Navigation Links
Anti-Cancer Treatment Promises Hope in Bird Flu Treatment

A recent study has found that anti-cancer treatment (chemotherapy) given to patients with disorder of the immune system could also be used in the treatment// of the much dreaded bird flu.

The treatment modality is yet to be tested on human volunteers. An immune system disorder referred to as haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is similar in a lot of ways to the bird flu infection. Therefore it is logical and reasonable to assume that the treatment for HLH would work for bird flu as well.

Bird flu has claimed the lives of a number of individuals across the globe and continues to haunt the world. Although no case of human-human bird flu transmission has been reported so far, it is feared that mutation of the virus could lead to a pandemic, killing millions worldwide. This necessitates the development of novel treatment techniques to combat the same.

HLH could be inherited or could be the manifestation of severe viral infection (Epstein-Barr virus, EBV). The condition is characterized by excessive production of white blood cells (cells that fight infection) that gather in healthy tissue, resulting in organ damage and death. Similar symptoms are produced in humans infected with bird flu.

In addition to the clinical similarities, similarities based on autopsy examinations have also been reported. The researchers had previously developed a chemotherapy treatment in 1994, using the anti-cancer drug etoposide that destroyed the excess white blood cells. Although the 8-week treatment is associated with few side effects such as reduced blood count and nausea, the benefit far outweighs the risk.

It is now known that the immune system disorder can occur in patients with bird flu as well. The researchers hope that the treatment for HLH (induced by viruses) would be successful in destroying the bird flu virus as well. The hypothesis formulated by the researchers appears in the online version of the Lancet medical j ournal.

The researchers have also urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to extend co-operation regarding conducting clinical trials for the treatment of human bird flu.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Anti-Cancer Drug Restores Normal Cell Growth
2. FDA Approves Anti-Cancer Cell Drug - Zevalin
3. Compounds Found In The Vegetable Broccoli Could Have Anti-Cancer Properties
4. Premature Aging Can Be Managed With Anti-Cancer Drugs In Future
5. Antidepressant Drug Found To Have Anti-Cancer Effects
6. Colgate To Develop Anti-Cancer Toothpastes And Mouthwashes
7. Clinical Trials Of New Anti-Cancer Drug To Be Initiated In New Zealand
8. Small Cars, Anti-AIDS And Anti-Cancer Drugs Would Be Cheaper
9. Exercise Has An Anti-Cancer Effect
10. A New Anti-Cancer Drug Keeps Resistance Out
11. A New Approach towards Anti-Cancer Drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 04, 2016 , ... Advanced Spine ... to help restore its patients’ health, is hosting a free seminar on stem cell ... be held at Advanced Spine & Sport, 4601 Telephone Road, Suite 110, Ventura, CA. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... ankles, and elbows. Engineered with athletes in mind, OMNIFORCE offers high-performance, less ... ineffective circular knitting, common in the industry) produces premium flat-knit construction with ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 – (PRWEB) ... infant and child products, today revealed the non-toxic benefits of its ... babies deal with teething pain is just part of the story. ... and are BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free. , “Many baby toys ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... With the stamp of approval from the United States Congress, the ... Research Month. According to the American Cancer Society (2016) , this year will ... four Americans dying as a result. , With numbers as influential as such, it ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Over 40 athletic trainer’s (ATs) and athletic training students (ATSs) ... “Hike to Harrisburg” advocacy day. The annual lobbying effort is a collaboration between ... The goal for the day was to educate the elected legislators and the public ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016 Pharmaceutical ... $55 million to a woman who says its talc-based ... awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) , ... against the company. In February, the same court awarded ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... India , May 3, 2016 ... 2016 Research Report provides a basic overview of ... technology, post which the surgical mesh report explores ... market. Complete report on Surgical Mesh ... profiles and 98 tables and figures is available ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Mass. , May 2, 2016  While nearly ... that osteoporosis can have on their health, only about ...   according to the results of a new survey ... To mark the start of National Osteoporosis Month, Hologic ... health, which affects nearly 56 million Americans. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: