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

Remdesivir shows promise in ongoing COVID-19 clinical trial

In a clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of remdesivir, the antiviral drug shows promise in treating adults diagnosed with COVID-19.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~4 min

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

Hunt for COVID-19 treatment leads to Winter the llama

Winter the llama is an unlikely ally in the search for an effective COVID-19 treatment. The latest advance is a synthetic antibody.

Marc Airhart-Texas • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~9 min

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

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