s home-made apple pie’ and with products with simple details,

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