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Purple Periwinkles Battle Inflammatory Diseases, Study Suggests

Posted May 05 2010 6:33am

A widely and safely used plant extract acts as a novel anti-inflammatory agent that may one day be used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, as well as other inflammatory conditions. There is an urgent need for new therapies for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as COPD, otitis media (ear infection), and atherosclerosis (chronic inflammation in the walls of arteries), because the most effective and commonly used agents — steroids — often cause serious side effects, such as liver damage, which prevent long-term use.

THIS ARTICLE is available in it’s entirety at Science Daily .

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