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Dialing down a rampaging immune system with newborn stem cells

One of the most puzzling observations made in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic was that the organs of severe COVID-19 patients — such as the lungs, kidneys, heart and brain — were being damaged just when they started showing signs of recover

Electromagnetic fields could treat diabetes

A proof-of-concept study has demonstrated how electromagnetic fields can be harnessed to treat diabetes. The research to date is based on animal models.

Using AI to drive home drug development

Drug development is partially dependent upon biomedical data. Such data is invariably overly complex, and there are complex interactions between hundreds of biological entities. To make sense of this, AI is required.

Olivia Newton-John establishes Olivia Newton-John Foundation

Dame Olivia Newton-John announced that her Olivia Newton-John Foundation (ONJ Foundation) is funding research for cancer with a focus in plant medicine. Digital Journal has the scoop.

US-British trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for Hepatitis C discovery

Stockholm - Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice together with Briton Michael Houghton won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, paving the way for a cure, the Nobel jury said.

US-British trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for Hepatitis C discovery

Stockholm - Americans Harvey Alter and Charles Rice together with Briton Michael Houghton won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel jury said.

2020 Nobel season opens with medicine prize

Stockholm - Breakthroughs in the field of health will be honoured Monday when the 2020 Nobel season kicks off with the medicine prize, as the world battles the worst pandemic in a century.

New guidance to ensure medicine label claims are genuine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released new guidance concerning drug labeling. This is an important area to crack down on, as misleading claims can lead to patient harm.

Many with genital herpes make the wrong health decisions Special

A recent survey conducted by TOP Global revealed 48 percent of Americans with genital herpes say they made all of the wrong decisions when seeking treatment for their first outbreak. Caroline Goodner looks at three myths relating to the condition.

Op-Ed: Why Trump's overruling of the FDA over COVID-19 therapy is risky

Donald Trump has issued an order overriding scientific and medical advice to make convalescent plasma therapy available across the U.S. What is this treatment and what are the concerns with the President's proclamation?

3D printing is leading to novel, personalized medicines

3D printing is making strides across healthcare and pharmaceuticals, where once labor-intensive procedures are being accelerated, and with greater accuracy. One area of development is with personalized medicines.

Current medications can block coronavirus replication in the lab

Scientists are undertaking a review of existing medicines to determine which ones might have sufficient anti-viral activity. This forms part of an area of scientific inquiry where medicines are 'repurposed'.

Q&A: How AI accelerates Rx drug development data Special

Applications of AI and ML in healthcare will grow to nearly $8 billion by 2022. It follows that half of global life science professionals say they are either using or interested in using AI in their research. There are challenges driving AI adoption.

Downsides of telehealth could limit further growth

The use of telehealth has risen during the COVID-19 crisis and this adds to the provision of services and those who champion this form of healthcare (such as boosting schedule adherence). However, there remain issues that need to be addressed.

Why hospitals won’t embrace telehealth post-COVID-19 Special

In the wake of COVID-19, telehealth saw a massive surge as physicians and patients alike looked for alternatives to the traditional face-to-face doctor’s visit. But will this trajectory continue post-COVID?

Lives at risk as trafficking in faulty masks, other gear surges: UN

Vienna - Lives are at risk as the new coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in the trafficking of substandard masks, sanitisers and other medical products, the UN warned Wednesday.

U.S. FDA issues guidance for drug manufacturers during COVID-19

One area where additional measures are needed in the time of the coronavirus pandemic is with the manufacture of medicinal products. The U.S. FDA has issued some new guidance, calling for special risk assessments to be put in place.

New Alliance Network for cell and gene therapies Special

Biotech group Vineti has announced a new initiative called the new Vineti Alliance Network. This is designed to deliver integrated solutions to clinical and commercial advanced therapy manufacturers.

Wildlife activists welcome China's new pangolin protections

Bejing - Wildlife activists on Wednesday welcomed China's decision to remove pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, as Beijing steps up protection of the heavily-trafficked endangered mammal.

China removes pangolin from traditional medicine list

Bejing - China has removed pangolin parts from its official list of traditional medicines, state media reported Tuesday, days after increasing legal protections on the endangered animal.

Medicine shortage looms over coronavirus-hit Europe

Den Haag - While the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, medicines used to deal with the symptoms of the disease are increasingly in critically short supply in Europe, the worst-hit continent.

Activists slam China's use of bear bile in virus treatment

Beijing - China has approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fears it could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed for the emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe.

Japan's Fujifilm starts Avigan trial to treat coronavirus

Apo - Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China.

NGOs press drug firm Gilead over potential virus treatment

Geneva - More than 150 organisations and individuals on Monday urged US biotechnology firm Gilead not to enforce exclusivity over a drug that might be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

Q&A:Transforming genetic medicine as the medical standard of care Special

Can genetic medicine become the medical standard of care? Scientific developments are heading this way. One example is a new machine learning platform from the biotechnology firm Emedgene. The company's founder explains the technology.

New medicine to target brain-eating amoebae

The first-ever drug product to combat a brain eating amoebae has been developed. The amoebae can trigger dangerous types of encephalitis, and this comes with a very high mortality rate.

Study: By cycling to work you may live longer

Research from New Zealand, looking into physical activity, finds that people who cycle to work tend to have a longer life expectancy compared with those who elect to take trains or drive to work.

Q&A: Killing cancer first in a lab may replace generic treatment Special

Functional profiling is a laboratory technique pioneered by Dr. Nagourney, founder of Nagourney Cancer Institute, that measures how cancer cells respond when they are exposed to drugs and drug combinations. Dr. Nagourney outlines the approach.

Big growth projected in biosimilars drug market

Over the course of just five years, the global market in biosimilar medicines has risen to over $5 billion. Biosimilars are complex drugs identical to a branded one, but manufactured by a different company.

Essential Science: How AI is advancing medical science

Artificial intelligence is becoming more commonplace in medicine, helping to advance drug development and with aiding specialists with deciphering medical images. This week’s ‘Essential Science’ looks at key developments.
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