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Pharma / Biotech News

Simple drug formula regenerates brain cells

Scientists have shown how a drug cocktail of four compounds can convert glia, or support cells, next to damaged neurons into new working neurons.

Posted on 11 February 2019 | 5:00 pm

Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds

Scientists have identified a number of synthetic cannabinoid compounds that can halt the growth of several types of human colorectal cancer cells.

Posted on 8 February 2019 | 4:00 pm

Antibiotics disrupt gut bacteria, impact bone health

According to one intriguing new study, antibiotics may disrupt bone health by interacting with gut bacteria and the immune system.

Posted on 28 January 2019 | 8:00 am

Multiple sclerosis: Small molecule could delay onset

Neuroprotective treatment with the small molecule Sephin1, significantly delayed loss of myelin and damage to cells in a mouse model of MS.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Breast cancer: Changing tumor cells into fat cells stops spread

By exploiting cancer cells' innate adaptability, scientists halt invasive spread in mice by transforming malignant breast cancer cells into fat cells.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Triple-negative breast cancer responds to new dual-target therapy

An experimental therapy that targets two growth pathways reduced cancer cell proliferation and spread in mice with triple-negative breast cancer.

Posted on 7 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish 'soil cure' tackles major superbugs

Newly identified bacteria in Irish soil long used in folk medicine stops growth of MRSA and three other superbugs behind antibiotic-resistant infections.

Posted on 3 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Diabetes: Drug duo helps body replenish its insulin-producing cells

A new drug combination that spurs adult human beta cells on to regenerate at an unprecedented 5–8 percent per day is a big step toward a diabetes cure.

Posted on 2 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

Multiple sclerosis: Could this be why myelin fails to regenerate?

A study finds a previously unknown mechanism that quietens adult stem cells and could be a disruptor of myelin repair in inflammatory diseases, such as MS.

Posted on 19 December 2018 | 5:00 pm

How to make kefir more healthful using sound

Kefir is credited with a range of health benefits. Recently, researchers tried to boost levels of one of its active ingredients using ultrasound.

Posted on 16 December 2018 | 11:00 am

Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery

A 'sprayable gel' embedded with nanoparticles carrying drugs that boost immunity controlled tumor recurrence at surgery site and at distant sites in mice.

Posted on 14 December 2018 | 5:00 pm

'Simple modification' could help antibiotics overcome resistance

A simple way of linking vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide led to a fivefold increase in the antibiotic's power against an infectious bacterium.

Posted on 6 November 2018 | 5:00 pm

Antibiotic resistance: Breakthrough study offers solution

Mice treated with small molecules that stop bacteria forming toxins survived MRSA infection without the need for antibiotics, study found.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 5:00 pm

How a 150-year old drug might help battle cancer

The potency of cancer treatments is often reduced by a lack of oxygen in and around the tumor. Researchers have found an existing drug that might help.

Posted on 19 October 2018 | 8:00 am

High blood pressure control with 'exercise in a pill'

Increased body levels of a compound that the liver makes could control high blood pressure without having to exercise or eat less salt, study suggests.

Posted on 18 October 2018 | 5:00 pm

What is the difference between clonazepam and Xanax?

Clonazepam and Xanax both belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. As a result, they are quite similar, but doctors may prescribe them for different reasons. Learn more about the differences in their uses, effects, and dosages here.

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 4:00 pm

Drugs could one day treat nearsightedness, reveals gene study

The molecular pathways involved in the development of near- and farsightedness are different, according to an animal study of gene changes in the retina.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 5:00 pm

Existing drug shows promise for treating aggressive breast cancer

An antipsychotic drug that is used to treat Tourette's syndrome shows promising results against triple-negative breast cancer in a study of cells and mice.

Posted on 9 October 2018 | 5:00 pm

5 bizarre medical techniques from history

We discuss five unusual medical procedures from ancient civilizations and more recent history. The journey toward medical discovery has been a bumpy ride.

Posted on 3 October 2018 | 4:00 pm

Alzheimer's: Groundbreaking plan aims to target root cause

Now that scientists agree that oligomer protein deposits cause Alzheimer's, an international team has detailed a plan for developing drugs to target them.

Posted on 26 September 2018 | 3:00 pm

Cancer: Using cell metabolism to fight stubborn tumors

Targeting cell metabolism could stop cancer cells from using a survival mechanism called autophagy to escape treatment and seed new tumors, says new study.

Posted on 30 August 2018 | 5:00 pm

What are the side effects of antibiotics?

Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. However, they can cause side effects, such as digestive issues, fungal infections, and drug interactions. Some people experience severe reactions, including anaphylaxis and antibiotic resistant infections. Learn about the side effects of antibiotics here.

Posted on 23 August 2018 | 5:00 pm

Experimental drug may treat 'undruggable' cancers

Researchers have found a way to block a cell signaling pathway that is common to many hard-to-treat cancers and has so far defied attempts to target it.

Posted on 13 August 2018 | 5:00 pm

Can you mix cephalexin and alcohol?

Cephalexin, also spelled cefalexin, is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as first-generation cephalosporins, which doctors use to treat a range of bacterial infections. While some antibiotics are not safe to take when consuming alcohol, cephalexin does not usually cause adverse reactions.

Posted on 9 August 2018 | 5:00 pm

Cancer cells are weaker when made more acidic

New research suggests that making the insides of cancer cells more acidic upsets their metabolism. This vulnerability could offer new therapy targets.

Posted on 2 August 2018 | 3:00 pm

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