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Discovery In The Treatment Of Leukemia: The Molecules Found In Avocados Are Targeting Cancer Cells

Discovery In The Treatment Of Leukemia: The Molecules Found In Avocados Are Targeting Cancer Cells

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A new study shows that avocados, except that it is tasty, it also has key for the combat against acute myelogenous leukemia.

The molecules found in avocados are targeting to the stem cells for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), according to a study published in the journal Cancer Research.

AML is an aggressive form of cancer that kills 90 percent of people with diabetes over 65 years.

Drugs that act on the stem cells are the most efficient in the treatment of disease, and lipids that are found in avocados join only a few available drugs that directly attack the leukemia cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

“Stem cells are largely responsible for developing the disease and that is why so many patients are dying of leukemia,” said Professor Paul Spagnuolo, a researcher at the University of Waterloo is responsible for the research.

Although the drug is still far from being approved for use in the market, Spagnuolo is already preparing for the first phase of the clinical trial.