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New Treatment Developed for Shingles

by Rathi Manohar on April 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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 New Treatment Developed for Shingles

Shingles, a painful condition of blistering rash that affects people who have had chicken pox as children can be treated effectively by L-BHDA, a new compound developed by US researchers.

Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus which can hide in the nerves and emerge much later in life, even when a person is over 60 years old, as painful blisters on one side of the body. There is no specific treatment, although there are anti-viral drugs to reduce the duration and pain of shingles, and a variety of pain medications and topical creams to relieve long-term pain. But these are effective only to some degree. The condition affects 30 per cent of old people in America.

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The researchers, medicinal chemist  and distinguished professor Chung Chu at the University of Georgia and Yung-Chi (Tommy) Cheng of Yale University, state that L-BHDA deals with shingles very effectively. "We need new options for medications with increased potency and specificity that can treat the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), including strains that may be resistant to existing drugs. L-BHDA has the potential to be more effective than existing agents."

Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company has been licensed for preclinical investigations of the anti-shingles compound.



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