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UCL study questions basis for treatment of diseases including cancer and arthritis

anisms as tough as bacteria and fungi they can also damage human tissues. Free radicals are believed to be promoted by many agents, including smoking and atmospheric pollutants and smoking, and have been implicated in the production of conditions that include cancer, arthritis, arteritis many other conditions caused by an initial inflammation in which these neutrophil leukocytes accumulate.

"However, our work shows that the basic theory underlying the toxicity of oxygen radicals is flawed. Tens, if not hundreds, of millions of pounds have been misspent by the pharmaceutical industry in chasing the red herring of the involvement of oxygen free radicals in the causation of many diseases . Many patients might be using expensive antioxidant drugs based upon completely invalid theories as to their therapeutic potential. All the theories relating to their causation of disease by oxygen free radicals, and the therapeutic value of antioxidants must, at the very least, be re-evaluated".


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Contact: Dominique Fourniol
d.fourniol@ucl.ac.uk
44-207-679-9728
University College London
25-Feb-2004


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