London: Medicines made from worms could treat or even prevent conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, say Scottish scientists. According to the team at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, secretions from parasitic worms could be used on humans within five years in trials to keep the conditions at bay.
"This is a critical cell in asthma," Prof Harnett said. "What happens in asthma is when your mast cells become exposed to things like pollen, for example, they become activated and start to secrete chemicals which cause all the distressing symptoms of asthma. "This parasite derived molecule seems to block this process." Dr Elaine Vickers, research relations manager at Asthma UK, said: "Results show the study of parasitic worms and their link to asthma is an exciting area worth further investigation.” ANI
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