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November 2013

Drug May Blunt Neurological Damage Caused by Liver Failure

Drug May Blunt Neurological Damage Caused by Liver Failure

Individuals with impaired liver function are unable to remove ammonia – a by-product of normal cellular activity – from their bodies fast enough.  This result is a host of neurological problems, including seizures, for which doctors have no effective treatment.  A new study shows that an existing blood pressure drug may be able to prevent the molecular chain reaction in the brain triggered by ammonia. 

11/20/2013