A Miracle Drug Treatment For Endometriosis Patients

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Some of these genes contribute to the body’s immune response and promote inflammation.Endometriosis afflicts as many as 15 percent of reproductive-age women in the U.S. and millions of women around the world. The disorder can lead to scarring of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and other tissues; infertility; inflammation and chronic pain.

“The usual treatments for endometriosis are aimed at suppressing estrogen production because it’s an estrogen-driven disease,” said University of Illinois molecular and integrative physiology professor Benita Katzenellenbogen, who led the new study with chemistry professor John Katzenellenbogen. “We thought that a better approach might be to interfere with both of the main aspects of endometriosis: the growth-promoting actions and also the inflammatory aspects – both of which involve the estrogen receptor,” she said.Current pharmaceutical treatments can suppress endometriosis, but often fail to reduce the pain and inflammation that are hallmarks of the disorder, said John Katzenellenbogen, whose laboratory developed the new compounds for Endometriosis Symptoms Treatment.

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