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February 9, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Restricting Ketamine Would Have 'Dire Consequences' for Surgery in Low-Resource Countries, Anesthesiologists Warn

Feb. 8, 2016 — Proposals to restrict access to ketamine by making it a "Schedule I" drug would have a major impact on the availability of anesthesia and surgery in low- to middle-income countries ... read more

Functional MRI May Help Identify New, Effective Painkillers for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain ... read more

Improvised Naloxone Nasal Sprays Lack Evidence of Absorption and Effect

Feb. 4, 2016 — Naloxone hydrochloride is a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a nasal naloxone product to replace those ... read more

Investigation Casts Doubt Over Trial Used to Support Top-Selling Anti-Clotting Drug

Feb. 4, 2016 — An investigation raises new concerns about the top-selling anti-clotting drug, rivaroxaban (Xarelto). The trial compared rivaroxaban with the older anti-clotting drug warfarin for preventing strokes ... read more

New Insights Into the Function of the Main Class of Drug Targets

Feb. 3, 2016 — About thirty percent of all medical drugs such as beta-blockers or antidepressants interact with certain types of cell surface proteins called G protein coupled receptors. Researchers has now ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Advances in new treatments for diseases, including cancer, come about from innovative research with therapeutic potential. This was the starting point for the research team three years ago when it ... read more

Risk of Premature Death Nine-Fold Among Illicit Drug Users

Feb. 3, 2016 — Premature deaths are almost nine times more common among illicit drug users than among the general Finnish population, shows a new study. The excess mortality is especially pronounced among female ... read more

Natural Clay Deposit May Hold Keys to Defeating Hospital Infections

Feb. 2, 2016 — Researchers have uncovered potent antimicrobial activity in a natural clay deposit found on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. The research shows that the clay can kill members of the ... read more

Adenosine Deaminase May Help the Immune System Fight HIV on Its Own

Feb. 2, 2016 — A new therapeutic strategy for HIV may already be available by repurposing an existing prescription drug, new research shows. The drug, an enzyme called adenosine deaminase, or ADA, ultimately may be ... read more

Antiseptic Baths to Prevent Infections Deemed Effective for Long-Term Use

Feb. 2, 2016 — Long-term use antiseptic soap in bathing critically ill patients to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) did not cause high levels of resistance in bacteria on the patients' skin, ... read more

Effects on HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells, new research shows. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit docking of ... read more

Cell Culture Experiments Reveal Potent Antiviral Activity of Cistus Incanus Extracts Against HIV and Ebola

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells. Active antiviral ingredients in the extracts inhibit ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A new drug with the potential to aid in vaccine development has been identified by researchers. The drug appears safe, and boosts immunity in mice, say the ... read more

Potential Targeted Therapy for Lung Cancer Identified Using Fly Model

Feb. 1, 2016 — A drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for melanoma in combination with a common cholesterol-lowering drug may show promise in controlling cancer growth in patients with non-small ... read more

Uncovering the Financial Ties of Advocates for Cancer Drug Approval

Feb. 1, 2016 — Speakers who nominally represent cancer patients at advisory meetings on new drugs often have financial ties with the company seeking marketing approval. And those ties aren't always disclosed, ... read more

More Efficient DNA Technology for Targeted Disease Detection, Treatment

Feb. 1, 2016 — A more efficient DNA technology to detect and treat infectious diseases and cancer has been developed by ... read more

Biologists Develop Method for Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Jan. 30, 2016 — A team of biologists and biomedical researchers has developed a new method to determine if bacteria are susceptible to antibiotics within a few hours, an advance that could slow the appearance of ... read more

Oncologists Issue Guidance for Allocating Scarce Chemotherapy Drugs

Jan. 30, 2016 — Claiming that clinicians lack formal and concrete allocation guidance when faced with a critical drug shortage, experts in pediatric oncology and bioethics have issued a framework to avoid waste and ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Sphingosine kinase inhibitors are a new category of drugs that act on specific enzymes involved in sphingolipid metabolism to reduce the formation of a pro-cancer, pro-inflammatory lipid signaling ... read more

New Drug Could Be Safer, Non-Addictive Alternative to Morphine

Jan. 28, 2016 — A painkiller has been developed that is as strong as morphine but isn't likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study. Opium-based drugs are the leading treatments ... read more

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