HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New cold treatment developed at the University of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. July 8 Scientists at the University of Virginia have developed a new combination drug therapy that delivers a one-two punch to knock out colds. In study results reported in the current on-line issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, subjects used a new combination of drugs that stopped their viral infection and reduced symptoms by as much as 73 percent with no serious side effects.

"The new treatment is based on delivering a double blow to the cold illness," said principal investigator and the study's lead author Dr. Jack M. Gwaltney, Jr., chairman, Division of Epidemiology and Virology in the Department of Internal Medicine at U.Va. "One part of the treatment knocks out the virus which causes the infection, and the second part blocks the body's response to the infection, which is the cause of cold symptoms."

Research on what causes cold symptoms has been pioneered at U.Va. by Gwaltney, Dr. J. Owen Hendley and Dr. Birgit Winther, who are co-investigators of the new study. Their findings over the last two decades challenge the belief that cold symptoms are the result of the damage that a cold virus does to the lining of the nose. Instead, the U.Va. researchers found that virus damage to the nasal lining is minimal, and the symptoms of a cold are due to the body's inflammatory response to the infection. In recent years, they and other investigators have identified a number of inflammatory pathways associated with cold symptoms:

Stuffy nose results from dilation of blood vessels in certain tissues in the nose called turbinates. When the blood vessels dilate, turbinates swell and block air passages, making breathing through the nose difficult. Certain natural inflammatory substances in the body, such as histamine and kinin, are released during cold virus infection, causing nasal blood vessels to dilate.

Runny nose results from two different inflammatory events, nasal mucus gland secretion an
'"/>

Contact: Catherine Wolz
cds6v@virginia.edu
434-924-5679
University of Virginia Health System
8-Jul-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Hormonal treatment improves survival in high-risk prostate cancer patients
2. Chronic pain treatments more effective when taken together, new study shows
3. Brain activity prior to treatment flags vulnerability to antidepressant side effects
4. Cultural and social factors influence prostate cancer treatment
5. Research offers hope of new treatments for liver damage
6. First mouse model for multiple system atrophy points to new treatment targets for brain diseases
7. Stanford patient is first to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease
8. Scientist works on innovative treatments for brain tumors
9. Blacks less likely to get expensive, newer heart treatments
10. Growth hormone treatment improves symptoms of metabolic disorder in postmenopausal women
11. Study examines lessons learned at Africas first public antiretroviral treatment clinic

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American ... to become its next President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer ... Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh & Associates ... special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up to date ... elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was founded by ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought ... gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event ... audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco dentists, ... cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated to ... breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of people ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... , Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans ... advance the use of wearable and home sensors for ... disorders. Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on ... will provide an affordable analytical system to record and ... ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced ... from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ... for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid ... data are needed to further evaluate the safety of ... RA. "We ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... , Pa. and KALAMAZOO, Mich. , Sept. ... Penn. , and OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy of ... partnership to offer a strategic hub service that expedites ... highly sought-after personal spirometer, Spiro PD 2.0, and wellness ... A spirometer is a medical device used to measure ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: