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Collagen found in chicken may lower blood pressure

BY Melissa Valliant

NIPPON, Japan Chicken may actually help lower high blood pressure. According to a new study by Japanese researchers, certain parts of a chicken contain a type of collagen that acts like a drug taken for high blood pressure.

Previous research had found that chicken breast meat contained collagen, but this amount was too small to be added in foods or used as a medication. These researchers have now discovered chicken legs and feet contain a significantly higher amount of collagen. Four proteins had collagen that acted like an ACE inhibitor, which caused a drastic lowering of blood pressure in rats.

“Chicken collagen hydrolysate prepared in this study was composed of foods that can be easily incorporated into the daily diet,” according to the researchers. “By incorporating these foods into meals, normalization of blood pressure will be achieved without compromising the quality of life of those who need such foods.”

Nippon Meat Packers Inc.’s Research and Development Center are currently exploring ways to use this collagen as a medication.

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Nerviano partners with Genentech to develop anticancer drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A company that develops cancer drugs has announced a multi-year collaboration with Genentech.

Nerviano Medical Sciences said that it would collaborate with South San Francisco, Calif.-based Genentech to search for antibody drug compounds to develop anticancer drugs. It is the second agreement between Genentech and NMS in less than a year, NMS said.

Genentech will have exclusive rights to fully develop and commercialize licensed products, while NMS will primarily synthesize and manufacture drug reagents.

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More Americans cutting back on prescription medications

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Economic difficulties are causing more Americans to forego prescription drugs, according to The New York Times.

Costs for housing and food are trumping costs for drugs, and some patients have stopped taking drugs for chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol. Some drug makers have reported decreases in sales of certain drugs, while IMS Health has reported reductions in prescriptions being dispensed.

The Times reported that the trend could cause increases in complications from chronic disease.

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