Anaesthesia may help us fight flu

Certain so-called “volatile” anaesthetics — commonly used during surgeries — may also possess powerful effects on the immune system that can combat viral and bacterial infections in the lung, including influenza and pneumonia, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

The findings suggest that volatile anaesthetics may someday be helpful for combatting seasonal and pandemic influenza, particularly when there are flu vaccine shortages or limitations.

“A therapy based on these inhaled drugs may help deal with new viral and bacterial strains that are resistant to conventional vaccines and treatments,” said Krishnan Chakravarthy, resident physician in the department of anaesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, US.

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2017-09-08T12:18:24+00:00