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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.

Thailand sees apparent success treating virus with drug cocktail

Bangkok - A Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus showed a dramatic improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand's health ministry said Sunday.

WHO calls on big pharma to tackle antibiotic crisis

The World health Organization has called upon the major pharmaceutical firms to do more to tackle the global shortage of antimicrobial drugs, in the face of increases of multi-drug resistant microorganisms.

New AI partnership to develop cardiovascular medication

The artificial intelligence company Exscientia is to work with pharmaceutical multinational Bayer in order to apply machine learning for the development of a new generation of cardiovascular and cancer medication.

Why gene therapy is set to transform medicine

Advances in gene therapy offer the possibility to transform medicine. These types of medicines were given their first market approvals in 2017, and since then sector growth has accelerated.

Q&A: Collaboration turns nuclear bombs into medicine Special

Phoenix, a leading nuclear technology company, and SHINE Medical, a medical isotope production company, are turning nuclear bombs into medicine, used for medical imaging for Cancer and Heart Screenings.

Q&A: Tackling underrepresentation in clinical trials Special

Today’s clinical trial and research space faces a number of challenges, including limitations in data quality and trials that effectively address underserved populations, impacting the efficacy of drug benefits and treatments of complex diseases.

Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn

Paris - Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

Microbiologists 'colonize' Nottingham to discuss hot topics Special

Nottingham - Each November pharmaceutical microbiologists converge for the annual Pharmig conference to discuss medicinal safety and the latest developments in all-things microbiology. On day one of year's event pharmaceutical regulators outlined their expectations.

TB drug price slashed in global push to thwart killer disease

Hyderabad - A pharmaceutical multinational on Thursday slashed the price of a key anti-tuberculosis drug boosting the battle against the world's deadliest infectious disease, as a new treatment was also set to begin extensive testing.

AI-powered drug discovery in days, not years

A new study has found that artificial intelligence can drastically speed up drug discovery, from years to just days. This has significant implications for the discovery of new medicines for the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare sector.

Mystery of unique probiotic yeast solved with CRISPR

Microbiologists have found discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii produces high amounts of acetic acid. By locating the genetic basis for this, the researchers could cancel the acetic acid production to find its probiotic effect.

Review: Ashley Puckett shines on new refreshing country single 'Medicine' Special

Emerging country singer Ashley Puckett will be releasing her new single "Medicine" via the independent record label MTS Records.

3D-printed pills sample the gut microbiome to aid treatment

To explore the inner complexities of the human gut microbiome, researchers have developed a 3D-printed pill that can sample bacteria found in the gut. This is designed to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to a shifting microbiome.

Pharma going green? Making Tylenol from plant material

Researchers based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed at method to synthesize acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from a natural compound derived from plant material, reducing the reliance upon fossil fuels.

Global health procurement: Low-income countries pay too much

A sweeping study into global health procurement finds that some low-income countries are paying over twenty times more for generic drug products. Lifesaving medicines continue to remain out of reach for many of those who need them the most.

Fecal transplant deaths: Call for improved regulations

Following the death of one patient and another falling seriously ill, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for greater controls over fecal transplants. The patients became infected with a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection.

French doctor suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

Besan - A French doctor already under investigation for poisoning seven patients has been charged with poisoning 17 more people at a clinic in eastern France, one of his lawyers said.

French anaesthesiologist suspected in 17 more poisoning cases

Besan - A French doctor already charged in the poisoning of seven patients was brought before a judge Thursday on suspicions he may have poisoned 17 others at a clinic in eastern France, prosecutors said.

Party City closure of 45 stores unrelated to heliuum shortage

Helium is an essential chemical element used in MRI scanners, rocket fuel tanks, and floating party balloons. It’s also a finite natural resource, and a global shortage has made it harder to sell balloons at Party City, which is now closing 45 stores.

Handheld ultrasound scanners developed for rural Africa

To aid rural medicine in rural Africa, a new handheld ultrasound device has been developed. The device is portable, resembling a smartphone and could help to revolutionize medical diagnosis in remote areas.

Computer kidney provides safer tests for new medications

Waterloo - New research, from Canada, based on a computational model of the human kidney has been designed to permit the safe testing of medicines. The aim is to help fast-track the development of novel drug products.
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