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Pharmacology News
October 29, 2020

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34% of Older Adults in the US Are Prescribed Potentially Inappropriate Drugs

The prescription of potentially inappropriate medications to older adults is linked to increased hospitalizations, and it costs patients, on average, ...

Drinking Green Tea and Coffee Daily Linked to Lower Death Risk in People With Diabetes

Drinking plenty of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying from any cause among people with type 2 diabetes, suggests new ...

Steroid Inhalers/pills for Asthma Linked to Heightened Risk of Brittle Bones and Fractures

Taking steroid inhalers or tablets to treat asthma or control flare-ups is linked to a heightened risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis) and increased ...

Neuropilin-1 Drives SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity, Finds Breakthrough Study

Researchers have potentially identified what makes SARS-CoV-2 highly infectious and able to spread rapidly in human cells. The findings describe how the virus's ability to infect human cells can be ...
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Paracetamol Poisonings Up

In 2003, the painkiller paracetamol became available in Switzerland in tablets with a higher dose of the active ingredient. This correlates with an increase in cases of paracetamol poisoning in the ...

COVID-19: Dexamethasone Discovery Carries Treatment Implications

A new finding about dexamethasone suggests diabetes and other factors may reduce its potentially lifesaving effectiveness for patients with severe ...

Gut Hormone Blocks Brain Cell Formation and Is Linked to Parkinson's Dementia

A gut hormone, ghrelin, is a key regulator of new nerve cells in the adult brain, a research team has discovered. It could help pave the way for new drugs to treat dementia in patients with ...

Tocilizumab Does Not Improve Symptoms or Prevent Death in Moderately Ill Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19, Study Finds

A new study finds that the drug tocilizumab (Actemra) does not reduce the need for breathing assistance with mechanical ventilation or prevent death in moderately ill hospitalized patients with ...

Hidden States of the COVID-19 Spike Protein

Computer modeling of the COVID-19 virus on supercomputers showed that the spike protein visits an intermediate state before it can dock to the receptor protein on the host cell membrane. This ...

New Approach to Fighting Cancer Could Reduce Costs and Side Effects

Researchers have developed a novel approach based on microfluidic technology to 'purify' the immune cells of patients in the fight against ...

A Promising New Tool in the Fight Against Melanoma

A new study has revealed that a key blood marker of cancer could be used to select the most effective treatment for ...

Restoration of Retinal and Visual Function Following Gene Therapy

A breakthrough study results in the restoration of retinal and visual functions of mice models suffering from inherited retinal ...

Immune Activation in the Liver Illuminated With New Glycan-Tagging Strategy

A signaling system implicated in liver fibrosis and immune activation is better understood thanks to this creative chemical fishing ...

Children With Autism, ADHD Have More Doctor and Hospital Visits During Infancy

Children who are later diagnosed with autism and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder visit doctors and hospitals more often in their first year of life than non-affected children, suggesting ...

Viral 'Molecular Scissor' Is Next COVID-19 Drug Target

Inhibiting the SARS-CoV-2-PLpro enzyme is a novel avenue to explore in rational design of COVID-19 drugs, according to new ...

New Research Comparing HIV Medications Set to Change International Recommendations

A new study is set to change international treatment recommendations for people who are newly diagnosed with HIV -- an update that could affect nearly two million people per year ...

Fats Fighting Back Against Bacteria

With antibiotic-resistant superbugs on the rise, this research shows a new way that cells are using to protect themselves - using fats as a covert weapon, and giving us new insights into alternative ...

Existing Medications May Fight Coronavirus Infection

Researchers have identified three existing drugs with the potential to clear SARS-CoV-2 ...

Calcium Bursts Kill Drug-Resistant Tumor Cells

Multidrug resistance (MDR) -- a process in which tumors become resistant to multiple medicines -- is the main cause of failure of cancer chemotherapy. Tumor cells often acquire MDR by boosting their ...

Investigational ALS Drug Prolongs Patient Survival in Clinical Trial

An experimental medication that was recently shown to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has now demonstrated the potential to also prolong patient survival. The findings come from ...

Most Effective Drugs for Common Type of Neuropathic Pain

More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer neuropathic pain. At least 25% of those cases are classified as unexplained and considered cryptogenic sensory polyneuropathy (CSPN). There is no ...

Inexpensive and Rapid Testing of Drugs for Resistant Infections Possible

A rapid and simple method for testing the efficacy of antibacterial drugs on infectious microbes has been developed and ...

Machine Learning Uncovers Potential New TB Drugs

Using a machine-learning approach that incorporates uncertainty, researchers identified several promising compounds that target a protein required for the survival of the bacteria that cause ...

Repurposing Drugs for a Pan-Coronavirus Treatment

A new study identifies drug targets common to all three coronaviruses (SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV-1, and MERS-CoV) and potential drugs that could be repurposed as COVID-19 treatments. Researchers suggest ...

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