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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

How Vial Sizes Can Be Optimized to Reduce Pharmaceutical Wastage

Dec. 5, 2018 — A new study shows how drug manufacturers can reduce wastage, and therefore their costs, by altering the size of the vials they ... read more

Global Review Finds Consumption of Children's Antibiotics Varies Widely

Dec. 4, 2018 — Researchers analyzing the sales of oral antibiotics for children in 70 high- and middle-income countries found that consumption varies widely from country to country with little correlation between ... read more

New Drug Combination Could Be More Effective Against Melanoma

Dec. 3, 2018 — A new study suggests that combining kinase inhibitors with experimental drugs known as ribonucleases could lead to better results. In tests with human cancer cells, the researchers found that the two ... read more

Shortcut Strategy for Screening Compounds With Clinical Potentials for Drug Development

Dec. 3, 2018 — The journey of developing a new drug often takes years and needs hundreds of millions of dollars. A 'shortcut' has now been found which can potentially reduce the time and costs of ... read more

Women Reveal the Reasons They Reject a Preventive Drug for Breast Cancer

Dec. 3, 2018 — Only around a fifth of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer think they need to take a drug proven to help prevent the disease, according to new ... read more

An Opioid Epidemic May Be Looming in Mexico -- And the US May Be Partly Responsible

Nov. 29, 2018 — Though opioid use in Mexico has been low, national and international factors are converging and a threat of increased drug and addiction rates exists. Many of these factors may have originated in the ... read more

Virtual Library of 1 Million New Macrolide Scaffolds Could Help Speed Drug Discovery

Nov. 28, 2018 — Researchers have created the largest publicly available virtual library of macrolide scaffolds. The library -- called V1M -- contains chemical structures and computed properties for 1 million ... read more

Antibiotic Could Protect Against Neurodegenerative Diseases During Aging

Nov. 28, 2018 — An antibiotic, minocycline, can increase the lifespan of roundworms by preventing the build-up of proteins during aging, a study ... read more

Some Research May Be Encouraging Ineffective Prescriptions, Says New Study

Nov. 26, 2018 — A new paper suggests that some clinical trials may promote the use of ineffective and costly treatments. That's the opposite of what clinical trials are aimed at, namely preventing ineffective ... read more

Cancer Researchers ID 'Achilles Heel' of Drug-Resistant Tumors

Nov. 26, 2018 — Scientists have figured out why some lung cancers become drug-resistant after initially responding to targeted therapies. In the process, they devised a new two-pronged approach that yields an ... read more

Advancement in Drug Therapies May Provide New Treatment for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Nov. 21, 2018 — Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a parasitic infection caused by Leishmania parasite. CL cases have increased dramatically in Syria and neighboring countries due to conflict-related displacement of ... read more

Scientists Develop Potential New Treatment for Common Soft-Tissue Childhood Cancer

Nov. 20, 2018 — CRISPR 'genetic screens' and new approaches to drug design have provided a potential new therapy, which blocks the progression of synovial sarcoma tumors in pre-clinical ... read more

Nov. 19, 2018 — A team of researchers may have found a solution to stopping the spread of glioblastoma with a new drug and cancer treatment ... read more

Anti-Malaria Drugs Have Shown Promise in Treating Cancer

Nov. 15, 2018 — Anti-malaria drugs known as chloroquines have been repurposed to treat cancer for decades, but until now no one knew exactly what the chloroquines were targeting when they attack a tumor. Now, ... read more

New Inflammation Inhibitor Discovered

Nov. 15, 2018 — A multidisciplinary team of researchers have developed an anti-inflammatory drug molecule with a new mechanism of action. By inhibiting a certain protein, the researchers were able to reduce the ... read more

Insect Antibiotic Provides New Way to Eliminate Bacteria

Nov. 15, 2018 — An antibiotic called thanatin attacks the way the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria is built. Researchers have now found out that this happens through a previously unknown mechanism. Thanatin, ... read more

Drug Combination Makes Cancer Disappear in Mice With Neuroblastoma

Nov. 14, 2018 — Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma -- one of the most common childhood cancers -- have found that a combination of two drugs made tumors disappear in mice, making it more ... read more

Nov. 14, 2018 — Researchers have discovered the molecular basis for therapeutic actions of an African folk medicine used to treat a variety of illnesses and disorders including diabetes, pain, headaches, paralysis ... read more

How Exercise Could Help Fight Drug Addiction

Nov. 14, 2018 — The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear ... read more

New Methods to Identify Alzheimer's Drug Candidates With Anti-Aging Properties

Nov. 13, 2018 — Old age is the greatest risk factor for many diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cancer. Geroprotectors are a recently identified class of anti-aging compounds. New research has now ... read more

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