Researchers Describe Mechanism Behind Progeria
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Children suffering from progeria are born normal, but from age one to two their disease starts to resemble premature aging in some aspects. So by the time they reach their teens they have typical age-related conditions such as brittle bones, stiff joints and severe cardiovascular disease. In the end many die from strokes and heart attacks before reaching their twenties. Presently, there is no cure for progeria. Patients can be treated with drugs called FTIs (farnesyltransferase inhibitors), which were initially developed to treat cancer. These drugs improve some aspects of the disease, such as bone structure, arterial stiffness, and increase estimated lifespan by at least 1.6 years
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