Lettuce offers a potential drug for healing broken bones

People with diabetes have a higher risk of broken bones, and may need longer to heal. A drug grown on lettuce could speed things up.

Katherine Unger Baillie-Penn | Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bones diabetes drug-development plants proteins

Hydrogel ‘biofactories’ could make meds in remote places

Embedded "biofactories" in hydrogel could give people in remote places a portable way to produce hard-to-get medicines.

U. Washington | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine 3d-printing drug-development hydrogels materials-science polymers

Indian cobra genome could lead to better anti-venom

"For the first time, we now have a full list of venom-relevant toxin genes of the Indian cobra." The genome sequencing could lead to new anti-venom.

National University of Singapore | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology drug-development genomes snakes venom

Supercharged protein ‘factories’ could cut drug production costs

New research could help boost production of proteins for medical applications, food, agriculture, and other industries.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bacteria drug-development proteins

MDMA’s social and addictive effects aren’t the same

"We've figured out how MDMA promotes social interaction and showed that's distinct from how it generates abuse potential among its users."

Bruce Goldman-Stanford | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains dopamine drug-development drugs mdma serotonin social-lives

New drug target may halt tough prostate cancer tumor growth

Certain prostate cancer cells become resistant to treatment and turn lethal, but a new discovery could offer a new target to stop their spread.

Sarah Avery-Duke | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine cancer drug-development prostate-cancer

Tests suggest potential therapy for a childhood leukemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia primarily affects children and is often incurable. New research points to a potential targeted therapy.

Kurt Bodenmueller-U. Zurich | Nov. 26, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer childrens-health drug-development leukemia

Antiviral drug really works at fighting flu virus

A new antiviral drug could offer a groundbreaking advance in fighting influenza.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-development immune-systems influenza viruses

Inhaled drug for preemies cuts pneumonia risk in mice

A drug to protect the lungs of premature babies from pneumonia fell flat before. New research with mice suggests it just needs to go up the nose.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Oct. 16, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine babies drug-delivery drug-development lungs pneumonia premature-babies

2-part cancer drug works without kidney side effects

A new drug could be an effective alternative to cisplatin, a popular anti-cancer drug that also causes kidney issues.

National University of Singapore | Oct. 4, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cancer chemotherapy drug-development mitochondria

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