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When NIH moves at lightening speed... (Zika virus)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Kati, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

    Treating Zika Infection: Repurposed Drugs Show Promise
    Posted on September 6, 2016 by Dr. Francis Collins


    In response to the health threat posed by the recent outbreak of Zika virus in Latin America and its recent spread to Puerto Rico and Florida, researchers have been working at a furious pace to learn more about the mosquito-borne virus. Considerable progress has been made in understanding how Zika might cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and other abnormalities and in developing vaccines that may guard against Zika infection.

    Still, there remains an urgent need to find drugs that can be used to treat people already infected with the Zika virus. A team that includes scientists at NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) now has some encouraging news on this front. By testing 6,000 FDA-approved drugs and experimental chemical compounds on Zika-infected human cells in the lab, they’ve shown that some existing drugs might be repurposed to fight Zika infection and prevent the virus from harming the developing brain [1]. While additional research is needed, the new findings suggest it may be possible to speed development and approval of new treatments for Zika infection.

    ...read more at the link
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  2. Justin30

    Justin30 Senior Member

    Good for Zika as transmission is through Misquitoes....

    Really though you have like 2.5 Million with ME that have infectious onset from many things and no approved treatment.

    I really dont know what to say.
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