Seaweed could help aches and pains

IF YOU suffer from moderate levels of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee and would like to participate in a research study, read on.

Southern Cross University’s NatMed-Research unit is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study into the effects of a seaweed supplement on this condition.

The study is being conducted by Professor Stephen Myers and Dr Ann Mulder and follows earlier trials which indicated the seaweed extract may be as effective as conventional drugs in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

“The medication to be tested, developed by Tasmanian company Marinova, has recently been shown to significantly reduce the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis,” Professor Myers said.

“This follow-up study is much larger and is expected to confirm the effects of the seaweed preparation on people suffering osteoarthritis.”

The researchers are looking for 150 participants from across the Mid North and North Coast region to participate in the trial.

Participants will be able to attend clinical meetings in Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay or Tweed Heads.

Professor Myers said the risks involved were likely to be small, while the potential benefit large.

“This research may help to pioneer a new approach to this condition and in doing so reduce the more substantial risks associated with the current standard therapy of NSAIDS,” he said.

If you experience moderate levels of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee and would like to know more about the study contact study co-ordinator Dr Ann Mulder at osteoarthritis@scu.edu.au or phone 0418 111 597



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