New Diabetes Drug Developed

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Saturday 11th September 2010

Scientists at the University of Kansas have developed a new drug, named KU-32, that can halt the progression of diabetic peripheral neuropathy – a condition that can severely damage nerves in the hands and feet of people with diabetes causing loss of feeling or excessively painful sensitivity to the lightest touch.

Researchers administering the newly developed drug to lab mice found that KU-32 acted to restore sensation to badly damaged nerve tissue by inhibiting certain types of proteins. Experts explain that following successful clinical trials, the drug could also be used to halt the progression of the disease in humans.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is thought to affect over 14 million diabetics and is the second leading cause of amputation.

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