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Pharma / Biotech News

Could Viagra and a flu shot kill cancer?

A Viagra, Cialis, and inactivated flu vaccine combination reduced cancer spread in a mouse model of post-surgery metastasis by helping the immune system.

Posted on 21 May 2018 | 4:00 pm

This 'metastasis-blocking' compound may stop the spread of cancer

A compound that targets a unique structure in cancer cell nuclei and has links to metastasis potential stopped cancer spread and extended survival in mice.

Posted on 18 May 2018 | 4:00 pm

Cancer: New drug may fight treatment resistance

A new drug that blocks a molecule that cancer cells rely on for transcribing genetic information shows promise in tackling treatment-resistant tumors.

Posted on 12 April 2018 | 2:00 pm

'Natural insecticide' kills advanced prostate cancer cells

Scientists identify a class of drugs that selectively targets and kills advanced prostate cancer cells that lack the tumor-suppressor protein PTEN.

Posted on 4 April 2018 | 2:00 pm

Prostate cancer: How a full stomach could improve treatment

A new study finds that the prostate cancer drug Zytiga is more effective, as well as cheaper, when taken with food, as opposed to on an empty stomach.

Posted on 2 April 2018 | 7:00 am

Alzheimer's: This antibody may halt brain injury

A study shows how an antibody that targets the APOE protein halved brain levels of plaque in mice with Alzheimer's disease without harming APOE in the blood.

Posted on 28 March 2018 | 2:00 pm

Many non-antibiotic drugs can alter gut bacteria

A new study reveals that many marketed non-antibiotic drugs affect the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Posted on 21 March 2018 | 2:00 pm

Targeting these brain cells may aid weight loss

Scientists may have found a new obesity treatment, after exploring mice's 'feed or flee' responses and finding that they could target the 'control switch.'

Posted on 19 March 2018 | 7:00 am

How an existing diabetes drug controls pancreatic cancer

A new study suggests that targeting the RET signaling pathway with metformin might offer a new way to stop the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer.

Posted on 15 March 2018 | 2:00 pm

New drug could reduce hot flashes 'by 72 percent'

Fresh analysis of trial data finds that a new class of drug rapidly reduces severity and frequency of hot flashes and other symptoms in menopausal women.

Posted on 14 March 2018 | 2:00 pm

Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior

Romidepsin, a compound that is already approved for treating cancer, reversed social deficits in a mouse model of autism by restoring gene expression.

Posted on 13 March 2018 | 2:00 pm

Antidepressants: Do they really work?

The debate over whether antidepressants can really help to tackle depression has been rife. We take a closer look at the evidence.

Posted on 7 March 2018 | 3:00 pm

Could an existing drug halt Parkinson's disease?

A new Parkinson's study suggests that drugs for treating a rare genetic disorder may be effective in targeting toxic alpha-synuclein clusters in neurons.

Posted on 7 February 2018 | 2:00 pm

Alzheimer's: 'Triple-action' diabetes drug shows promise as treatment

A type 2 diabetes drug that activates three growth factor receptors achieved significant reversal of memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

Posted on 2 January 2018 | 2:00 pm

Progressive MS: Antidepressant identified as promising treatment

After screening hundreds of generic drugs, researchers find that clomipramine targets three drivers of progressive multiple sclerosis in mice and cells.

Posted on 22 December 2017 | 2:00 pm

Diabetes: Synthetic beta cells could lead to skin patch treatment

Artificial beta cells that release insulin when blood sugar levels rise above normal show promise as a future treatment for diabetes.

Posted on 30 October 2017 | 4:00 pm

Gut-on-chip good predictor of drug side-effects

Research conducted at Leiden has established that guts-on-chips respond in the same way to aspirin as real human organs do.

Posted on 25 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Multiple sclerosis: Are we close to a cure?

Discoveries and breakthroughs in multiple sclerosis research are building momentum, but just how close are we to finding a cure? We investigate.

Posted on 21 August 2017 | 3:00 pm

'Accelerated approval' drugs: How well are they studied?

When an investigational prescription drug shows promise for treating a serious illness or filling an unmet medical need, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has special programs available to...

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 7:00 am

A new Botulinum Neurotoxin discovered - has the potential to treat a number of medical conditions

The first new Botulinum Neurotoxin in almost half a century has been discovered by researchers at Stockholm University and Harvard Medical School.

Posted on 4 August 2017 | 7:00 am

Scientists stumble across new method of making antibiotics

Cancer researchers in the UK may have stumbled across a solution to reverse antibiotic drug resistance and stop infections like MRSA.

Posted on 14 July 2017 | 7:00 am

Study reveals how sex 'blindspot' could misdirect medical research

The sex of animals frequently has an effect in biomedical research and therefore should be considered in the study of science, report an international team of scientists from the Wellcome Trust...

Posted on 29 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Characterising the mouse genome reveals new gene functions and their role in human disease

The first results from a functional genetic catalogue of the laboratory mouse has been shared with the biomedical research community, revealing new insights into a range of rare diseases and the...

Posted on 27 June 2017 | 7:00 am

Drug costs vary by more than 600% in study of 10 high-income countries

In a study of 10 high-income countries with universal health care, costs for prescription drugs in 6 of the largest categories of primary care medicines varied by more than 600%, according to...

Posted on 13 June 2017 | 7:00 am

New antibiotic packs a punch against bacterial resistance

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have given new superpowers to a lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin, an advance that could eliminate the threat of antibiotic-resistant...

Posted on 30 May 2017 | 7:00 am

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