Alzheimer’s: Are we on the right path to new drugs?

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With the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease expected to almost triple by 2050, the race is on to find a treatment that can prevent or slow the condition. But last week saw another crack emerge in the already rocky path toward an effective Alzheimer’s medication; pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced the failure of […]

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

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Administering anti-cancer drugs redefined Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication […]

New asthma pill reduces troublesome symptoms

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Asthma is a burdensome disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. But for the estimated 39.5 million people in the United States who have been affected by this disease, hope may come in pill form. Credit: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312188.php According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 39.5 […]

Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

Scientists engineer therapeutic system with two arms to get better hold on cancer target

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Scientists have engineered a sort of biological barbell that can get inside cancer cells and do damage to two proteins that work independently and together to enable cancer’s survival and spread. Their therapeutic strategy includes a molecule on either end called an aptamer that targets, in this case, prostate cancer. Sandwiched in between are two […]

Antibiotic resistance: ‘Snot wars’ study yields new class of drugs

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A new class of antibiotics has been discovered by analysing the bacterial warfare taking place up people’s noses, scientists report. Tests reported in the journal Nature found the resulting drug, lugdunin, could treat superbug infections. The researchers, at the University of Tubingen in Germany, say the human body is an untapped source of new drugs. The last new […]

Portable diagnostic tool rapidly detects Zika virus

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In the earliest days of the most recent Zika virus pandemic, researchers around the world set out to understand every facet of a contagion that seemed almost uncontrollable. While some researchers and physicians studied the pathophysiology of the virus and the seemingly minor illness it caused, ecologists and entomologists sought out the virus’s origin and […]

Illness: How Bacterial Protective Shell Adapts

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Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have published new findings on the adaptation of the bacterial cell wall in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The study reveals novel bacterial defence mechanisms against the immune system and how they can become resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria are surrounded by a mesh-like structure which, similar to an […]

Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika virus

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have confirmed that a benign bacterium called Wolbachia pipientis can completely block transmission of Zika virus in Aedes aegypti, the mosquito species responsible for passing the virus to humans. A strain of Aedes aegypti mosquitos feed from a membrane of blood in Matthew Aliota’s research lab insectary. Credit: Jeff Miller […]

Herpesviruses could be eradicated with gene-editing technique

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Herpesviruses are responsible for an array of infections and diseases, including cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, and even some forms of cancer. Now, new research reveals how a revolutionary genome-editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 could eliminate these viruses once and for all. Researchers say the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing tool shows promise for the elimination of herpesviruses. Study […]

Possible psoriasis drug target identified

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Researchers have discovered a protein involved in psoriasis, a highly common skin disease, opening up new potentials for therapy. Psoriasis is one of the most common human skin diseases. People with severe cases sometimes resort to immunosuppressive treatment to quell the skin scaling, itching and joint arthritis that are hallmarks of the disorder. But long-term […]

The FDA just approved the first human trials of a Zika vaccine

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first human tests of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the makers of the drug announced on Monday. https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/f0127511-zika_virus_in_blood_illustration-spl-1200×800.jpg Called GLS–5700, the medication will be used in a clinical trial involving 40 healthy people, and represents the first major step towards ultimately immunising people against Zika […]

Experimental drug shows promise against deadly MRSA infections

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The race to find new treatments against deadly MRSA has a new contestant in the form of an experimental drug that successfully treated the infections of the drug-resistant bacteria in animals. The compound, called TXA709, also restored the effectiveness of Cefdinir – an antibiotic in use for nearly 20 years that had lost its ability […]

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 […]

Stents may help bowel cancer patients

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. Credit: SPL The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. […]

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 […]

The superbug that experts have been dreading has just reached the US

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A type of bacteria that’s resistant to the last antibiotic we have left against superbugs has made it to the US, and it signals something doctors have been dreading for years – the end for antibiotics. The bacterium, a strain of Escherichia coli, was found in the urine of a Pennsylvania woman. The strain is […]

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 – […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

Can ‘sweaty billboard’ help fight Zika virus?

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A billboard that attracts and kills mosquitoes has been designed by marketing agencies in Brazil. The board releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath.   The Mosquito Killer Billboard   Its inventors have released the blueprint for free and […]

Editing an End to Malaria?

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The promise, and possible perils, of a new genetic tool Flaminia Catteruccia, shown here in the insectary at Harvard’s school of public health, is plumbing the mysteries of mosquito sex. Photograph by Stu Rosner. At Harvard, experiments involving mosquito sex are the purview of Flaminia Catteruccia, director of the insectary at the Harvard Chan School of […]

Pancreatic cancer: implantable chemo device may slow, shrink tumors

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Researchers have developed a small, implantable device for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Tests in mice showed it was up to 12 times more effective than giving the drugs intravenously, which is how most patients receive them. The researchers describe how they developed and tested their innovation in a paper published in the […]

Synthetic Biology

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The world of medicine is a big one. Far bigger than most of us can even begin to imagine. During the next few weeks, we will talk about some of the less talked about branches of medicine like Biomedical Research, Biotechnology, and Bioengineering.  http://sustainablepulse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/synthetic-biology.jpg Today’s article is on a relatively new field called Synthetic Biology. […]

