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Drug prevents, delays Type 1 diabetes in 50% of those at risk, study finds

Drug prevents, delays Type 1 diabetes in 50% of those at risk, study finds

Health
March 3 (UPI) -- Half of those at risk for Type 1 diabetes treated with a new drug remained disease-free five years later, a study published Wednesday by the journal Science Translational Medicine found. Conversely, 22% of people who did not receive the drug remained disease-free five years after the start of the study, the data showed. Advertisement The drug, teplizumab, is a monoclonal antibody -- a synthetic version of the cells produced by the human immune system -- developed by the biotechnology company Provention and is designed to prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes. Those who developed Type 1 diabetes after receiving teplizumab did so about five years after receiving the new drug, compared with 27 months for study participants who received a placebo, the researchers said. "If ap...
Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems

Health
A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the number of heart attacks and strokes by a third, a study shows. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. The researchers - in Iran and the UK - said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.They suggest giving it to everyone over a certain age in poorer countries, where doctors have fewer options and are less able to assess individuals.Coronary heart disease and stroke are the top two causes of death worldwide, killing more than 15 million people a year. Smoking, obesity and doing little exercise all increase the risk of an unhealthy heart. The study, published in the Lancet, was based in more than 100 villages in Iran...
Young blood an elixir that prevents illness, study reveals

Young blood an elixir that prevents illness, study reveals

Technology
Blood taken from a young person could be the key to maintaining long-lasting health in old age, scientists claim. Blood factors obtained from young beings can improve late-life health in animals, the study published in Nature journal revealed.It could also help reduce the chances of developing age-related diseases, the scientists at University College London (UCL) said.Dame Linda Partridge, a geneticist at UCL, said research shows that young blood could allow humans to live a life free of diseases such as cancer and heart disease right up until their deaths."I would say ageing is the emperor of all diseases," she told The Times."A lot of people regard ageing as 'natural' and that therefore you shouldn't interfere with nature. But we've always considered it an ethical impera...