A drug designed to treat a viral infection called cholelenesis could be the answer to a long-simmering medical problem plaguing millions of people around the world.
The disease, also known as CJD-19, affects about 100 million people in the world, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia, and is caused by a parasitic worm that is resistant to the antiviral drugs used to fight the disease.
A vaccine developed by British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, called ZMapp, has been in clinical trials for years and has shown promise in the treatment of CJD.
But the vaccine is expensive, can’t be administered on an extended basis, and the drug has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
ZMamp was recently approved for use in treating cholelosarcoma, a rare disease that affects the central nervous system.
So far, the treatment has not shown a strong effect in reducing the spread of the virus and is only effective in those with an unusually high infection rate.
The drug has also not been well studied and many people have not seen any benefit.
So to solve the problem, Dr. Chris Janssen of the University of Oxford and his colleagues designed a drug that would work just as well.
This drug would be injected into the bloodstream and would then circulate in the blood stream.
The treatment would be similar to what patients receive when they receive a flu shot.
ZMAp is a protein drug that targets the enzymes responsible for breaking down the virus.
The scientists then engineered the proteins in the body so that they bind to the proteins of a virus, turning them into the viral protein that is able to spread.
The protein-based vaccine is currently being tested in mice.
The team has been working with other labs to develop a human version of the drug, and they hope to have the drug on the market by the end of the year.
If they are successful, it would be a major advance for people suffering from CJD who cannot afford to treat their disease themselves.
“This is the first time anyone has developed a drug against a virus that we can’t treat ourselves,” Dr. Janssens says.
“It’s going to open the door to new therapies and hopefully reduce morbidity and mortality.”
The team says the new drug could also be used to treat patients with other viral infections, such as coronavirus.
“We know it’s very challenging to find a cure for CJD, but it’s a disease that really affects people’s lives,” Dr Jansson says.
For example, some people with CJD have to wear masks to protect them from the virus, and in many cases the mask is made from the same material that is worn by healthcare workers.
The new drug would also be able to be injected directly into the blood and circulate to the brain.
“So you could inject the drug into the brain and it would circulate in that brain,” Dr, Jansonsens says, “and the drug would get into the neurons, and that would activate them and make them respond.”
The researchers believe the new therapy could be made available to millions of patients in the near future.
If it does prove effective, Dr Jansson believes it could lead to the eradication of CJDs worldwide within five years.
“The more we work, the more we learn, the better we can predict what the outcome is going to be,” he says.
With so many people suffering, how can we do it?
Dr. Lachlan Withers, a professor of medicine at the University and an expert on the virus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says that the problem of CJd has gotten much worse in recent years.
“There’s a huge amount of new infections, and we’ve lost a lot of our capacity to treat them,” he said.
“But the drugs that are available are not necessarily going to work very well.
And I think if the drugs do work, it will be a huge relief.”
So far the treatments available have been effective in just a few patients, and Dr Wither, who has been testing a vaccine to fight CJD for years, believes the new treatment would not only be effective, but could be better than anything else currently available.
“If the drug worked in a lot more patients, I think it could be very useful,” he told The Associated Press.
“I think it would give us the ability to treat many more patients than currently possible.”
A vaccine against the new virus could be effective in many different cases, he said, and it could also help to reduce the number of people who become infected with CJDs.
“In the long term, it’s really important to be able, even if the treatment is just for a short time, to be sure that the vaccine has a long lasting effect,” Dr Withering said. The