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Health - Pharmacology - 10.02.2020
Common medication may lower risk of ’broken heart’ during bereavement
The increased risk of heart attack or "a broken heart" in early bereavement could be reduced by using common medication in a novel way, according to a study led by the University of Sydney and funded by Heart Research Australia. Lead Investigator Professor Geoffrey Tofler said while most people gradually adjust to the loss of a loved one, there is an increase in heart attack and death among bereaved people, particularly those grieving a spouse or child.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.02.2020
Researchers make coronavirus breakthrough
A team of health and medical experts at the University of Sydney and NSW Health, working around the clock, has grown the live virus to help diagnose and contain its spread. Health experts around the world will be able to contain the spread of novel coronavirus among the population faster, following a breakthrough by University of Sydney and government researchers.

Health - Pharmacology - 10.02.2020
Facebook postings by breast cancer patients initially surge, then decline over time
Transitions in breast cancer care are associated with significant increases in stress and anxiety, and this stress can negatively impact the mental and physical health of patients. Increasingly, patients are seeking support from friends and family through social media, including Facebook. A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health examined the posting behavior of breast cancer patients on Facebook and offers details on how - and possibly why - it changed over time.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 07.02.2020
U-M team targets muscular dystrophy in mice
U-M team targets muscular dystrophy in mice
A team led by University of Michigan researchers has found that using drug compounds to target specific molecules within muscle cells can ameliorate Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice. Those who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a genetic flaw that causes muscle membrane damage, preventing muscle cells from repairing themselves, according to recent research.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.02.2020
Treating depression important after stroke, but caution may be needed
Recognising and managing depression is an important part of post-stroke treatment, but some treatments should be used with caution until more is known about the risks, according to new evidence published in the Cochrane Library today.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 06.02.2020
Research could be step toward lab-grown eggs and sperm to treat infertility
A new study on how and when the precursors to eggs and sperm are formed during development could help pave the way for generating egg and sperm cells in the lab to treat infertility. The study, published in the journal Cell Reports, describes the way in which human stem cells evolve into germ cells, the precursors for egg and sperm cells.

Pharmacology - Health - 06.02.2020
New Understanding of Childhood Immune Systems May Improve Vaccine Efficacy
New Understanding of Childhood Immune Systems May Improve Vaccine Efficacy
In lowand middle-income countries, children have the greatest need for protection afforded by vaccination due to a higher incidence of infectious diseases. However, the vaccines for these children often show a lower efficacy when compared to similar populations in high-income settings. A new study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and partners from the Babraham Institute, ISGlobal and others published yesterday in Science Translational Medicine reveals that the immune system of children varies according to age, location and anaemia status.

Pharmacology - Health - 05.02.2020
Botanical drug is shown to help patients with head and neck cancers
FINDINGS In a UCLA-led phase I clinical trial, a new plant-based drug called APG-157 showed signs of helping patients fight oral and oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers are located in the head and the neck. APG-157 is made up of multiple compounds produced by plants, including curcumin. UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that treatment with this botanical drug resulted in high concentrations of curcumin and its byproducts circulating in the blood and absorbed by tumor tissues within three hours after being taken orally.

Health - Pharmacology - 05.02.2020
Using ’the language of cells’ to find new treatments for asthma, allergies
Yale researchers have discovered that microRNAs, small ribonucleic acids that drive communication between cells, present a new potential pathway for treating allergies and asthma. The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The scientists - led by Shervin Takyar, M.D. , associate professor and specialist in pulmonary disease at Yale - found that a specific microRNA known as miR-1 has a direct impact on allergic airway inflammation and that altering the levels of miR-1 can help relieve the symptoms of asthma and allergies.

