Body’s defences could help fight eczema



Scottish scientists believe the body’s own natural defences could be used to create a new treatment for a common form of eczema.
Atopic dermatitis, which affects around one in five children and one in 20 adults in the UK, causes chronic and itchy lesions on the face, scalp and limbs as well as broken skin, which makes patients more susceptible to picking up infections.
A team from Edinburgh University found that sufferers from the condition lack a natually-occurring protective compound in their skin cells, known as human beta-defensin 2 (hBD2).
When hBD2 was applied to skin cells grown in... read more

 
3 October 2016 in Health, Views: 42
Source: Scotsman
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