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Pharma / Biotech News

'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

New antibiotic found in common weed

Researchers have found a new type of antibiotic on the leaf of a common weed and suggest that this little-explored ecosystem could yield many new drugs.

Posted on 1 August 2018 | 3:00 pm

Blocking one enzyme could help treat many chronic disorders

New drugs for diverse inflammatory diseases — from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to cancer and osteoarthritis — may come from the discovery of a new target.

Posted on 27 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

Commonly used yeast could cause drug-resistant infections

A yeast that has been used in industry for hundreds of years has recently been identified as the exact same species that causes drug-resistant infections.

Posted on 23 July 2018 | 11:00 am

Potential new MS drug could regenerate myelin

A study finds that blocking the M3R receptor improves myelination in mice implanted with human progenitor cells, maybe leading to clinical trials in MS.

Posted on 19 July 2018 | 5:00 pm

How to get rid of an amoxicillin rash

A reaction to amoxicillin, a medication used to treat bacterial infections, causes an amoxicillin rash. A side effect of amoxicillin can be a rash that may be mild or severe. Treatment options include medication, applying oatmeal to the rash, and drinking plenty of water. Learn more about an amoxicillin rash here.

Posted on 14 July 2018 | 12:00 pm

Cancer: 'Intelligent drug delivery' is on its way

Scientists have demonstrated a precision targeting system that only releases anticancer drugs when it encounters two tumor conditions in the right order.

Posted on 9 July 2018 | 4:00 pm

Prostate cancer: New drug for aggressive, resistant cases

Enzalutamide reduced metastasis or death risk by 71 percent in phase III trial of castration-resistant nonmetastatic prostate cancer with escalating PSA.

Posted on 29 June 2018 | 5:00 pm

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?

A study suggests that blocking certain epigenetic proteins with drugs could prevent women at high risk of breast cancer from developing the disease.

Posted on 19 June 2018 | 5:00 pm

Type 2 diabetes: New pill could 'mimic the effects of surgery'

A material that temporarily coats the small intestine and can be taken in pill form before a meal reduced glucose response by 47 percent in rats.

Posted on 12 June 2018 | 5:00 pm

This 'light-activated' drug could treat Parkinson's

A drug activated in the brain using light delivered by implanted optical fiber improved motor function and reduced Parkinson's symptoms in mice.

Posted on 11 June 2018 | 5:00 pm

Atherosclerosis: Could there be a best time of day for medication?

New research finds that the biological processes of atherosclerosis vary according to time of day and may have implications for timing of medication.

Posted on 4 June 2018 | 5:00 pm

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