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Cancer drug to treat glue ear

21st October 2011

Scientists from the Medical Research Council have identified a potential new treatment for glue ear which uses existing cancer drugs.

They found that these drugs relieved the symptoms of persistent ear inflammation in mice and believe the discovery could lead to an alternative to grommet surgery for many children. The study says that several existing drugs currently used in cancer treatment, known as VEGF inhibitors, can tackle the root causes of glue ear and has been described by the charity Deafness Research UK as an important step towards a new treatment.

 

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Article Information

Title: Cancer drug to treat glue ear
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20141
Date Added: 21st Oct 2011

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