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Brazilian scientist discovers medicine that can cure Zika Virus

Brazilian scientist discovers medicine that can cure Zika Virus

Brazilian biologist Alysson Muotri and his team of researchers of the University of California have discovered that chloroquine has the potential to prevent infection by the Zika virus and prevent it from being transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, ruling out one of the most serious consequences of contamination, microcephaly. a first

in vitro test, in which they used stem cells. After success, chloroquine was used in mice. The pregnant females who used the drug became immune to the virus and had healthy puppies, even with exposure to the virus. The results were also positive for males. "Zika belongs to a group of viruses, the flaviviruses, which are very resistant to vaccines.It takes a long time to develop prophylactic methods against them.We needed a faster solution. If there is another outbreak of Zika next summer, it can be used to protect the population, "explained the Brazilian biologist.

Chloroquine was allied with population in 1950, when the country went through an outbreak of malaria. At the time, the remedy was mixed with cooking salt, an action that became known as the Pinotti Method.

According to the Ministry of Health, in 2016, Brazil registered 214,100 cases of people infected with ZiKa Virus. From January to November 2017, the number of infected patients decreased by 92.1% and reached 16.8 thousand cases. Despite the fall, preventive measures continue to be applied.


Thyroid weight gain? See how this gland influences weight

Thyroid weight gain? See how this gland influences weight

It is very common to hear that the thyroid is responsible for gaining or losing weight - when it works poorly or well, respectively. But the explanation of whether the thyroid actually changes our weight is not as simple as a "yes" or "no." The thyroid produces the hormones T4 and T3 that regulate our metabolism, that is, the speed our body works.

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People with psoriasis are more likely to suffer from strokes

People with psoriasis are more likely to suffer from strokes

Found that people diagnosed with psoriasis are almost three times more likely to have a stroke and have abnormal heart rhythms than those who do not. The study looked at records of 4.5 million people diagnosed with psoriasis, with 36,765 having mild disease and 2,793 under severe conditions. The results showed that patients with less than 50 years diagnosed with mild psoriasis were 50% more likely to suffer from cardiac arrhythmia and 97% more likely to have a stroke.

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