Volunteers sought for university’s study into arthritis

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A research study into knee arthritis is looking for volunteers in Angus, Dundee and Fife.

Older people living with knee pain and osteoarthritis are being asked to join a research study hoping to find a safer treatment for reducing pain and improving quality of life.

To make it as easy as possible to take part, volunteers are being offered a door-to-door taxi service.

Researchers at the University of Dundee are examining the effects of spironolactone, an inexpensive and well known heart drug which has been on the market for over 40 years and which they believe may have potential to help people with osteoarthritis.

Professor Marion McMurdo, Head of Ageing and Health at the University, is leading the study.

She said: “Spironolactone has never been looked at before in osteoarthritis. We did a recent trial, funded by the Chief Scientist’s Office, which suggested it could be a new approach to reducing pain and improving quality of life for older people with arthritis.

“We are now following that up with another study and have already had a good response but we do need more people who are living with knee pain and osteoarthritis to help us.

“Having knee pain can make walking, driving and using public transport difficult, so we are offering a taxi service for participants to and from the two hospital visits needed for this study.”

For more information about the study call 013802 383086.