Medindia
Advertisement

New Drug Vasculotide Effective Against Multiple Strains of Influenza Including Swine Flu

by Bidita Debnath on June 7, 2015 at 12:50 AM

New Drug Vasculotide Effective Against Multiple Strains of Influenza Including Swine Flu
Scientists in Canada have developed a new drug that offers an unconventional approach to beat the flu virus.

The researchers who found the drug was effective in two different strains of mice and three different strains of flu believe the drug could be effective in animals other than mice, including humans.
Advertisement

Instead of targeting the virus that causes flu, the new drug can prevent the blood vessels from leaking fluid into the lung's air sacs.

People who die from the flu actually die from respiratory failure, when the lung's tiny blood vessels start leaking fluid into the lung's air sacs. The new drug, Vasculotide, developed by researchers at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto acts on the endothelial cells that line the blood vessels.
Advertisement

The drug was effective against multiple strains of influenza, including the 2009 swine flu pandemic strain.

"While this research was conducted in mice, I found the results exciting since the drug was effective in two different strains of mice and three different strains of flu," said Warren Lee, a researcher with St. Michael's Hospital's Keenan Research Center for Biomedical Sciences, who tested the new drug on mice.

As the mechanism of blood vessels leaking into lungs is common throughout animals, Lee was optimistic that the drug could be effective in animals other than mice, including humans.

Without the drug, 100% of the mice died within one week. With the drug, more than 80% survived. The drug worked even if it was administered days after the infection began.

The drug worked alone and in combination with antivirals and it worked without compromising the body's ability to mount an immune response to the virus.

The study appeared in the journal Scientific Reports.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Stroop Effect
Plant-Based Diet may Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
Lower Respiratory Tract Infections Linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Drug Toxicity Hib Vaccine Clinical Trials - Different Phases of the trial Signature Drug Toxicity Flu Swine Flu Reye’s Syndrome Health Risks of Eating Pork Preventing Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs Ways to Boost Your Immune System during Cold and Flu Season 

Recommended Reading
Psychologists Say Memories of a Particular Dish Influence Food Choices
The neural and cognitive mechanism of our decision-making process about a food is greatly ......
Vaccines Developed For Chickens Against Two New Avian Influenza Strains
The vaccine contains a recombinant virus that fights against avian influenza virus subtype H5N1 ......
Vaccines for Two Strains of Bird Flu Got Detailed in Kansas State University
Kansas State University researchers have detailed vaccine development for two new strains of avian ....
Pediatric Swine Flu Patient Successfully Treated With Artificial Heart Lung Machine
Treatment using the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine costs around Rs.10-45 lakhs in ......
Clinical Trials - Different Phases of the trial
Clinical trials serve as a vital component for improving the treatment of medical conditions as they...
Drug Toxicity
Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a d...
Health Risks of Eating Pork
Pork is one of the most popular and widely consumed of all red meats, but how healthy is it? Find ou...
Hib Vaccine
The Hib vaccine protects children against infections like meningitis and pneumonia that are caused b...
Preventing Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
How is the flu spread and how effective is flu treatment? Learn more about the influenza virus and g...
Reye’s Syndrome
Reye's syndrome is a medical emergency chiefly affecting children and teenagers and is marked by the...
Swine Flu
Swine flu, a type of influenza caused by a new strain of the H1N1 Type A influenza virus has origina...
Ways to Boost Your Immune System during Cold and Flu Season
Your immune system has to be strong to fight the bacteria and viruses that enter the body and cause ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use