Bone drug can combat flu viruses


audio Betsy May Veloo reports
Researchers at the University Of Hong Kong have discovered that a drug used to treat bone diseases is an effective way of controlling influenza strains - such as birdflu, swine flu and the seasonal flu. The drug, called pamidronate, can kill the virus by boosting the human immune system.

The research is now at a pre-clinical stage and will be extended to human clinical trials. The study has just been published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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