New insight into inflammation can help the body heal

A mechanism in the body’s healing process, which shuts down the signal triggering the body’s initial response to injury, could help manage inflammation, a new study has found.

White blood cells are needed to protect wounded tissue from infection and to start repairing the damage, but when the inflammation stage goes on for too long, the next part of the healing process is compromised.

Researchers found that an enzyme called myeloperoxidase is the key to regulating the white blood cell activity, letting them know they are no longer needed.

The system could then be manipulated to maximise healing and repair, leading to a new pathway to target with anti-inflammatory medication.

Read more at Monash University