Tag: Drug

New drug could help treat neonatal seizures

A new drug that inhibits neonatal seizures in rodent models could open up new avenues for the treatment of epilepsy in human newborns. Researchers have identified that gluconate—a small organic compound found in fruit and honey—acts as an anticonvulsant, inhibiting seizures by targeting the activity of channels that control the flow of chloride ions in

Rheumatoid arthritis drug diminishes Zika birth defects in mice

In experiments with pregnant mice infected with the Zika virus, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have successfully used a long-standing immunosuppressive drug to diminish the rate of fetal deaths and birth defects in the mice’s offspring. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medicine, anakinra, once commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune

New drug could help those with tough-to-treat cholesterol

People whose high cholesterol is resistant to treatment with statin drugs may soon have a new treatment option. This new class of drugs helps block synthesis of artery-clogging cholesterol, researchers explained. The drugs target an enzyme called ATP citrate lyase (ACL), part of the production pathway for “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body. In the

Gonorrhoea: Drug resistance compromises recommended treatment in Europe

Gonorrhoea is the second most commonly notified sexually transmitted infection across the EU/EEA countries with almost 500 000 reported cases between 2007 and 2016. The infection is treatable but Neisseria gonorrhoeae keep showing high levels of azithromycin resistance according to latest results of the European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme. This antibiotic agent is part of

Cancer has a biological clock and this drug may keep it from ticking

A new drug shows potential to halt cancer cells’ growth by stunting the cells’ biological clock. The findings from scientists at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative BioMolecules (ITbM) advance a burgeoning area of research: turning the body’s circadian rhythms against cancer. Their study, conducted on human kidney

Catheter ablation superior to standard drug therapy for heart failure

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that catheter ablation was superior to conventional drug therapy alone for patients with atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Atrial fibrillation is associated with thromboembolic stroke, systemic embolism, and decompensated heart failure. Catheter ablation is an established therapeutic strategy for atrial

Experimental Alzheimer’s drug improves memory in mice

An experimental drug known as A03, which was previously developed to treat depression, increases the levels of the enzyme Sirtuin1, or SirT1, and improves memory in mice. The mice were genetically modified to have a protein called ApoE4, the most common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease in humans that has been linked to some

First FDA-Approved Cannabis Drug Now Available in U.S.

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — The first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now available by prescription nationwide. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved for use in patients age 2 years and older with two types of epileptic syndromes, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, CNN reported. The FDA approved

Benylin’s cough tablets slammed for containing the exact same drug

Benylin’s range of cough medicines all contain ‘IDENTICAL’ ingredients – despite being marketed differently The 46-year-old, AKA the MoneySavingExpert, took to Twitter on Thursday Warned customers not to believe that the £4.99 tablets offer ‘something extra’ Previously, Lewis urged people not to pay inflated price of branded medicines Benylin’s range of cough medicines have been

Viagra could make you colour blind!

Viagra could damage your eyes! Erection drug bought online leaves 31-year-old man with red-tinted vision (and doctors warn the damage is irreversible) The unnamed New York man took ‘much more’ than the recommended dose Doctors found his eyes were left physically damaged and couldn’t be healed The effects began shortly after the man took a

Regulators flag second potential carcinogen in China-made heart drug

The findings have already prompted recalls in more than 50 countries, affecting several Chinese and Indian companies.  (iStock) European and North American regulators have said they are examining a second potentially cancer-causing substance in a commonly-used blood pressure drug made by Chinese firm Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. Statements from health regulators in the EU, United States

Early-stage clinical trial of antimalarial drug begins

Enrollment has begun in a Phase 1 clinical trial to test the safety of a new investigational drug designed to treat malaria, as well as its effect on the human body. The first-in-human study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and

£19,000-a-year MS drug is ‘too expensive for the NHS’

Thousands will be denied £19,000-a-year drug for multiple sclerosis Thousands will be denied £19,000-a-year drug for multiple sclerosis which could keep them out of a wheelchair because it’s too expensive for the NHS Ocrelizumab is the first-ever drug to effectively treat primary progressive MS But NHS rationing watchdog NICE said £9,600 price rag did not