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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Progeria Syndrome Drug may Halt Aging

Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 1:12 PM Comments

Rapamycin used previously for Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome has been found to extend life of mice.

It may have same effect on human; the researchers hope.

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How to cure aging: One drug can extend life span

Scientists believe they’ve found a drug that can slow down premature aging in mice and could one day be used to extend human life. This is the story of a drug called rapamycin, nicknamed the forever young drug. The key chemical in this drug was discovered in the soil on the famed, remote Easter Island, reports Technology Review.

The wonder drug was previously used in children with the condition called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, a rare condition that makes kids die of old age by the time they are only 12 years old. The condition is caused by a build up of protein in cells in the body. The drug cleans the cells of this toxic protein, and has been approved by the FDA. It’s used to suppress the immune system in patients who just had organ transplants.


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