Nanoparticle Generator Slips Chemotherapy Past Tumor Cells’ Protective Barriers

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Researchers have developed and tested a new injectable nanoparticle-generating technology that can deliver doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), a commonly used chemotherapy drug, straight to the nucleus of metastatic breast cancer cells with high effectiveness. Red blood cells (blue arrow) adjacent to an iNPG-pDox nanoparticle (red arrow) that is attached to a tumor microvessel. Credit: Haifa Shen, Ph.D., Houston Methodist […]

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GlaxoSmithKline to ‘drop patents in poor countries for better drug access’

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Pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline has said it wants to make it easier for manufacturers in the world’s poorest countries to copy its medicines. Picture credit: Reuters The British company said it would not file patents in these countries. Chief executive Sir Andrew Witty said he wanted to take a “graduated” approach to the company’s “intellectual property” based […]

Silicon ‘nano-balls’ have wiped out metastatic breast cancer in mice

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Human trials could start as early as 2017. Despite all our advances in cancer research, our best strategy of fighting the disease is still brute force, with only a fraction of the drugs administered actually reaching the tumour cells, and most being absorbed into healthy tissue. When cancer spreads, the likelihood of medication reaching it […]

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Antibiotic Resistance – What is it and how do we stop it?

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Today’s Medical News is filled with stories about cancer, mental problems and obesity, but there is a category that is very often under reported. Its called Antibiotic Resistance. During this report we aim to show you what Antibiotics are, what antibiotic resistance is, why it’s a problem and what we are doing to stop it. Credit: http://www.nesta.org.uk/sites/default/files/bacteria_graphic.jpg Antibiotics have […]

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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, […]

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

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Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, say scientists. http://bit.ly/1T6bmzn Tough bubbles could trap and deliver medication while providing a protective barrier between the wound dressing and the damaged skin, they believe. The Strathclyde University researchers have begun making a synthetic […]

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Scientists look for new antibiotic drugs in unexpected places

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Many of the drugs we use in hospitals – antibiotics, antifungals and anti-cancer drugs, to name but a few – are produced by bacteria that live in the soil beneath our feet. Most of the antibiotics we use were discovered by scientists in the mid-20th century, but as the threat of drug resistant infections increases, […]

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Study suggests Alzheimer’s lost memories may be recoverable

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Forgetting loved ones’ names, important dates or events, and details of one’s earlier life are the telltale, heartbreaking signs of Alzheimer’s disease. http://bit.ly/1pAF7gk Until recently, the scientific community generally accepted the idea that the disease destroys the process by which these memories are stored, thus resulting in their complete loss. But new research in mice […]

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Hydrogel: the future of ‘smart Band-Aids’

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A Band-Aid may never be the same again; engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with the latest model of stick-on dressing: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights and other electronics, as well as tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels. The “smart wound dressing” releases medication as […]

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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 […]

Tarantula toxins might work as a painkiller

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Credit: http://hdwallpapershoot.com/tarantula-hd-wallpapers/ 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 […]

First-ever research programme launched to tackle superbugs

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Research will use drug re-purposing to test whether existing therapies for the treatment of any medical condition can extend the life of existing antibiotics To meet the challenge of the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria (superbugs), national charity ‘Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) is commissioning the first ever research programme to screen antibiotic resistance breakers against antibiotic resistance in […]

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs may be overcome by ‘breaking down their walls’

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A new study that uncovers a mechanism that allows bacteria to fend off immune cells and drugs could pave the way for a new generation of drugs that kill the microbes by bringing down their cell walls. The finding offers a new direction to pursue in the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The researchers examined the […]

Breakthroughs galore: A transformative year in medicine

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This year has seen the dawn of gene editing, the rise of immunotherapy and the first hints of a drug to slow the pace of Alzheimer’s disease. They could all be breakthroughs that change medicine for all of us. Gene editing Credit: Great Ormond Street hospital Meet Layla Richards, the baby who marked a new […]

Opioids: What Patients – and Doctors – Think

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WebMD Health News Dec. 30, 2015 – After using prescription pain medicines known as opioids, more than one-third of respondents in a WebMD survey say they keep those medicines for future use. About the same percentage, though, believe it’s rare for those medications to fall into the wrong hands, despite what’s been called a national […]

Why are placebos getting more effective?

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When new drugs are put on the market, clinical trials determine whether they perform better than inactive pills known as “placebos”. Research shows that over the last 25 years the difference in effectiveness between real drugs and these fake ones has narrowed – but more in the US than elsewhere. Are Americans really more susceptible […]

The first 3D-printed pill opens up a world of downloadable medicine

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With architects printing lumpy plastic houses, fashion designers printing oddly-shaped dresses and food companies printing dodgy-looking hamburgers, the hype around 3D printing can often seem like a novelty. But news that the world’s first 3D-printed drug has just been approved suggests that, beyond the realm of personalised plastic trinkets, the technology still has a huge […]