Cystic fibrosis drug hope10th September 2008
Researchers from the University of Bristol have shown that an experimental drug is proving effective for treating the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF).
While existing treatments only ease symptoms of CF such as the sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, the new drug VX-770 restores function to defective proteins which cause the disease.
More clinical trials are needed to find out how many patients may benefit but scientists says the results with VX-770 suggest drug therapies which target defects at the root of the disease have the potential to improve the quality of life of CF patients.
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Title: Cystic fibrosis drug hope
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8257
Date Added: 10th Sep 2008