New Drug Inspired by Ibuprofen Protects Against Flu

Study was that researchers were able to isolate just one: prostaglandin E2 or PGE2, which they found to be most directly connected to the flu. Researchers gave mice drugs to block PGE2 production, and then gave them a lethal dose of H1N1 virus. Twelve days later, the mice had lower levels of the virus 6977176961_f98a249789_min their lungs, showed better immune responses, and were more likely to survive the flu when compared to the control mice.

The results, published in the journal Immunity today, suggest that targeting the PGE2 molecule specifically will lead to more effective protection against the flu. Plus the drugs to block PGE2 already exist, so researchers say they shouldn’t be too far from clinical trials.

By Breanna Draxler


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