AI tool could predict how drugs will react in the body

Metabolic Translator, a new deep-learning tool, may offer a way to see how drugs in development will work in the body, not just the lab.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning research drug-development health-and-medicine medications

Potential drug could ‘jam’ hand, foot, and mouth disease

Targeting RNA with small molecules could pave the way for new antivirals, in particular a drug for hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: rna viruses drug-development health-and-medicine

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

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

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

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

Could an early antiviral block COVID-19 transmission?

New research on influenza suggests that "the right early-stage antiviral treatment can block transmission to others and, in the long run, may well save more lives."

UT Austin • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: influenza covid-19 viruses drug-development health-and-medicine medications

Antibody from SARS patient blocks coronavirus in lab

The antibody S309, first identified in a blood sample from a recovered SARS patient, inhibits the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, researchers report.

Leila Gray-UW • futurity
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

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

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