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August 29, 2015

Aug. 26, 2015 — Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of ... read more

Researchers Testing Drug for Cancer, Bone Marrow Disorders

Aug. 19, 2015 — An international phase I, randomized clinical trial is underway that tests the drug guadecitabine (SGI-110) in Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDS are a group of ... read more

How an Emerging Anti-Resistance Antibiotic Targets the Bacterial Membrane

Aug. 18, 2015 — Scientists are planning for a future in which superbugs gain the upper hand against our current arsenal of antibiotics. One emerging class of drug candidates, called AMLPs (antimicrobial ... read more

Opiate Addiction Spreading, Becoming More Complex

Aug. 17, 2015 — The growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the US, according to ... read more

In First Year, Two Florida Laws Reduce Amount of Opioids Prescribed, Study Suggests

Aug. 17, 2015 — Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in ... read more

African-Americans Most Likely to Stop Taking Meds in Medicare Part D's Coverage Gap

Aug. 14, 2015 — Medicare Part D provides help to beneficiaries struggling with the cost of prescriptions drugs, but the plan's coverage gap hits some populations harder than others, particularly ... read more

Fears of Potentially Blinding Complication from Avastin Eye Injections Overblown, Says Study

Aug. 13, 2015 — Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug ... read more

Combining Chemotherapy With an Immune-Blocking Drug Could Stop Cancer Growing Back

Aug. 12, 2015 — Giving patients a drug that blocks part of the immune system from going into overdrive might help prevent cancer coming back in some people, according to new ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — Heteroduplex oligonucleotide is a brand new oligonucleotide drug. It is found to be significantly potent at reducing expression of the target RNA, and also improves the phenotype in disease models ... read more

Powering Off TB: New Electron Transport Gene Is a Potential Drug Target

Aug. 12, 2015 — The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first new drug to fight tuberculosis in more than 40 years, but treatment still takes six months, 200 pills and leaves 40 percent of patients ... read more

Vortioxetine in Depression: No Hint of Added Benefit

Aug. 11, 2015 — A review of the drug Vortioxetine has concluded that there is no suitable data for acute treatment or for relapse prevention. The evidence was only partly considered for the indirect comparison with ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A drug candidate that overstimulates proteins crucial for tumor growth shows promise as a new strategy to treat a wide range of cancers. The demands of rapid cell division put a strain on cancer ... read more

Aug. 10, 2015 — A review of liposomes, microscopic capsules widely used all over the world in the development of new drugs, has been published by an international team of researchers. Their review discusses the ... read more

Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

Aug. 9, 2015 — Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to new ... read more

Ruxolitinib in Polycythaemia Vera: Hint of Non-Quantifiable Added Benefit

Aug. 7, 2015 — Following review of Ruxolitinib in polycythaemia vera, patients complain of fatigue less frequently and have a better quality of life. The study design makes interpretation of the results difficult, ... read more

Adding Price Tag to Medicine Packs Just 'Headline Grabbing Gimmick' Says New Article

Aug. 7, 2015 — Adding the price tag to more expensive prescription medicines in England is just a 'headline grabbing gimmick,' which, among other things, could potentially mislead patients into believing ... read more

Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key to Anti-Smoking Therapy

Aug. 6, 2015 — A new study explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows that this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number ... read more

Working to Ensure the Heart's Ideal Performance

Aug. 6, 2015 — Utilizing a pharmaceutical treatment for systolic heart failure, that is being tested in clinical trials, new research determined the precise interaction between the drug and the cardiac myosin ... read more

Stroke Therapy Put to the Test in Preclinical Randomized Controlled Trial

Aug. 5, 2015 — In the midst of what some call a 'crisis' in the ability to replicate results of laboratory studies, a European consortium has conducted a preclinical randomized controlled trial (pRCT) -- ... read more

Scientists Solve Structure of Important Protein for Tumor Growth

Aug. 5, 2015 — Scientists have used a highly specialized X-ray crystallography technique to solve the protein structure of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), important regulators of a tumor’s response to low ... read more

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