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New vaccine delivery system eases transport to remote areas

March 9, 2020

Transporting vaccines to remote or developing regions comes with a host of problems, with solutions including keeping them in sugary gels, freeze-drying them so they can be stored at room temperature and putting them in a state of suspended animation. A new delivery method from scientists at University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), US, […]

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Drug repurposing could be a solution to the novel coronavirus, says Norwegian professor

March 4, 2020

There are about 89,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 3,000 people have died from the illness, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus following an outbreak in the central city of Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Lately, infection has been rampant in other countries like South Korea, Italy, Iran, and France; however, physicians and health […]

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Canadian researches show how experimental drug works in COVID-19 patients

March 2, 2020

A new study delves into how exactly an investigational antiviral drug, remdesivir, is being used as a treatment for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. The study was led by a team of academic and industry […]

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Newly-discovered immune treatment can kill most cancer cells; leaves healthy cells alone

January 24, 2020

There is an “unconventional method” in which the immune system can rid the body of cancer cells – scientists have found a specific immune cell receptor that can be harnessed to assess/eliminate a wide range of cancerous threats, such as those that lead to lung, breast, or skin cancer, among others. Professor Andrew Sewell of […]

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Universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses tested in mice

January 15, 2020

There is promise for a universal influenza vaccine as scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, US, have developed a breakthrough nanoparticle vaccine that has proven effective against at least six different strains of the influenza virus in mice. Influenza is a respiratory illness commonly spread through infection. The unique, double-layered […]

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Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo against lung cancer wins FDA approval

December 12, 2019

Swiss drugmaker Roche’s new immunotherapy solution, Tecentriq, has received the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval for use along with Celgene’s Abraxane and carboplatin chemotherapy to treat metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with no EGFR or ALK mutations. A recent study on Tecentriq showed the immuno-chemotherapy combo could extend patients’ lives by […]

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Novartis trials new drug that delays breast cancer progression

December 9, 2019

A breast cancer diagnosis is usually distressing to patients across all age groups, especially for the younger ones who have much of life to experience. In fact, advanced breast cancer (ABC) in pre-menopausal women is more aggressive– it is the leading cause of cancer death in women aged 20–59 years old. Pharmaceutical conglomerate Novartis has recognised […]

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Medicated rods designed to help with targeted gum disease treatment

December 2, 2019

Scientists from Germany’s Martin Luther University (MLU) have fashioned biodegradable rods to help patients with gum disease and tough-to-treat oral infection. The scientists, along with colleagues at the Fraunhofer research institutes, developed flexible polymer rods to be inserted the space that develops between a tooth and the inflamed gum tissue (gingival pocket) as these would […]

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New schizophrenia drug shows promise in US clinical testing

November 22, 2019

Acute psychosis in schizophrenic patients may soon be treated with a new drug, KarXT that has reported positive results from a placebo-controlled clinical trial. Karuna Therapeutics’ new drug combines xanomeline and trospium, new compounds designed to interact with muscarinic receptors across the body. Xanomeline was found to be very effective at treating psychosis associated with […]

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Neuromodulation therapy made easier with injectable electrodes

November 15, 2019

Implanted electrodes, for conditions that require nerve-stimulating treatment, are rigid, costly and usually involve surgery. However, a new “injectrode” (injectable electrode) solution could provide a much simpler, and cheaper, alternative to traditional implants. Biomedical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), a public research university in the US, designed a safe system composed of liquid […]

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