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Pharma / Biotech News

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 | 3:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 3:00 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 | 5:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 4:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 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 | 8:00 am

Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have managed to synthesise lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk.

Posted on 25 May 2017 | 2:00 pm

Neuroprosthetics: Recovering from injury using the power of your mind

Medical News Today take a look at five neuroprosthetic devices that help people with sensory or motor disabilities to regain control over their lives.

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 4:00 pm

Experimental technology monitors and maintains drug levels in the body

As with coffee or alcohol, the way each person processes medication is unique. One person's perfect dose may be another person's deadly overdose.

Posted on 12 May 2017 | 8:00 am

Nearly 1 in 3 drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approval

How often are safety concerns raised about a drug after it's been approved by the FDA?

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 8:00 am

Restricting pharmaceutical reps' marketing tactics changes physician prescribing behavior

New research shows that limiting how pharmaceutical sales representatives can market their products to physicians changes their drug prescribing behaviors.

Posted on 4 May 2017 | 8:00 am

Could fungi be a vast, untapped source of new antibiotics?

In scanning genomes of many fungal species, scientists find over 1,000 molecular pathways that might yield a large variety of antibiotics and other drugs.

Posted on 21 April 2017 | 3:00 pm

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from...

Posted on 21 April 2017 | 8:00 am

Nanoparticle nasal spray may offer rapid and safe delivery of drugs to the brain

A nasal spray containing nanoparticles could be a safe, effective way to deliver drugs to the brain, say scientists, after testing the method in locusts.

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 3:00 pm

Komodo dragon blood may lead to new antibiotics

A new peptide inspired by the blood of Komodo dragons killed two strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and hastened wound-healing in a new mouse study.

Posted on 12 April 2017 | 4:00 pm

Homing system delivers drugs to specific neurons

Biomedical engineers have developed a way to deliver drugs to specific types of neurons in the brain, providing an unprecedented ability to study neurological diseases while also promising a more...

Posted on 10 April 2017 | 8:00 am

Scientists discover new category of analgesic drugs that may treat neuropathic pain

New research published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that a novel therapeutic target called LPCAT2 may prove effective against pain that is not receptive to the current treatments.

Posted on 31 March 2017 | 8:00 am

New drug strategy: Target the ribosome to halt protein production

The discovery of a chemical compound that halts the production of a small set of proteins suggests a new drug search strategy: find compounds that target undesired proteins before they even get...

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 8:00 am

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