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May 29, 2005

Antibiotic Minocycline May Prevent Blindness in Diabetes

Topics: Medicine

Experiments in rats suggest that minocycline, an antibiotic, could curb a common cause of vision problems in people with diabetes. Minocycline appears to be a "strong candidate for further consideration as a therapeutic drug in reducing the retinal complications of diabetes," according to Dr. J. Kyle Krady and colleagues from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey write in the medical journal Diabetes. Krady said that recent evidence has suggested that diabetes leads to ongoing inflammatory activity within the retina. Immune cells called microglia are the main sources of inflammation in the retina, and "therefore represent an important target for reducing this inflammation."

Hat tip - Diabetologica

Posted by Hyscience at May 29, 2005 11:47 AM

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