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Green Tea May Help Treat Fatal Disease
Researchers Demonstrate Green Tea Compound is Effective in Treating Genetic Disorder and Two Types of Tumors
By: Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Prevailing medical evidence suggests that the deadly genetic disorder hyperinsulinism/hyperammonemia is rare.
But Dr. Thomas Smith, a researcher at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, questions whether that's true.
He and researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have found green tea compounds that show great promise for treating the disorder, which causes insulin to rocket to dangerously high levels and glucose to plummet when patients who have the disorder eat a little too much protein. They often go into a coma then die.
Perhaps, Smith said, a lot of children die before they're diagnosed, and the disorder is more common than believed.
"Unless doctors happen to know what they're looking for, it's hard for them to pick up on, unless they happen to be monitoring baby glucose levels," he said. Getting funding to develop the green tea compounds into a safe, effective drug is difficult because hyperinsulinism/hyperammonemia syndrome — or HHS — is considered an orphan disease.
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