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Researchers improve efficacy of new malaria drug

Researchers improve efficacy of new malaria drug

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Artemisone is a promising substance in the fight against malaria. However, the active ingredient has yet to be used due its instability and because it is not easily absorbed by the body. A team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has now pushed this a …

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Kirigami-inspired stent to improve drug delivery for diseases that affect tubular organs

Kirigami-inspired stent to improve drug delivery for diseases that affect tubular organs

Diseases that affect tubular structures in the body, such as the gastrointestinal (GI) system, vasculature and airway, present a unique challenge for delivering local treatments. Vertically oriented organs, such as the esophagus, and labyrinthine structures, such as the intestine, are difficult to coat with therapeutics, and in many cases, patients are instead prescribed systemic drugs …

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Drug commonly used as antidepressant helps fight cancer in mice

Drug commonly used as antidepressant helps fight cancer in mice

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A class of drug called monoamine oxidase inhibitors is commonly prescribed to treat depression; the medications work by boosting levels of serotonin, the brain’s “happiness hormone.” A new study by UCLA researchers suggests that those drugs, commonly known as MAOIs, might have another health benefit: helping the immune system attack cancer. …

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High sensation-seeking personality trait confers susceptibility to drug addiction

High sensation-seeking personality trait confers susceptibility to drug addiction

People who have a high sensation-seeking personality trait may be more likely to develop an addiction to cocaine, according to a Rutgers study. “Although many people try illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin, only a small proportion develop an addiction,” said lead author Morgan James, a member of the Rutgers Brain Health Institute and an …

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New study investigates how green tea could lead to a drug for tackling Covid-19

New study investigates how green tea could lead to a drug for tackling Covid-19

As India continues to be ravaged by the pandemic, a Swansea University academic is investigating how green tea could give rise to a drug capable of tackling Covid-19. Dr Suresh Mohankumar carried out the research with colleagues in India during his time at JSS College of Pharmacy, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in …

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New drug for vaginal yeast infections approved by FDA

New drug for vaginal yeast infections approved by FDA

(HealthDay)—A new and expensive antifungal drug to treat vaginal yeast infections was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week, but critics say it is not needed. Brexafemme (ibrexafungerp) is a one-day oral treatment and the first of a new class of triterpenoid antifungal drugs. The drug kills candida, the yeast that causes …

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Newly approved drug effective against lung cancer caused by genetic mutation

Newly approved drug effective against lung cancer caused by genetic mutation

A new study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that the new drug sotorasib benefits many patients with non-small-cell lung cancer with a specific mutation in the KRAS gene. In a small subset of patients, the drug eliminated all evidence of the tumors. Pictured on the left is a scan …

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Weight loss drug Wegovy approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Wegovy (semaglutide) injection (2.4 mg once weekly) as a chronic weight management treatment in obese or overweight adults with a weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol) when used along with calorie restriction and physical activity. Wegovy, is a more …

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Scientists find drug duo that may cure COVID-19 together

Scientists find drug duo that may cure COVID-19 together

Researchers screened a panel of drugs that are already approved for clinical use and identified two drugs that provided effective SARS-CoV-2 suppression: cepharanthine and nelfinavir. Credit: Louis Reed on Unsplash COVID-19 continues to claim lives around the world and is infecting millions more. Although several vaccines have recently become available, making significant strides towards preventing …

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FDA approves obesity drug that helped people cut weight 15%

FDA approves obesity drug that helped people cut weight 15%

by Linda A. Johnson This image provided by Novo Nordisk on Friday, June 4, 2021 shows a package of injection pens for the company’s semaglutide medication, named Wegovy. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration said this new version of a popular diabetes medicine could be sold as a weight-loss drug in the U.S. Credit: …

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