Curcumin nanosystems could be powerful COVID-19 therapeutics

With new variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerging, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is far from over. While the global vaccine rollout has moved at an impressive speed, the search for new safe, effective, and targeted therapies is still on. Now, a new study in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy reviews the potential for curcumin, a natural […]

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Anti-diabetic drug metformin inhibits disease progression in Alport syndrome mouse model

Researchers from Kumamoto University (Japan) have found that the anti-diabetic drug metformin significantly prolongs the survival of mice in a model that simulates the pathology of non-diabetic chronic kidney disease (ND-CKD) by ameliorating pathological conditions like reduced kidney function, glomerular damage, inflammation and fibrosis. Metformin's mechanism is different from existing therapeutics which only treat symptoms, such as the blood pressure […]

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Cancer patients treated with immunotherapy at high risk of developing thrombotic complications

In a study recently published in the leading journal "Blood", Florian Moik and Cihan Ay from the Division of Hematology and Hemastasology of the Department of Medicine I of MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital, working in collaboration with the Division of Oncology, the Department of Dermatology and the dispensary of Vienna General Hospital, provided preliminary data on the incidence, risk factors […]

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New covalent and non-covalent SARS-CoV-2 inhibitors discovered in silico

With the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), it came to light that there were no specific and highly effective preventive or therapeutic agents against this virus. The result has been an enormous amount of studies reporting the efficacy or otherwise of novel drug candidates or repurposed drugs […]

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Pill testing won’t give people a ‘green light’ to use drugs

New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found pill-testing services at Western Australian music festivals would not change people’s intention to take ecstasy if they had not used the drug before, a common argument used by opponents of pill testing. The study also found people who planned to take ecstasy at the festival reported they would not consume more […]

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Researchers explore early stages of ribosome formation to identify new targets for antibiotics

Ribosome formation is viewed as a promising potential target for new antibacterial agents. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have gained new insights into this multifaceted process. The formation of ribosomal components involves multiple helper proteins which, much like instruments in an orchestra, interact in a coordinated way. One of these helper proteins – protein ObgE – acts as the […]

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Scientists discover two unique subtypes of a prominent mutation in patients with AML

Using advanced RNA sequencing, scientists have identified two unique subtypes of a prominent mutation present in many patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – called NPM1 – that could help predict survival and improve treatment response for patients whose leukemic cells bear the mutation. In research published Feb. 16, in Nature Communications, a team led by Princess Margaret Cancer Centre […]

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Study explains why antipsychotic medications lead to weight gain, promote metabolic syndrome

Why do patients who receive antipsychotic medications to manage schizophrenia and bipolar disorder quickly gain weight and develop prediabetes and hyperinsulemia? The question remained a mystery for decades, but in a paper published today in Translational Psychiatry, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine finally cracked the enigma. Antipsychotic drugs, scientists showed, not only block dopamine signaling in […]

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Tailor-made drugs to treat epilepsy or cardiovascular diseases

In order for a drug to be effective at the right places in the body, it helps if scientists can predict as accurately as possible how the molecules of that drug will interact with human cells. In a joint research project, scientists from Collaborative Research Centre 1423 at Leipzig University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai have succeeded […]

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New combination treatment approach improves overall survival in mice with glioblastoma

Findings In a study of mice, researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a new approach that combines an anti-psychotic drug, a statin used to lower high cholesterol levels, and radiation to improve the overall survival in mice with glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is one of the deadliest and most difficult-to-treat brain tumors. Researchers found the triple combination extended […]

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