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Experimental drug offers hope of inhaler cold cure

Experimental drug offers hope of inhaler cold cure

Professor Ed Tate, the lead researcher from Imperial College London, said: "A drug like this could be..." To top it all, the viruses develop quickly which is why they tend to gain resistance to any drugs rapidly.

Previous attempts to create such a drug were limited in capability as they often caused unsafe side effects.

Users would have to take the drug early on in a cold infection, and the researchers are working on a version which could be inhaled. Instead, it shuts down the protein in human cells that the virus needs. The team is now looking forward to starting animal and human trials.

That viral variation is in fact is a big part of the reason why scientists have never succeeded in developing a single vaccine for the common cold - but a new approach led by researchers from Imperial College London could lay the foundations for a medication that actually treats the sickness, not just its symptoms.

The trials found it also succeeded in killing multiple strains, including viruses related to polio and foot and mouth disease.

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Having said that, Nokia X6 when it comes to India will compete against the likes of phones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. Except the Nokia 2, all the Nokia smartphones that were launched a year ago have been updated with Android Oreo.

The viruses can not become resistant to the molecule because it targets the human protein and not the virus. Most current treatments do no more than alleviate symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat and fever.

"All strains of the virus need this same human protein to make new copies of themselves, so the molecule should work against all of them", Dr Jim Brannigan, from the University of York's Department of Chemistry, said in a statement. Further study is needed to make sure it is not toxic in the body.

Roberto Solari, visiting Fellow at the National Heart & Lung Institute, says he's reasonably optimistic.

The research showed that this molecule is over 100 times more potent than previous molecules targeting the protein in humans.

In fact, it was while researching ways to inhibit P. falciparum from hijacking NMT that members of the team discovered the molecular structure of the new compound, IMP-1088, which inhibits viral binding to the protein with devastating effectiveness. Note: material may have been edited for length and content.


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