3D ‘map’ of oxytocin receptor could bring new drugs

Researchers have determined the 3D structure of the receptor that the hormone oxytocin binds to. The findings could aid drug development.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: hormones oxytocin drug-development health-and-medicine


Finch Therapeutics unleashes the power of the gut

The company is developing treatments that restore gut bacteria in people struggling with a range of diseases.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine bacteria startups microbes microbiology research drug-development school-of-engineering alumniae biological-engineering microboime

COVID-19 vaccine is showing promise in phase 1 trial

"These interim results are very encouraging," says Evan Anderson of a COVID-19 vaccine in a phase 1 clinical trial.

Quinn Eastmann-Emory • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 vaccines drug-development clinical-trials featured health-and-medicine immune-systems

Beautyberry compound aids antibiotic against MRSA

A compound from the American beautyberry boosts an antibiotic's activity against MRSA, research indicates.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: antibiotics plants drug-resistance drug-development featured health-and-medicine mrsa

A new anti-platelet drug shows potential for treating blood vessel clots in heart attacks, strokes and, possibly, COVID-19

Scientists have developed and tested a new anti-clotting drug in mice that shows promise for treating heart attacks and stroke. It may also prove useful for COVID-19.

Xiaoping Du, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Illinois at Chicago • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: stroke covid-19 coronavirus heart heart-attack sars-cov-2 drug-development blood-clot ischemic-heart-disease

Drug shows promise for fighting rare ALS

An experimental drug called tofersen that could help treat a rare kind of ALS is headed to a phase 3 trial.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: als drug-development proteins health-and-medicine medications nerves

‘Ultrafast’ insulin may be 4X speedier than the regular stuff

A new formula for ultrafast insulin could work in much less time than the current stuff, according to research with pigs.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes insulin materials-science polymers drug-development featured health-and-medicine

How cancer drugs find their targets

Certain cancer therapeutics concentrate within cells — a finding that could change the way scientists think about drug design.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: medicine cancer biology research drug-development school-of-science whitehead-institute koch-institute drug-delivery

Lab-made antibody might block coronavirus infection

A new synthetic antibody may prevent the coronavirus from causing infection by blocking attachment to a key enzyme. It shows promise in a study with mice.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 antibodies viruses drug-development infections health-and-medicine

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