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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).

Texas letter carrier accused of delivering meth with mail

Waco - A Texas mail carrier was delivering more than just magazines and letters to locals along his route, according to charges filed by state authorities following a nearly year-long investigation.

Mexican military complains as troops face civilian trials

- On the frontlines of Mexico's drug war for years, the military is pushing back at attempts to put soldiers on trial for civilian charges as serious as murder.

Multiple Ebola drug trial planned

Washington - Due to the rising number of Ebola cases a clinical trial in the U.S. for Ebola drugs will be run in an unusual way: multiple drugs will be tested within the same trial.

Protesters try to storm Mexico's National Palace

- Protesters angry at the suspected massacre of 43 students tried to break into Mexico City's National Palace late Saturday while others torched several trucks in the south of the country.

Mexican students torch trucks after 43 feared killed

Chilpancingo - Protesters torched several trucks and tossed firebombs at a southern Mexico government building after authorities said gang hitmen confessed to slaughtering 43 students in a case that angered the nation.

Lack of access to Ebola frustrates scientists

Leading scientists have said that attempts to develop drug treatments for Ebola are being frustrated by restrictions imposed on access to the virus.

Mexico horrified by suspected massacre of 43 students

Apango - Mexico was confronted Saturday with possibly one of the grisliest massacres in years of drug violence after gang suspects confessed to incinerating the bodies of 43 missing students and dumping them in a river.

Global law enforcement strikes deep into 'Dark Web'

Den Haag - A global crackdown has shut down dozens of online "dark markets" selling illegal goods and services and masking their identities using the Tor encryption network, officials said Friday.

Mexico general fighting drug cartels shot dead

Monterrey - Gunmen killed a Mexican general sent by the government to tame violence in a northern state plagued by drug cartel crimes along the US border, authorities said.

First norovirus drug being trialed

An experimental drug is being trialed for Ebola may have a new application: norovirus (the “winter vomiting virus”). Scientists are currently undertaking studies on mice to test the drug’s effectiveness.

Colorado State University assists in Ebola drug development

Denver - Colorado State University’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMARC) has been awarded $2 million to aid in the development and manufacturing of an Ebola vaccine.

Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine found with bananas

Madrid - Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country's biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia.

Relax — marijuana doesn't lower IQ after all

Oxford - Despite several hyped headlines to the contrary, a large new study proves that marijuana use does not lower IQ in teens one bit.

Graphene helps with personalized medicine

Control over DNA is one of the steps toward personalized medicines. One means to achieve this is through graphene, where a positive charge applied to a graphene nanopore can accelerate DNA movement and a negative charge can stops DNA in its tracks.

Fruit flies can sniff out drugs and explosives

New research suggests that a fruit fly's enhanced sense of smell could potentially be used to sniff out bombs and drugs.

Some bodies in Mexico graves are not students: Governor

Iguala De La Independencia - Some of the bodies found in mass graves in southern Mexico do not correspond to any of the 43 students who went missing after an attack by gang-linked police, an official said Saturday.

Mexico arrests Juarez drug cartel leader

- Mexican police have captured suspected Juarez drug cartel leader Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, whose gang engaged in turf wars that have left thousands of people dead, authorities said Thursday.

Site of Mexico mass grave is 'land of the wicked'

A resident of the rugged streets and hills of a southern Mexican hamlet where a mass grave was found this weekend describes the area as the "land of the wicked.

UN urges Mexico to find 43 missing students

- The United Nations in Mexico urged authorities to conduct an "effective" search for 43 students who vanished after a deadly police shooting last week, calling it "one of the most terrible events of recent times.

UN urges Mexico government to find 43 missing students

- The United Nations in Mexico urged authorities Friday to conduct an "effective" search for 43 students who vanished after a deadly police shooting last week as fears mounted about their fate.

Relatives scour crime-plagued Mexico state for students

Iguala De La Independencia - Desperate relatives of 43 missing Mexican students knocked on doors of homes Wednesday, handing out pictures of the aspiring teachers who vanished after a deadly police shooting last weekend.

Merck buys Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

The German drug maker Merck has acquired the U.S.-based science supply company Sigma-Aldrich in a multi-billion-dollar deal. Merck has been growing its laboratory supply side and it has now become one of the biggest companies in the business.

FDA approves new Ebola drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given permission for an experimental short interfering RNA treatment against Ebola to be used in field.

Six Russians die, 36 in hospital after smoking designer drug

Moscow - Six Russians have died and dozens have been hospitalised after they smoked a legal synthetic drug in the far northern city of Surgut, prosecutors said Friday.
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