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Pharmacology - 13.05.2019
Biomarker reveals PTSD sufferers at risk of suicide
The risk of suicide among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much higher than the general population, but identifying those individuals at greatest risk has been difficult. However, a team at Yale has discovered a biological marker linked to individuals with PTSD who are most likely to think about suicide, the researchers report May 13 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pharmacology - Health - 13.05.2019
Researchers identify faster, more effective drug combination regimens to treat tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is a potentially deadly though curable disease. Each year about 10 million people develop active cases, and 1.6 million people die. In addition, about 1.7 billion people around the world are infected with TB bacteria, which can lie dormant for weeks to years, then become active and cause disease in up to 10 percent of those who are infected.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.05.2019
Smart design could prevent drug resistance in new malaria treatments
Smart design could prevent drug resistance in new malaria treatments
Researchers have overcome malaria parasites' resistance to potential new drugs by studying how it evolves. In a paper published today in Cell Chemical Biology , scientists from the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College London studied malaria parasites resistant to a promising new class of candidate antimalarial drugs.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 08.05.2019
Knowledge for Growth 2019
5 Flemish universities reveal innovative state-of-the-art biotech research No less than 25 technologies in drug screening, therapy development, MedTech, digital health and AI will be showcased or pitched by the five Flemish universities at Europe's leading life sciences conference in Ghent.

Pharmacology - Chemistry - 07.05.2019
Scientists design better method to build molecules that could be drugs-in half the steps
Pharmaceutical chemists have a trick when they're designing a drug and want to make it easier for the body to take up without metabolic side effects: they might add a quaternary center-a carbon atom bonded to four other carbon atoms. The trouble is, such centers are often extremely hard to synthesize.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.05.2019
The science of cannabis and driving
The science of cannabis and driving
As medical cannabis becomes more readily available, it is imperative that any risks relating to driving are clarified via thorough research. The study, published in the journal  Psychopharmacology ,  and led by PhD student Thomas Arkell, compared the effects of standard THC-dominant cannabis, cannabis containing equivalent amounts of THC and CBD, and placebo cannabis on simulated driving and cognitive performance.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.05.2019
Clinical trial begins to test universal vaccine against canine cancer
David Vail, right, professor and oncologist at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, delivers the very first vaccine in the Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study to Trilly, a nine-year-old Gordon Setter, as she is held by veterinarian Kara Magee, left, and veterinary technician Rubi Hayem. Photo by Meghan Lepisto On Thursday, May 2, the very first dog received the very first vaccine intended to protect her from cancer.

Pharmacology - 03.05.2019
Wings for Life to boost spinal cord research
Wings for Life to boost spinal cord research
A world-wide competition will pit human against machine in a virtual high-tech car chase this weekend. The competition will raise money for spinal cord injury research - helping a University of Queensland researcher develop a new treatment. UQ School of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor Marc Ruitenberg is one of few Australians to receive a Wings for Life Foundation grant.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 02.05.2019
Single molecule puts sperm on track
Sperm start their sprint to the ovum when they detect changes in the environment through a series of calcium channels arranged like racing stripes on their tails. A team of Yale researchers have identified a key molecule that helps activate sperm and acts as a sort of cellular GPS system that guides them to the egg.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 30.04.2019
Offers insight into the proteins in the brain that detect cannabis
Offers insight into the proteins in the brain that detect cannabis
Researchers at the University of Bristol have made new progress in understanding how cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs), the proteins that detect the active components of marijuana, are controlled in the brain. The brain contains about 100 billion nerve cells that are constantly communicating with one another at specialised junctions called synapses.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.04.2019
Biomarker for chronic fatigue syndrome identified
Stanford scientists devised a blood-based test that accurately identified people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a new study reports. People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon have something they've been seeking for decades: scientific proof of their ailment.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 29.04.2019
Bio-based chemicals could help reduce fossil fuel use
Petrochemicals, the oiland gas-derived compounds that serve as the molecular backbones for much of modern commerce, commanded a $539.3 billion market value in 2018. Replacing just a few of those petroleum products with chemicals made from plants or microbes could put a substantial dent in the world's fossil fuel consumption.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.04.2019
More in-depth tumor analysis presents new therapeutic options for patients with advanced cancer
An international clinical trial, published , revealed that combining RNA and DNA profiling gives a far more precise indication of the active biological elements within a tumor, enabling clinicians to more accurately determine which targeted therapies could improve survival among patients with advanced cancer.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.04.2019
Finally, another effective drug for kids and teens with type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in children and teens, but treatment options for pediatric patients have remained more limited than those available to adults. In its first pediatric trial, a new drug - already used by type 2 diabetic adults - has proven effective for blood sugar control in children and teens with type 2 diabetes.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2019
Orthopedic injury therapy in rodents may soon be headed to the clinic
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a promising new cell therapy with potential to improve tissue healing after orthopedic injuries. The new cell therapy, recently described in the journal Stem Cells, accelerated the recovery of ruptured Achilles tendons in a rodent model, and may similarly aid other healing tissues, shortening the time until these structures regain functional strength.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2019
Individual nutrition shows benefits in hospital patients
Individual nutrition shows benefits in hospital patients
Individualized nutrition not only causes hospital patients to consume more protein and calories, but also improves clinical treatment outcomes. This has been demonstrated in a study by researchers from the University of Basel and Aarau Cantonal Hospital in the journal The Lancet. People who struggle to eat and drink properly following an illness are at risk of consuming too little protein and energy.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2019
Imperial launches world's first Centre for Psychedelics Research
Imperial launches world’s first Centre for Psychedelics Research
The first formal centre for psychedelic research in the world will launch at Imperial College London today. Funded by more than £3 million from five founding donors, the new Imperial Centre for Psychedelic Research will build on over a decade of pioneering work in this area carried out at Imperial, including a clinical trial that has kick-started global efforts to develop psilocybin therapy into a licensed treatment for depression.

Pharmacology - Health - 25.04.2019
Researchers in international drive to develop safer drugs
Medical researchers at the University of Nottingham and NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre are part of a major new international research project to improve the safety and regulation in the development of drugs. The team of experts in drug-induced liver injury will be members of the Translational Safety Biomarker Pipeline (TransBioLine) - a pioneering project which will generate data to support the development of novel safety biomarkers for five target organ systems (kidney, liver, pancreas, vascular and central nervous system) for use in drug development.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.04.2019
Simple and Fast Method for Radiolabelling Antibodies against Breast Cancer
Simple and Fast Method for Radiolabelling Antibodies against Breast Cancer
Radioactive antibodies that target cancer cells are used for medical diagnostics with PET imaging or for targeted radioimmunotherapy. Researchers from the University of Zurich have created a new method for radiolabelling antibodies using UV light. In less than 15 minutes, the proteins are ready-to-use for cancer imaging or therapy.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.04.2019
Identifies why some colds cause asthma attacks in children
Upper respiratory infections remain one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks in children, but not every cold leads to a dangerous worsening of symptoms, even among children with severe asthma. The reasons for this have mostly gone unanswered for decades, but a new study led by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health provides some insight on what differentiates a cold that leads to an asthma attack from a cold that remains a cold.
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