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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Breakthrough may stop multiple sclerosis in its tracks

The new drug is derived from Oldenlandia affinis, a traditional medicinal plant.
The new drug is derived from Oldenlandia affinis, a traditional medicinal plant.
11 April 2016
An international research team has demonstrated that a new plant-derived drug can block the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).
University of Queensland researcher Dr Christian Gruber said the breakthrough could be a step forward in preventing and treating MS and other autoimmune diseases.
“This is a really exciting discovery because it may offer a whole new quality of life for people with this debilitating disease,” he said.
The new drug is expected to be taken by mouth, in contrast to some current MS treatments where patients need to have frequent injections.  
MS is a chronic incurable condition marked by attacks that bring gradual deterioration in the patient’s health. About 23,000 people are affected in Australia and 2.5 million worldwide.
Dr Gruber said the new drug – named T20K – was extracted from a traditional medicinal plant, the Oldenlandia affinis.
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