Can Drugs Be Good For You?

Marijuana. Cocaine. Heroine. There all bad right, but what about tobacco? New studies show that tobacco may be beneficial as a cure for the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus has affected numerous people; the number of those with the disease exceed 2,300 people because some people do not show any symptoms. It is said that about 1 in 5 people show slight signs of headaches, vomiting, body aches, diarrhea, and joint pain. Also, it is likely that a small fraction of people will develop a fatal brain disease such as meningitis or encephalitis. Unfortunately, about 10% of these people will die. Experimental testing with mice has occurred, in which they were all injected with the virus. The mice were given MAbs treatment in increasing amounts on the day of infection. The rest were given treatment four days after infection when the virus has already reached the brain. The research group found that the tobacco-based treatment protected up to 90 percent of the mice even the mice that were treated four days after infection. There is still research being done to eliminate mortality by developing a drug that blocks the pathogen’s passage into the brain and nervous system.

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