New Drug Found To Treat Three Killer Diseases

Posted: Aug 9 2016, 11:53am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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New Drug Found to Treat Three Killer Diseases
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  • A New Medicine can Alleviate the Symptoms of a Trio of Tropical Ailments

A new medicine on the scene can actually alleviate the symptoms of a trio of tropical ailments.

Scientists have found a class of medicinal agents that can treat three tropical diseases at one and the same time. These terrible ailments afflict millions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

They are: Chagas Disease, Leishmaniasis and Sleeping Sickness. In a recent study, it was found that this compound can cure all three diseases in rodents. Also it waa discovered that it doesn’t harm human cells at all. This is really good news.

Thus this research is a pointer in the right direction. To replace outdated and obsolete drugs which are costly, not very efficient and have a ton of side effects is the goal here.

The three diseases mentioned kill over 50,000 people annually in all three continents. Yet the funds are lacking to develop the research efforts further in quest of proper treatments for these diseases.

While the trio of maladies have different symptoms, they are all caused by kinteoplastids. These tiny organisms have the same biological roots and a common gene pool. The researchers tested over 3 million chemicals on them in order to find a chink in the armour they posed behind.

A compound termed GNF6702 worked against these diseases. It was isolated in the lab, further refined and then administered to the mice. The three parasites that cause these three diseases respectively do have weaknesses and once even more weaknesses are found, the cure will be within reach.

A single family of drugs for all three diseases would be ideal since it would make production, distribution and consumption a cinch. The fact that this drug does not harm mice may be a very good thing since it probably has a benign effect on human beings too.

The research is published in the journal Nature.

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