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20p lozenge could fight all colds and flu
01-02-2010, 04:07 PM,
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20p lozenge could fight all colds and flu
Quote:The drug, which could be sold over-the-counter in two years, could be used to prevent everyday sniffles in otherwise health people, as well as prevent life-threatening infections in the elderly.

The Veldona lozenge, which tastes like a sweet and dissolves in the mouth, primes the immune system to attack every cold and flu bug. It has already been tested on people after successful trials on mice. The human trials are expected within weeks.

Professor Manfred Beilharz, chairman of the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, who tested the drug, said he believes it is the "golden fleece everyone has been looking for".

"This medicine is quite cheap to manufacture and very low dosage and doesn't seem to have any side-effects of any significance", he said.

The lozenge contains tiny amounts of interferon alpha, a protective protein the body naturally makes when attacked by a virus. When dissolved in the mouth, the protein is released tricking the immune system into thinking there is a bug in the body.

Prof Beilharz said: "The outposts of the immune system say, 'Hey, we've got a virus, let's gear up and get ready for it before the infection spreads too far.'"

Following a successful trial with mice, the researchers were able to conduct a government-funded trial on 200 adults in Western Australia.

Half took the lozenge once a day before breakfast for 16 weeks, while half took a placebo, with them noting any cold or flu symptoms each week. This is followed by four weeks of observation.

Should the results prove positive, the lozenges could be available in chemists in two years.

Prof Beilharz conceded that while he does not expect the drug to completely ward off flu, he believes symptoms will be eased significantly.

"When the infection comes along, it still infects but the immune system quashes it in a couple of days," he told The Daily Mail.

"So you will have some symptoms but they will be rather mild and you will go on as normal."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/6923154/20p-lozenge-could-fight-all-colds-and-flu.html
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01-02-2010, 04:53 PM,
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RE: 20p lozenge could fight all colds and flu
Another Big Pharma ad campaign.
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01-03-2010, 12:27 AM,
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RE: 20p lozenge could fight all colds and flu
I've known people that have used a commercial product used to prevent colds called COLD/FX created in Canada (specifically Edmonton - my home town) that swear by it now. The company was nearly brought to their knees last year because of an insider trading scandal timed right before their US expansion but they somehow recovered from that blow. On top of that parma scientists have questioned its effectiveness very publically and the MSM has run with it. But I suppose this is all moot if the Codex Alimentarius amendments are passed, adopted and enforced.

Afexa Life Sciences Inc makers of COLD-FX show community spirit at times:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/EdmontonBased-COLDFXR-iw-242022045.html?x=0&.v=1

That being said, the vast majority of these cold medications either mask symptoms or are simply snake oil.
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