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Health - Pharmacology - 18.02.2020
Could statins lower the risk of ovarian cancer?
In the UK, ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in females*. A new study has found evidence to suggest that statins could lower the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. Some previous observational epidemiological studies have suggested a link between statin use, a commonly prescribed medicine to reduce cholesterol, and a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.02.2020
Lung transplant survivor beats the odds through ground breaking treatment
Double-lung transplant survivor Jordan Trieger has defied all odds - beating a deadly bacterial infection with the help of The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) and researchers from The University of Queensland. Thirty-three year old Jordan, who has cystic fibrosis, suffered a life-threatening bacterial infection after undergoing a lung transplant at TPCH, Queensland's centre for lung transplantation.

Pharmacology - Philosophy - 17.02.2020
The ’nocebo’ effect: how informed consent can cause unnecessary harm in trials
Research published today in the  Journal of Medical Ethics  found that the way informed consent is currently taken causes unnecessary 'nocebo' harms. The requirement of informed consent means that it is an ethical requirement to warn patients about risks of taking part in clinical trials. But recent research shows that the way in which patients are told about these risks can actually cause harm.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.02.2020
Bile duct cancer treatment potential boost from tailored medication - study
Treatment of patients suffering from bile duct cancer could be improved by tailoring medication to the levels of a key protein in people with the disease, according to new research. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a deadly disease with few treatments, but researchers in the UK and Thailand have discovered that the PRH/HHEX protein is a key driver in the disease, with increased levels affecting the response of cancer cells to therapeutic drugs.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.02.2020
Insufficient evidence backing herbal medicines for weight loss
Researchers from the University of Sydney have conducted the first global review of herbal medicines for weight loss in 19 years, finding insufficient evidence to recommend any current treatments. The growth in the industry and popularity of these products highlights the importance of conducting more robust studies on the effectiveness and safety of these supplements for weight loss Senior author Dr Nick Fuller said with overweight and obesity rates reaching epidemic proportions worldwide, many people are turning to herbal supplements as an alternative approach to maintain or lose weight.

Health - Pharmacology - 17.02.2020
Immunity key to motor neurone disease treatment
Customised immune-blocking medication may be the key to treating patients with motor neurone disease (MND), which currently has no cure and limited therapeutic options. University of Queensland researchers have tested immune cells that circulate in the blood to determine if they're linked with specific characteristics and features of MND.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.02.2020
Brain-wave pattern can identify people likely to respond to antidepressant
See us on twitter See us on youtube See us on linkedin See us on instagram Researchers used electroencephalography and artificial intelligence to identify individuals who would likely respond to sertraline, the antidepressant marketed as Zoloft. A new method of interpreting brain activity could potentially be used in clinics to help determine the best treatment options for depression, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.02.2020
Cough syrup drug being trialled as Parkinson’s treatment
After finding that a drug found in cough syrups may have use as a treatment for Parkinson's disease, UCL researchers have received funding for the next stage in clinical trials. Ambroxol, a medication originally designed to clear phlegm and ease coughing for people with respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, is being tested to see if it can slow down the progression of Parkinson's disease by keeping cells healthier for longer.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.02.2020
AI helps predict heart attacks and stroke
Artificial intelligence has been used for the first time to instantly and accurately measure blood flow, in a study led by UCL and Barts Health NHS Trust. The results were found to be able to predict chances of death, heart attack and stroke, and can be used by doctors to help recommend treatments which could improve a patient's blood flow.

Physics - Pharmacology - 14.02.2020
X-Ray Technology Sheds New Light on Antibiotic Synthesis
X-Ray Technology Sheds New Light on Antibiotic Synthesis
Atomic-scale structural analyses performed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) are helping scientists understand the inner workings of the enzyme "assembly lines" that microbes use to produce an important class of compounds, many of which have uses as antibiotics, antifungals, and immunosuppressants.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.02.2020
Vitamin E effective, safe for fatty liver in HIV patients
Channels McGill University News and Events By Gillian Woodford A type of fatty liver disease that commonly affects patients with HIV can be safely treated with vitamin E, a McGill-led study has found. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and is characterized by liver inflammation and cell damage.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.02.2020
Kisspeptin hormone injection can boost brain activity associated with attraction
The hormone kisspeptin can enhance brain activity associated with attraction, according to a new study. The researchers behind the early-stage work, published in JCI Insight , are exploring whether kisspeptin can ultimately be used to treat men with common psychosexual disorders - sexual problems which are psychological in origin such as low libido.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.02.2020
Scientists closer to finding the cell of origin for ovarian cancer
Researchers have used a new technique to identify six previously unknown cell types in human Fallopian tubes, paving the way for faster identification and treatment of ovarian cancer. Researchers at the University of Oxford are now closer to finding the cell of origin of ovarian cancer, and their ultimate aim of developing a much needed screening tool for ovarian cancer.  Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in women, with around 7,500 new cases diagnosed in the UK each year (1).

Health - Pharmacology - 13.02.2020
Much shorter radiation treatment found to be safe, effective for people with soft tissue sarcoma
A new study led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that treating soft tissue sarcoma with radiation over a significantly shorter period of time is safe, and likely just as effective, as a much longer conventional course of treatment. Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer of the soft tissues (for example, muscle, nerves, fat, or fibrous tissue) or bone, affects about 13,000 people of all ages in the United States each year.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.02.2020
Second antibiotic no advantage for treating super-bug Golden Staph
A world-first clinical trial has called into question the effectiveness of using more than one antibiotic to treat the deadly 'super-bug', Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia, commonly known as Golden Staph. Researchers from The University of Queensland, in collaboration with global counterparts, have found using two antibiotics to treat MRSA infection provides no advantage over using a single antibiotic.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 11.02.2020
Team to expand frontiers of multicomponent reaction-based molecular synthesis
The experts create a main principle by which the polarity change of a reactive in a multicomponent process unchains domino reactions. Multicomponent reactions eased the developmenMulticomponent reactions eased the development of new molecules of pharmaceutical and biomedical interest. 03/11/2020 Recerca The synthesis of complex molecules such as drugs, requires a process that sometimes involves several phases that increase its cost and harden the access to the product.

Health - Pharmacology - 11.02.2020
Researchers develop an epigenetic clock that predicts the clinical evolution of patients with cancer
Recerca A research team from IDIBAPS-Hospital Clínic and the University of Barcelona has led an international study to develop an epigenetic clock that can trace how much the cancer cells have multiplied in the past. Thanks to this clock, they can predict the future growth of the tumour and clinical evolution of patients, so they could define treatment strategies according to the biological risk of the tumour.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.02.2020
High-tech pump may increase risk of death and bleeding
A new national study finds that use of the Impella circulatory support device is associated with higher rates of death and major bleeding than a common alternative, especially among patients with acute myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock who are implanted with mechanical circulatory support devices.

Pharmacology - Health - 10.02.2020
Personalized cancer vaccines
Personalized cancer vaccines
The only therapeutic cancer vaccine available on the market has so far showed very limited efficacy in clinical trials. EPFL researchers are currently working on an alternative. They have developed a platform that allows a cancer vaccine to be delivered to a precise location and stimulate the immune system in a safe way - thereby overcoming one of the two obstacles to creating an effective vaccine.

Pharmacology - Health - 10.02.2020
VIB works on antiviral drug aimed to halt coronavirus outbreak
The lab of professor Xavier Saelens (VIB-Ghent University) is quickly mobilizing to try to find a treatment for the viral infection caused by the corona virus. Since the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak was reported by China in December 2019, the number of confirmed cases of the virus is increasing rapidly, with cases now reported in 28 countries.
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