Pharmacology
Promising drug compound for chronic itch identified

Promising drug compound for chronic itch identified

New York: Researchers have identified a new class of compounds with the potential to stop chronic itch without the adverse side effects normally associated with medicating the condition. more

Potential treatment for fatal lung diseases identified

Potential treatment for fatal lung diseases identified

Washington (IANS): Researchers including an Indian American have discovered that the drug triciribine may reverse or halt the progression of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, two fatal respiratory diseases. more

Rs 2,200 drug can treat hepatitis B patient

Rs 2,200 drug can treat hepatitis B patient

London (IANS): A drug for treating hepatitis B virus (HBV) could be mass-produced at a fraction of its current price — for only $36 (Rs 2,267) per person per year, versus the current US price of over $15,000 (Rs 944,775), say researchers from University of Liverpool in Britain. more

Are doctors getting incomplete information on drugs?

Are doctors getting incomplete information on drugs?

New Delhi: What is the first thing that a doctor expects from a drug advertisement while turning the pages of a medical journal that usually features endless drug promotions by more

Inhaled Ebola vaccine may offer long-term protection from virus

Inhaled Ebola vaccine may offer long-term protection from virus

Washington: A potentially breathable, respiratory vaccine in development has been shown to provide long-term protection for non-human primates against the deadly Ebola virus, as reported in the online edition of the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics. more

Research explains how gut microbes can inactivate cardiac drugs

Research explains how gut microbes can inactivate cardiac drugs

Washington: For decades, doctors have understood that microbes in the human gut can influence how certain drugs work in the body — by either activating or inactivating specific compounds — but questions have remained about exactly how the process works. Harvard scientists are now beginning to provide those answers. more

Technological breakthrough paves the way for better drugs

Technological breakthrough paves the way for better drugs

Stockholm: Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a method for directly measuring the extent to which drugs reach their targets in the cell. The method, which is described in the scientific journal Science, could make a significant contribution to the development of new, improved drug substances. more

Anti-ageing drug breakthrough

Anti-ageing drug breakthrough

Sydney: Drugs that combat ageing may be available within five years, following landmark work led by an Australian researcher. more

Indian Neem tree could play key role in death of cancer cells

Indian Neem tree could play key role in death of cancer cells

Washington: Scientists at the Georgia Regents University Cancer Centre have identified an Indian plant, used for centuries to treat inflammation, fever and malaria, that could help kill cancer cells. more

New drug puts malaria under the pump

New drug puts malaria under the pump

Sydney: Researchers have discovered how a new class of antimalarial drugs kills the malaria parasite, showing that the drugs block a pump at the parasite surface, causing it to fill with salt. more