Tag: drug

Neuroscientists identify new drug target to reduce anxiety

March 16, 2022

A team from the University of Bristol’s School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, UK, have discovered a key pathway in the brain which leads to anxious and fearful behaviour such as “freezing.” Anxiety and certain psychological disorders, which affect an estimated 264-million people worldwide, are survival responses elicited by the periaqueductal grey (PAG) region of […]

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Inexpensive osteoporosis drug may protect against type 2 diabetes

September 29, 2021

New research has identified a link between low rates of type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis patients treated with a drug called alendronate. The research analysed health records from several hundred thousand diabetes patients in Denmark, comparing diabetes rates among those prescribed alendronate with those who were not. It was later revealed that patients who had […]

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Promising new therapy for NTRK fusion cancer

August 24, 2021

by John Battersby In the past the prognosis for patients with Neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) fusion cancer, was poor as the cancer did not respond well to most available therapies. But now a new class of drug, recently approved by the FDA and now available in more than 40 countries, is offering new hope […]

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Dual-drug therapy may be the answer to alcohol addiction

August 3, 2021

A drug and anti-drug therapy developed to treat alcohol use disorder (AUD) proved successful in a mouse trial and may even guide substance abuse treatment, so said researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The idea is that one potent drug acts on the part of the brain responsible for cravings and habitual […]

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Drug-laced collagen “dances” to reduce scarring

July 27, 2021

A relatively new drug has been shown to influence unusual behaviour in scar tissue formation, according to biomedical researchers at Virginia Tech’s College (VTC). Collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts – which make scar tissue less pliable – were observed to “dance” when treated with the drug molecule alphaCTI and behaved more like healthy, unwounded tissue. Apart […]

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Drug found to increase mouth salivation

May 3, 2021

Chronic mouth dryness caused by inflammation of the salivary glands is a condition that can negatively affect a person’s general health, the health of their teeth and gums, and their ability to taste, chew and swallow food. It can be caused by various medical conditions, treatment regimes and medications, or may simply occur as part […]

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Repurposed dietary supplement tackles schizophrenia in mice

April 25, 2021

Scientists at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have chanced upon a dietary supplement that appears to treat mice with a genetic mutation that causes schizophrenia. The drug known as betaine – originally intended to treat those with an inherited metabolic disease called homocystinuria – works by safeguarding the construction of the cellular skeleton of neurons […]

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Tomatoes offer natural alternative to Parkinson’s disease drug

February 3, 2021

UK scientists have demonstrated the use of tomatoes to compensate for the depleted supply of the neurochemical dopamine in Parkinson’s disease patients. Known as Levodopa or L-DOPA, the amino acid precursor has been the gold standard therapy for Parkinson’s disease since its establishment as a drug in 1967 and is an essential medicine declared by […]

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“Landmark” drug is first to work in primary progressive multiple sclerosis

December 23, 2016

A “landmark” drug that alters the human immune system to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) has been found to be the first drug shown to work in the primary progressive form of the disease in trials. The drug, called ocrelizumab, is being reviewed for use in the US and Europe. MS is caused by a rogue […]

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Free Drugs for All starting October

June 28, 2012

INDIA –  Starting October, medicines will be available free to everyone who needs them. The Indian government has received 100 crore rupees (1 billion rupees, or around US$17.5 million)  from the Planning Commission to finance the supply of free medicines for 2012-13. The government will fund 75% of the costs of the scheme, which are […]

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