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Immunotherapy drug delays recurrence in kidney cancer patients

Treatment with an immunotherapy drug following kidney cancer surgery, prolonged disease-free survival rates in patients at high risk for recurrence, according to an interim report of a phase 3 clinical trial of adjuvant immunotherapy in this patient population. Patients who were treated for nearly a year with pembrolizumab experienced a longer delay before the disease […]

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EU drug agency starts COVID jab evaluation for 12 to 15-year olds

Europe’s medicines watchdog said Monday it had begun evaluating the use of Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, after a similar request in the United States. Its possible authorisation for children is seen as a crucial step towards achieving herd immunity. The European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee “will carry out an accelerated […]

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Most Patients Labeled Penicillin-Allergic Really Aren’t

Most people whose medical record says they are allergic to penicillin are not actually intolerant, an allergist said Thursday during the first day of sessions for the American College of Physicians (ACP) Internal Medicine Meeting 2021. Dr Olajumoke Fadugba The mislabeling has implications for patient outcomes and efforts to fight antibiotic resistance, said Olajumoke Fadugba, […]

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Drug derived from Kentucky-grown plant shows promise for ovarian cancer treatment

A new study from University of Kentucky Markey Cancer researchers shows that Artemisia annua, a plant that has been traditionally used for its anti-malaria components, shows promise in treating ovarian cancer. The study, recently published in Diagnostics, demonstrates that artesunate, a drug synthesized from Artemisia annua, kills ovarian cancer cells in multiple preclinical model systems. […]

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Protein based biomarker identifies chemo drug sensitivity

Cancer is one of the world’s second deadliest disease which contributes to the death of over 10 million people per year. Oncologists adopt a variety of treatment procedures to treat cancer cells. Among the different methods used to fight cancer, chemotherapeutic treatment is a prominent and well-adopted technique. It is a drug based method, wherein […]

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Anti-tuberculosis drug can be safely dosed even higher

A considerably higher dose of the anti-tuberculosis drug rifampicin is safe and can also lead to a shorter treatment for tuberculosis and less resistance. This is what researchers from Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, write in a recent publication. With this they complete a year-long search for the right dosing of an […]

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Lilly presents trial data on Alzheimer’s drug showing promise

Eli Lilly & Co. presented highly anticipated details from a mid-stage study showing that its experimental drug modestly slowed Alzheimer’s disease progression over about 18 months. The study of 257 patients with early Alzheimer’s showed that Lilly’s donanemab slowed decline by 32% on a composite measure of cognition and function when compared with a placebo. […]

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Rising antiparasitic drug cost in U.S. leads to higher patient costs, decreased quality of care

New study finds the skyrocketing cost of drugs in U.S. used to treat hookworm and other soil-transmitted parasites increases patient costs, suggests decreased quality of care A new study finds that the increasingly high prices in the United States of the drugs used to treat three soil-transmitted helminth infections—hookworm, roundworm (ascariasis), and whipworm (trichuriasis)—is not […]

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What Role does X-Ray Diffraction have in Drug Analysis?

The importance of drug analysis X-ray techniques have been used for decades by authorities to prevent crime and keep people safe. Perhaps their most well-known use is for the detection of dangerous and banned items or substances, preventing them from entering controlled areas such as airports and airplanes, government building, trains and train stations, cultural […]