Tag: drugs

Cancer drug delivery made more potent with microbubbles

January 12, 2021

University of Leeds research has shown how microbubbles deliver powerful cancer drugs can be guided to the site of a tumor using antibodies. Microbubbles are small manufactured spheres half the size of a red blood cell and scientists believe they can be used to transport drugs to highly specific locations within the body.   Lead researchers from the  School of Medicine, describe how they targeted […]

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Deadly heroin overdose cases in the US quadrupled from 2010 to 2015 –study

February 24, 2017

A federal agency in the US recently said that the number of cases of deadly heroin overdoses in the US more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015 as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), there were 12,989 overdose deaths involving heroin in […]

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WHO: Smoking costs the world over US$1 tn in healthcare, lost productivity

January 11, 2017

The tobacco industry and the impacts of its products is costing the world more than US$1 trillion annually in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, according to a new landmark global report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). “The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, […]

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Novartis invests in potential cardiovascular therapies from Ionis

January 9, 2017

Basel, Switzerland-based multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis International AG has entered into a collaboration and option agreement with Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its subsidiary Akcea Therapeutics Inc. to license two experimental cardiovascular treatments. The investigational antisense therapies – called AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx and AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx – from the US-based companies have the potential to significantly reduce cardiovascular risk in […]

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Dangerous to Buy Drugs Online

December 20, 2012

A report by Pfizer and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has revealed the huge number of people buying prescription drugs online. According to the report by pharmacists, 50% of customers are picking up drugs online and this is partly due to the huge number of websites coming up, offering such services to those which have access […]

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Daily aspirin cuts cancer risk

August 11, 2012

A daily dose of aspirin for over-60s can cut their risk of cancer by up to 40 per cent and may offer protection after just a few years, researchers claim. A study of more than 100,000 healthy people found that those who took a dose of aspirin every day were two fifths less likely to […]

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GE Healthcare Partners With China’s BGI For Stem Cell Drug Discovery

July 5, 2012

CHINA – GE Healthcare and BGI announced a pioneering multi-year research collaboration in stem cell science. The objective of the collaboration is to help advance the potential global utility of stem cell-derived assays for use in drug discovery and toxicity testing by exploring the underlying genetic variation between ethnically diverse human stem cell lines. The collaboration […]

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Takeda Unveils New Drug For Hypertension

June 4, 2012

JAPAN –  Takeda Pharmaceutical has launched its latest treatment for hypertension called Azilva, which is to be orally taken once-daily. Discovered by Takeda, azilsartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) that lowers blood pressure by blocking the action of angiotensin II, a vasopressor hormone. Azilva tablet is available in 20 mg and 40 mg. […]

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Thirty-six percent Of Malaria Drugs In Southeast Asia Are Fake

May 29, 2012

UNITED STATES – One-third of the malaria drugs sold across Southeast Asia are either poor quality or fake, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study published in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal. According to the authors, poor quality antimalarial drugs lead to drug resistance and inadequate treatment in vulnerable populations. They stress that the […]

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Mutated gene weakens cancer-fighting drugs

March 31, 2012

Researchers have discovered why some anti-cancer drugs become less effective. They have found a mutation in a gene that makes some cancer drugs less effective, as well as a solution to tackle this problem. Led by Assoc. Prof. Ong Sin Tiong of Duke-NUS graduate medical school, the team of researchers found that specific drugs to […]

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