New medical student diabetes drug could save lives

Wed, 30 Jan 2008
According to new reports in the diabetic news, a medical student conducting research in Inverness could have revealed a potentially life-saving function for a drug previously used to treat overdoses.

Kyle Gibson, working from the UHI Department of Diabetes in Inverness, Scotland, found that the drug could save the lives of those diabetics who have risks of heart attacks and strokes.

The med student investigated N-acetlycysteine, a drug sometimes used in hospitals to treat patients who have overdosed on paracetamol . Gibson found that the drug could have a role to play in controlling sticky blood often found amongst diabetics.

Already, health product development company Scottish Health Innovations has agreed to fund a patent application and the next phase in testing the drug.
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