Parents Of Twins With Niemann-pick Find A Treatment –

In December 2007, Chris spotted one in the Journal of Lipid Research. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School kept a colony of mice with a version of Niemann-Pick disease. When they were treated with a compound called cyclodextrin, the animals lived nearly twice as long. Cylclodextrin is a form of sugar. It’s used in consumer products like detergent and air freshener because it can bind to odor-causing molecules. In the pharmaceutical industry, it is sometimes used as an excipient: a delivery vehicle to mix with an active ingredient.
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