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New understanding with anti-malarial drug resistance

London - Researchers have identified mutations associated with resistance to afrontline antimalarial drug called artemisinin. This is part of the fight back against anti-malarial drug resistance.

Thalidomide vicitims in Canada press further for justice Special

Toronto - Ninety-five of the victims from the Thalidomide scandal are alive and residing in Canada. They continue to push for justice and have spoken with Minister Ambrose. The Canadian government may soon agree to fund full support of the Thalidomide survivors.

Tackling cocaine addiction with bacteria-protein cocktail

In a new study, a modified bacterial protein is able to trigger a robust immune response against a cocaine-linked molecule in mice. The creators hope it will stop addicts from taking the drug.

Chemists 'unboil' eggs to prove how they can lower drug costs

Chemists from UC Irvine decided to unboil egg whites to demonstrate an innovation that could slash costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry.

Murders linked to organized crime fall: Mexico presidency

- Murders linked to organized crime dropped 33 percent in Mexico last year, official figures showed Friday, as the country struggles with a bloody drug war.

Spain seizes 11 tonnes of hashish in countrywide raid

Madrid - Spanish police said Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of hashish and detained 55 people across the country as part of an operation targeting a Moroccan drug trafficking ring.Police also seized two million euros ($2.

Abbott pleads for clemency over Australians executions

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has pleaded with Indonesian authorities to reconsider the imminent execution of convicted Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

New gang on the rise in troubled Mexico — Los Viagras

Apatzingan - A new armed group is on the rise in Mexico's violence-wracked Michoacan state. It's called Los Viagras, and its members say they are fighting for "social causes".

Swiss drugmaker Roche buys another U.S. company

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has bought a majority stake in Foundation Medicine, a firm that develops personalized cancer-medicine diagnostics.

Call for transparency with clinical trial data

The U.S. Institute of Medicine says results from human clinical trials ought to be made available to independent researchers within 18 months. This makes new drugs and their potential side-effects easier to evaluate.

AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says UN

Paris - A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where injecting drug users have lost access to therapy to wean them off heroin, the UN's AIDS envoy said Wednesday.

Australia pursues plea to spare drug smugglers on death row

Sydney - Canberra is pursuing efforts to save two convicted Australians from the firing squad in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Julia Bishop said Monday after Jakarta executed six drug offenders.

Fury as Indonesia executes foreigners by firing squad

Jakarta - Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury Sunday after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders.

Bali Nine executed, two Aussies praying for clemency

Two of the convicted Bali Nine narcotics smugglers facing possible execution shortly are now praying for a ­miracle, after Indonesia has just executed six inmates, jailed for the same offence.

Rousseff 'outraged' at Indonesian execution of Brazilian

- Brazil's president was "distressed and outraged" after Indonesia defied her repeated pleas and executed one of her countrymen convicted of drug trafficking, a spokesman said Saturday.

U.S. defense argues wrong man accused as Silk Road kingpin

New York - Defense lawyers for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind of online criminal enterprise Silk Road, sought to convince New York jurors that the wrong man was in the dock.

Ex-dictator Hoxha's nephew held in Albania drug bust

Tirana - The nephew of Albania's former dictator Enver Hoxha was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of running a cocaine laboratory.

New hepatitis drugs raise political pressure in Spain

Madrid - The arrival in Europe of better but pricier hepatitis C drugs has raised pressure on Spanish leaders over health spending cuts which sufferers say deprive them of life-saving treatments.

Accused Silk Road drug baron goes on trial in NY

New York - The accused US mastermind of an underground criminal website that distributed narcotics, hacking services and forged documents to more than 100,000 people all over the world goes on trial Tuesday.

Jackie Chan's son gets 6 months for China drugs offence: court

Bejing - The son of kung fu star Jackie Chan admitted drugs offences on Friday and was sentenced to six months in prison, a Beijing court said.

Australian on death row in Indonesia loses final appeal

Denpasar - An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Indonesia has lost a bid for presidential clemency, his final chance to avoid execution, a court official said Thursday.

Can existing medications treat Ebola?

Can currently available drugs be used to help treat Ebola? This is an area which has attracted considerable research interest. Finding the right drug is certainly cheaper than inventing alternatives.

Mexican vigilante leader, 26 others arrested over shootout

Morelia - The leader of one of Mexico's first anti-crime vigilante groups was arrested along with 26 supporters over a shootout that killed his son and 10 others, authorities said.

Anti-HIV drug falters

Scientists have reported that compounds that they hoped would "wake up" dormant reservoirs of HIV inside immune system T cells, allowing them to be destroyed by targeted medications, have not been successful.

Powdered caffeine presents a serious risk

An investigation into the death of high school senior has highlighted the dangers of students taking powdered caffeine as a study or workout stimulant.

Typical drug development costs $2.6 billion

How much does it cost to produce a pharmaceutical product these days? According to a new study, the typical cost has rocketed to $2.6 billion. The $ figure is up from an estimated price tag of $1 billion from an analysis published in 2003.

Six killed in Mexican police raid

Veracruz - Mexican police shot and killed six people during a raid in a state wracked by drug cartel violence, an official said.Another seven people were arrested and two kidnapped people were freed in the operation in Veracruz.

Amsterdam to sell heroin test kits after tourist deaths

Den Haag - Street teams and "smart shops" in Amsterdam will on Friday start selling heroin test kits after three young British tourists died snorting a drug they thought was cocaine, Dutch media said.

India probe uncovers shared needles, poor hygiene after sterilisation deaths

New Delhi - An independent investigation into the death of 13 women in India after mass sterilisation surgeries found the doctor and his staff used the same needles for all the procedures and never changed their gloves.

Six charged over $1.28 billion drug bust in Australia

Sydney - Six men have been charged over what Australian police said on Saturday was one of the largest drug busts in the country's history, worth up to Aus$1.5 billion (US$1.28 billion).
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