Back to Basics: Aspirin as second-line cancer treatment

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Today, scientific advancements in cancer research seem to teeter on the edge of futuristic science fiction. Genetically engineered viruses, proton therapy, vaccines that coat cancer in RNA, and liquid biopsy technology are quickly establishing themselves as regulars in mainstream scientific journals. In the midst of this incredible, ground-breaking work, a team of researchers at the […]

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation

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Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient’s own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body’s complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Process of extracting proteolipid material, protein enrichment, and vesicular formulation of leukosomes. Credit: Houston Methodist An international […]

Does acetaminophen/paracetamol reduce empathy?

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Researchers from The Ohio State University have found evidence that acetaminophen not only dulls physical pain, it also reduces our ability to predict pain in others and empathize. If the results are to be believed, this common drug might hamper our ability to imagine each other’s discomfort. Used to relieve pain and fever, acetaminophen – […]


Common painkillers are more dangerous than we think

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New research shows that common painkillers (NSAIDs) have more side effects than we think, and that they should be used with great care in patients with heart disease. NSAIDs are among the most sold medicines in the world. Credit: © Melinda Fawver / Fotolia Many patients are prescribed NSAIDs for the treatment of painful conditions, […]


Genetically modified E. coli pump out morphine precursor

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Bacteria engineered in Japan yield 300 times more opiates than yeast. A common gut microbe could soon be offering us pain relief. Japanese bioengineers have tweaked Escherichia coli genes so that they pump out thebaine, a morphine precursor that can be modified to make painkillers. The genetically modified E. coli produces 300 times more thebaine […]

How to respond to 5 emergency scenarios: first aid and treatment

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A woman sitting next to you on the train starts convulsing and falls to the floor. You don’t have time — or a signal — to Google “how to help someone having a seizure” on your smartphone. Would you know what to do? Emergencies by definition are unexpected, so many of us are unprepared for […]

Tarantula toxins might work as a painkiller

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Credit: The venom from a tarantula may be deadly, but it apparently could have a therapeutic side as well. Researchers from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, say their work shows a compound in tarantula venom has the potential to work as a painkiller. The researchers were able to take individual peptide toxins called ProTx-II from the […]