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Potential treatment for severe influenza found in Omega-3 fatty acids

In a study published March 7, 2013 in Cell, a modified omega-3 fatty acid known as protectin D1 was found to markedly increase the chances of survival in mice with infected with various strains of influenza, including the H1N1 strain behind the 2009 ‘swine flu’ epidemic.

“The authors show for the first time that [protectin D1] actually disrupts replication of influenza,” says Charles Serhan, an anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It provides a natural template for new therapeutic development.”

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