pill protects mice from death by flu diseases

many people die from the effects of the flu worldwide every year. Even flu shots may not fully protect the adverse health effects of all flu strains. Researchers have now developed an experimental drug, which can – provide a broad protection against many flu strains even in infections, which currently often fatal.

the scientists of the Scripps Research Institute in its current investigation found that a new experimental influenza therapy protects against the most flu strains. The physician published the results of their study in the English-language journal “Science”.

flu is usually very uncomfortable and can put out of action a few days concerned. There are even some flu strains, which can lead to the death of the patient. (Image: Viacheslav Iakobchuk/fotolia.com)

universal remedy for the flu?

there is some flu diseases, which can lead to the death of the patient even at the present time. Newly developed experimental medicines could soon provide a remedy this problems. Still, there are however some reservations among the experts, because the medicine to people, for example, has been tested. Still, some medical professionals expect that the new molecule finally represents the long-awaited cure for the flu.

how does the treatment work?

the treatment exploits the natural way, as the body uses antibodies to combat existing viruses. If ten years ago would be declared, that a small molecule allows for the effective treatment of flu, this would have resulted in a major surprise the experts and medical professionals, explain the authors of the study. The results of the investigation are clear proof of this that it can behave even tiny medicines such as really strong antibodies.

100 percent of the mice survived lethal flu strains

so far are however single patients, where the new drug was tested, only different laboratory mice. It was to observe that even if the mice were exposed to deadly strains of flu, 100 percent of the rodent survived, if they are treated with the new drug were, so the researchers in the study.

human studies in the near future?

the treatment was what may be paving the way for human trials in the future also in human lung cells grown in the laboratory effectively. The results of the study are very interesting and could help combat dangerous flu diseases. Highly effective drugs to combat the flu are needed. CER novel approach could help to improve the treatment of influenza in the future. (as)