Pharmacology - Health - 05.02.2020
Into how peace of mind can influence parents’ attitude to vaccines
Many people experience peace of mind from getting their children vaccinated, according to new research from the University of Bristol. However, this benefit is currently being ignored when health bodies weigh up vaccine benefits to make decisions about whether or not to introduce vaccines or expand their coverage.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 04.02.2020
First-of-its-kind hydrogel platform enables on-demand production of medicines and chemicals
First-of-its-kind hydrogel platform enables on-demand production of medicines and chemicals
A team of chemical engineers has developed a new way to produce medicines and chemicals and preserve them using portable "biofactories" embedded in water-based gels known as hydrogels. The approach could help people in remote villages or on military missions, where the absence of pharmacies, doctor's offices or even basic refrigeration makes it hard to access critical medicines and other small-molecule compounds.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2020
Researchers to investigate method of growing new blood vessels
Researchers to investigate method of growing new blood vessels
A heart attack is caused by a blockage of one or more coronary arteries of the heart, which prevents blood and oxygen reaching the heart muscle. Treatment for heart attacks include reopening the blocked coronary artery with stents or bypass surgery, though there are limitations with these treatments.

Pharmacology - Health - 04.02.2020
Hepatitis B: New therapeutic approach
Hepatitis B: New therapeutic approach
Therapeutic vaccination may help to cure chronic hepatitis B infection Researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) have developed a novel therapeutic approach to cure chronic hepatitis B. The scientists found that the large amount of hepatitis B virus proteins expressed in the liver prevents the body's immune system to defeat the virus.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2020
What can be done to combat the third leading cause of death worldwide?
Freie Universität Berlin participates in international research project to develop new therapies against antibiotic-resistant pathogens of pneumonia / Funded with 10 million euros from the European Union No 025/2020 from Feb 04, 2020 Scientists from eleven European research institutions, including the Institute of Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin, are jointly looking for new ways to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Health - Pharmacology - 04.02.2020
Positive outcome for Hendra antibody trial
A process developed by University of Queensland researchers to produce larger quantities of the Hendra virus therapeutic antibody could be expanded to manufacture treatments for other potentially deadly viruses around the world. Researchers at UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) used this process to produce material for Queensland Health's world-first human Hendra virus clinical trial.

Pharmacology - Health - 03.02.2020
Designing an emergency stop switch for immunotherapies
Designing an emergency stop switch for immunotherapies
CAR T-cell therapy is a highly promising treatment strategy for tumors, but is associated with life-threatening side effects. Researchers at EPFL, UNIL and CHUV have developed a new way to "switch off" the therapy when a cancer patient's life is in danger, paving the way for safer immunotherapy approaches to target solid tumors.

Pharmacology - Health - 31.01.2020
Researchers identify possible new combination treatment for advanced melanoma
FINDINGS A study by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests that using an immunotherapy drug called NKTR-214, also known as bempegaldesleukin, in combination with an infusion of anti-tumor immune cells, or T cells, may produce a stronger immune response that could help fight advanced melanoma.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.01.2020
MRI tool can diagnose difficult cases of ovarian cancer
MRI tool can diagnose difficult cases of ovarian cancer
Researchers have developed a new MRI tool that can identify cases of ovarian cancer which are difficult to diagnose using standard methods. The tool has produced encouraging results in a clinical study and its impact on management and outcomes of women with ovarian cancer will now be evaluated in a major trial at 18 hospitals in the UK, including Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.01.2020
Hospital rankings hold up
Hospital rankings hold up
Some basic metrics do effectively diagnose care quality, according to MIT economists. Given the complexities of health care, do basic statistics used to rank hospitals really work well? A study co-authored by MIT economists indicates that some fundamental metrics do, in fact, provide real insight about hospital quality.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.01.2020
Releasing artificially-infected mosquitoes could cut global dengue cases by 90%
Releasing artificially-infected mosquitoes could cut global dengue cases by 90%
Releasing mosquitoes infected with a type of bacteria that prevents them transmitting dengue could cut cases of the disease by as much as 90 per cent. This is the finding of a team of international scientists, led by Imperial College London , and including researchers from the University of California and University of Florida.
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