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Diabetes drug reduces risk of heart attacks, strokes from air pollution: study

Contributed by NAMPA / Xinhua.

CHICAGO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- A common, safe and inexpensive drug for type 2 diabetes, metformin, decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by air pollution by reducing inflammation in the lungs that triggers clotting, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
In the study published Thursday in Cell Press, a pediatric formulation of metformin was given to mice in their drinking water for three days. It was an equivalent concentration to the dose people take for diabetes. Mice were ex ...