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New drug treatment for Wilson's disease show's promise

A new drug being tested for treatment of Wilson's disease is showing promising results. Wilson's disease occurs when the body is unable to eliminate copper from the body. The copper levels build up causing toxicity to the liver and brain. Current drugs used to eliminate the copper often causes significant increase in brain damage. The new drug, Tetrathiomolybdate, caused increased brain damage in only 4% of patients compared to 50% of patients when Penicillamine was used. The drug is also being tested for its efficacy in treating cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, psoriasis and cirrhosis.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Ivanhoe Broadcast News

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About: New drug treatment for Wilson's disease show's promise

Date: 16 October 2004

Source: Ivanhoe Broadcast News


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