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Dual drug delivery system may make heart stents safer : Researchers

  • Posted on: 11 July 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Medicated stents are widely used to unblock heart arteries. While the drug prevents the growth of muscle cells around the stent, it however, retards endothelial cells necessary for healing the wound site and may result in the formation of clots. That’s why anti-clotting medications are given, which must be taken life-long; also, they come with adverse side effects.

NIH scientists link genetics to risk of high blood pressure among blacks

  • Posted on: 10 July 2019
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

Variants in the gene ARMC5 may be associated with high blood pressure among blacks, according to a National Institutes of Health study led by researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study team identified 17 variants in the ARMC5 gene that were associated with high blood pressure by analyzing genetic research databases that include those of African descent. The study is published in the July 3, 2019, issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

AI helps identify bat species suspected of carrying Nipah virus

  • Posted on: 6 July 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The recent outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala, which follows one that occurred in 2018, has brought the focus back on bats which are known to host the virus. Using machine learning - a form of artificial intelligence (AI) – an international group of scientists has identified bat species with the potential to host Nipah virus.

Researchers able to eliminate HIV from animal

  • Posted on: 4 July 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

In a major collaborative effort, researchers at UNMC and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have for the first time eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA -- the virus responsible for AIDS -- from the genomes of living animals. The study, reported online July 2 in the journal Nature Communications, marks a critical step toward the development of a possible cure for human HIV infection.

MS patients at a greater risk of cancer : new study suggests

  • Posted on: 1 July 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

New results of a 65-year follow-up study of nearly 7,000 Norwegian patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) suggest that patients may have a greater overall risk of developing cancer than the general population, with an especially high risk of cancer in respiratory organs, urinary organs and the central nervous system.

Alkaloid from black pepper shows promising results against neurological disorder

  • Posted on: 1 July 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Indore have found that piperine, a natural alkaloid present in black pepper, can be used as a therapeutic agent against neurodegenerative disorder, Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). 

A gelatin-based tissue patch that may quicken wound healing : Researchers

  • Posted on: 26 June 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Bioactive adhesive tissue patches are emerging as an alternative to suturing for deep cuts and wounds. Collagen-based adhesive gels are commonly used, but these patches are expensive and may cause an immune reaction as collagen is derived from animal sources.

ICMR scientists identify new biomarker for malaria

  • Posted on: 26 June 2019
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Detection of malaria infection could become more accurate soon. A team of researchers from Indian Council of Medical Research’s Jabalpur-based National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH) has identified a genetic sequence in the body of malaria parasite that promises to help develop a more sensitive diagnostic test for the disease. 

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