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Injectable Gel to Help Arthritis Sufferers

Here's some good news for arthritis sufferers. A new gel has been developed that can be injected directly into a joint for treating rheumatoid arthritis. This new way of treating rheumatoid arthritis or its cousin osteoarthritis is said to give a lot of pain relief in the joints. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) [...]

New Drug to Fight Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

A new drug has shown a lot of potential to fight chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), which has become resistant to regular treatment. According to the study conducted by the Tufts Medical Center, the drug named DCC-2036 decreased the mutant enzyme, BCR-ABL1 in human leukemia cells. However, in mice, the drug wiped out the cancer cells [...]

Drug to Aid Hepatitis C Treatment

Two studies show that adding an experimental drug, boceprevir to the existing two-drug treatment for hepatitis C appears remarkably more effective than the standard therapy. The current treatment for hepatitis C, a chronic liver infection, is by using the antivirals peginterferon and ribavirin. But when researchers combined them with boceprevir, they found that it drastically [...]

New Drug Target Found for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Researchers have now identified IL-23, a cytokine used by the immune system to protect against diseases, as a main contributor to the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The new finding, published in the April 2011 issue of Journal of Leukocyte Biology, raises hopes of developing new treatments that stop or decrease the harmful effects of IL-23 [...]

Pfizer’s New Drug Slows Pancreatic Tumors

Pfizer's experimental drug, CP- 870,893 slowed down pancreatic cancer significantly. The treatment tricks the immune system and shrinks pancreatic tumors by targeting the tissue around the cancer mass instead of the malignant cells. The method was tested on lab mice and twenty-one human patients. The team, made up of laboratory scientists and clinical doctors, embarked [...]

Leflunomide to Fight Skin Cancer

The drug leflunomide, which is currently being used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, could now help to fight melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. After conducting the ability to affect the development of pigment cells in tadpoles, scientists seemed to have found a way to deal with melanoma. Why tadpoles you may ask? The [...]

Dyloject for Pain; Side Effects

Dyloject is a new form of the treatment diclofenac, which is a popular treatment for reducing pain.  It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug that works to inhibit certain pathways associated with pain such as COX. Dyloject’s superior release mechanism gives it more rapid pain relief action than the existing form.  It is designed to [...]

VIAject – Ultra-fast Insulin for Diabetes

VIAject is a new treatment for diabetes.  It is a modified form of insulin that is designed to have superior onset of action and provide better glucose control. The hope is that it will provide better simulation of normal, body insulin release patterns after eating. This is important as even temporary abnormalities in blood sugar [...]

ellaOne for Contraception vs Plan B

EllaOne is a new emergency contraceptive that can work up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse.  This is a significant advantage over the existing levonorgestrel (Plan B), which only works for 3 days. There is the concern, however, that ellaOne's could in theory induce an abortion. Emergency contraception When a woman has unprotected sex and [...]

Gilenia for Multiple Sclerosis vs Interferon

Gilenia, generic fingolimod, is a new treatment for multiple sclerosis.  It is taken orally and has shown significant efficacy in studies so far, perhaps even better than the existing therapy of interferon. That said, it has also shown concerning side effects that may limit how it is used. What is multiple sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) [...]