Fighting Flu With Fish Oil | March 11, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 10 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 91 Issue 10 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 11, 2013

Fighting Flu With Fish Oil

Drug Discovery: Polyunsaturated fatty-acid derivative helps zap killer flu in mice
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: flu, influenza, drug discovery

Influenza disables and kills people, and current drugs don’t work well in late-stage and severe cases. A Japan-based team now describes a lipid derivative that could inspire a new way to stop the virus, possibly even in late-stage and critical cases. Such a drug is still far from reality, but the findings point to a day when flu might be fought more effectively.

Antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are approved for flu treatment but . . .

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