Endometriosis treatment, cure found after blocking a specific gene in mice, soon for humans

Endometriosis is a rare disease that now has the potential to be treated in mice, thanks to the discovery made by researchers in their laboratories. This discovery could be something that can be passed on to humans, something that researchers are already studying and trying to replicate for actual treatments that can help those affected.

Before that, the only treatments for those with endometriosis are surgery or taking hormone pills to possibly prevent the condition from developing in the body. In addition, endometriosis adds to a higher risk of heart disease in women, making the rare disease a massive problem.

Endometriosis Possible treatment from research

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After years of battling the rare disease, endometriosis found its first potential treatment and was found in mice.

Endometriosis is a massive problem for women, especially those who suffer from it or are showing the first signs of the disease developing. Fortunately, science and technology have helped reduce pain or manage it with various treatments. However, the current and known treatments have certain side effects that are harmful to women as well.

Nevertheless, Thomas Tapmeier from Monash University and his team have found a way to treat the disorder and disease and avoid the currently publicly known method. Here the team found a way to block the said gene, which is making the disease worse and developing.

The initial research began with the team’s research on mice that were found to have stopped the progression of said disease. This treatment could potentially be used for people and those affected by it.

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What is endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus – the endometrium – grows outside the walls. This is due to a hormonal imbalance that makes the disorder a painful condition for women, especially during their period or menstrual cycle, where said mucous membrane is shed.

The tissue is mainly located on the fallopian tube, ovaries, and near the pelvis, where it mainly grows. The tissue that grows in the unintended location can leave scars and act as the glue holding several of the internal organs together, which if left untreated can have dangerous effects.

Statistics say 1 in 10 women around the world have endometriosis and it is a rare condition. Surgery is the only way to help people with severe cases of endometriosis and is taking hormone pills to keep the tissue lining from growing outward.

How can treatment help?

The treatment discovered by Tampmeier and Monash University would help prevent endometrial tissue from developing outside of its intended area. The process would block the gene that causes it to be “freaked out” or to grow extensively outside of its specific area in the uterus.

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