New topical anti-inflammatory from “nuisance” sea weed

Potential treatment for arthritis, discovered by scientists investigating an overgrowth of nuisance sea weed in Hawaii

When they got into their La Jolla lab, they found the cyanobacteria generates compounds known as honaucins, which have both the bacteria-killing and anti-inflammation properties they had predicted.

Lena Gerwick said the researchers have now shown that the cyanobacteria can be used as an effective topical anti-inflammatory ointment for mice.

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