A very cruel and dangerous disease is Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). It is harmful due to the fact that it affects infants who are still in the womb. This disease works on affecting the intestine, causing infections that leads to the destruction of the bowel wall. It causes a lot of different diseases for the child when born and is very complicated. This disease has not yet been treated and there is no way to control. It affects almost 10% of all newly born babies in the United States alone; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, a recent study conducted by a team of scientists from the Catherine Hunter lab were able to find a new discovery that might treat NEC. The study was led by Catherine Hunter who is a doctor at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The study focuses on the use of inhibitors that are originally used in cardiovascular disease for older humans. This was the first time inhibitors would be used in the intestine. The results were published in the journal of Scientific Reports. Dr. Catherine commented on her findings saying, “Now that we have identified a cellular mechanism that causes this life-threatening disease in premature newborns, we are pursuing a new potential treatment strategy to stop NEC in its tracks. Our exciting discovery brings us closer to solving the complex jigsaw puzzle that is NEC.”