Medical News Summary: New drug treatment for Wilson’s disease show’s promise


About: New drug treatment for Wilson’s disease show’s promise
Date: 16 October 2004
Source: Ivanhoe Broadcast News
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Ivanhoe Broadcast News): A new drug being tested for treatment of Wilson’s disease is showing promising results. Wilson’s disease occurs when the body is unable to eliminate copper from the body. The copper levels build up causing toxicity to the liver and brain. Current drugs used to eliminate the copper often causes significant increase in brain damage. The new drug, Tetrathiomolybdate, caused increased brain damage in only 4% of patients compared to 50% of patients when Penicillamine was used. The drug is also being tested for its efficacy in treating cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, psoriasis and cirrhosis.
Related Disease Topics: Wilson’s disease, Brain damage, Cancer, Pulmonary fibrosis, Psoriasis, Cirrhosis
Related Symptom Topics: Liver toxicity, brain toxicity

Related Medical News Channels: This medical news summary article refers to the following medical channel categories:
  • Medication
  • medication and cancer
  • medication and pulmonary fibrosis
  • medication and psoriasis
  • medication and cirrhosis
  • medication and brain damage
  • medication and Wilson’s disease

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