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Drug Hoped To Treat CFS Causes Impaired Immune Function, Griffith Study Says

Wednesday 28 March 2018


From Griffith University's Griffith News:


Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik (right) and Don Staines
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik (right) and Don Staines.

Drug hoped to treat CFS causes impaired immune function, Griffith study says

By Louise Durack
March 27, 2018
© Copyright 2018

Reports that a drug used to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer could also treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have been refuted by a new Griffith University study.

To be published in BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, the study by Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) concluded that the use of Rituximab in CFS patients could incur problems with their immune cells and is not beneficial as a potential treatment.

The Natural Killer (NK) cells have vital functions in fighting viruses, bacteria and tumours.

“We found that these functions were significantly impaired when exposed to Rituximab in CFS patients,” says Scientific Co-Director of NCNED, Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik.


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