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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Insurance Rules Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 12, 2019 — Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to ... read more

Antibiotic Development Increased, but Insufficient

Feb. 6, 2019 — While the pipeline of new antibiotics has improved over the past six years, momentum in the development of new infection-fighting agents remains inadequate and could take a significant downturn ... read more

Better Assessing Bacteria Sensitivity to Antibiotics Could Change How Drugs Are Prescribed

Feb. 5, 2019 — We rely on antibiotics to treat bacterial infections, but the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria forces doctors and patients to contend with shifting treatment plans. Furthermore, current ... read more

OxyContin Reformulation to Curb Opioid Abuse Led to Hepatitis C Surge, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2019 — Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C cases. A new study provides the best evidence to date that ... read more

Chemists Harness Power of Light to Tackle Asymmetrical Molecules

Feb. 4, 2019 — Researchers have found a way to turn a 'left-handed' molecule into a 'right-handed' one -- a process that could have important implications for drug ... read more

Genetic Study of Impulsiveness Reveals Associations With Psychiatric Disorders

Feb. 4, 2019 — Impulsiveness and substance use share a genetic basis, according to genome-wide association studies. With more than 20,000 participants, the research represents the largest genetic analysis of ... read more

The Web Meets Genomics: A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Feb. 4, 2019 — Microbes are the most common and diverse organisms on the planet. A new search engine, called BIGSI, allows scientists to search public microbial DNA data for specific genes and mutations. This could ... read more

Rise in Overdoses from Opioids in Diarrhea Drug

Feb. 4, 2019 — A new study has uncovered a new threat in the opiate epidemic: overdoses of loperamide, an over-the-counter diarrhea medication, have been steadily increasing in number and severity nationwide over ... read more

New Computational Method Reduces Risk of Drug Formulation

Jan. 31, 2019 — A team of researchers has developed a new method to calculate and predict how drug molecules in molecular crystals arrange themselves under changing energetic conditions. For pharmaceutical ... read more

Treatment for Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease May Be in Reach

Jan. 31, 2019 — Researchers have discovered 27 new molecules. These molecules all activate a special protein called PPAR-delta and have the potential to treat fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetic nephrotoxicity, ... read more

Jan. 30, 2019 — Scientists have found that a drug derived from omega-3 fatty acids can reduce osteoarthritis inflammation that's been caused by a high-fat ... read more

Investigators Study Effect of Switching Insulin Medications

Jan. 29, 2019 — Switching from higher cost analogue insulin to lower cost human insulin resulted in small increases in blood sugar levels not likely to be clinically meaningful, according to a new ... read more

Use of Synthetic Drug Flakka Rare Among High School Seniors, but Most Users Take Numerous Drugs

Jan. 29, 2019 — Nearly one percent of high school seniors report using Flakka, a highly potent and potentially dangerous synthetic drug, according to a new ... read more

Drug Compound Could Be Next-Generation Treatment for Aggressive Form of Leukemia

Jan. 28, 2019 — Researchers are developing a series of drug compounds that have shown promise in treating acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive blood cancer that is one of the most lethal cancers. About 19,520 news ... read more

Finding Second Hits to Knock out Leukemia

Jan. 28, 2019 — Targeted drugs are a cornerstone of personalized medicine, yet come with important drawbacks. They restrain disease progression -- but rarely eradicate the cancer. Patients therefore need to take the ... read more

Jan. 27, 2019 — Chickens that are genetically modified to produce human proteins in their eggs can offer a cost-effective method of producing certain types of drugs, research suggests. Researchers say the findings ... read more

West Virginia Study Details Promising Method for Estimating Rural Intravenous Drug Use

Jan. 24, 2019 — A study estimates that 1,857 people injected drugs in the last six months in Cabell County, W.Va., a rural county with a population of 94,958. This estimate is based on an innovative survey technique ... read more

'Training Gym' for Lab-Grown Heart Cells: Engineering Researchers Design New Platform

Jan. 24, 2019 — Heart muscle cells need exercise -- even when they grow outside the human body. A new device uses a rigorous training regimen to grow small amounts of cardiac tissue and measure how strongly it ... read more

Dermatologists Find Inconsistencies in Medicare Off-Label Prescription List

Jan. 23, 2019 — If a patient has private insurance, doctors can get prior approval to prescribe a drug 'off-label' to make sure the medication will be covered, but when it comes to Medicare part D, ... read more

Blocking Toxic-Protein Production in ALS

Jan. 22, 2019 — An approved drug that blocks an integrated stress response shows promise in preliminary tests against ALS and frontotemporal ... read more

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