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Depriving cells of energy as a new method of treatment

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vascular dementia topThe progress of many serious health conditions can be suppressed by drugs that "chase" metabolism. The findings may lead to a new kind of treatment of cancer, inflammatory diseases, and as macular degeneration. The study was conducted by experts from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

For some time doctors try to stop the progression of the condition to develop resistance to drugs, such as stopping the process of formation of new cells, associated with the pathological growth.

Ineffectiveness of the drugs and the frequent occurrence of relapse, however, make these attempts failed. The new study, which is published in the journal Cell Metabolism, describes a completely new approach that can solve the problem.

While the efforts of previous research and treatments aimed at limiting formation in blood vessels, thus targeting the so-called endothelial growth factor, the new method "attack" glycolysis. This is the process in which cells of Alzheimer generate the necessary energy.

In other words, instead of suppressing growth itself, the new method stops "power" to which the cell count. According to researchers, the new findings could inspire scientists to develop new treatments for many diseases.

They could also be useful in tumors, vision loss, chronic inflammation and the like.

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