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Kalamazoo: Offering solutions to help eradicate superbugs

09 Feb 06

With bacteriological diseases such as SARS and MRSA on the increase and with concern about these diseases at an all time high, the medical community is under tremendous pressure to implement measures in order to minimise the risk of potential outbreaks.
Maureen Bott

Facts about Dementia

07 Feb 06

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be treated by a class of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEI’s), which increase the availability of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE).
Stephen Cull

Flower power & Oncology

03 Feb 06

The size of the cytotoxic market in the seven major pharmaceutical markets is estimated to be approximately $9.6 billion. Datamonitor expects it to reach a peak of $12.8 billion by 2009. However, mainly due to major patent expiries, it is expected to drop to $11.3 billion by 2014. Topoisomerase inhibitors represent a subgroup of the plant alkaloid class of cytotoxics. DNA topoisomerase II inhibitors are among the most efficacious drugs for the treatment of cancer although they are associated wi
LeadDiscovery

Replidyne marches on in the development of novel antibiotics for the treatment of drug-resistant skin infections

03 Feb 06

The market for antibacterials, valued at $24 billion in the seven major markets, faces significant revenue loss in the period 2005-2007 due to major patent expiries. In exception, considerable success has been met by those targeting drug resistant infections. This is highlighted by the rapid uptake of products focused on drug-resistant infections, such as Pfizer's Zyvox (linezolid). Here we highlight a promising early stage candidate being developed by Replidyne, REP8839
LeadDiscovery

OX40:OX40L interaction – evolving from a key component of autoimmunity to a possible target for cardiovascular disease

31 Jan 06

OX40 (CD134) is one of the newer tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family members. Expressed on CD4+ T-cells, its activation by OX40L, a type II membrane protein expressed on activated B-cells, dendritic cells and macrophages, plays an important T-cell co-stimulatory role. Today we highlight additional involvement in heart disease
LeadDiscovery

Supercomputers used to go from genome to lead in under a month

25 Jan 06

Genomics and proteomics comprise a fundamental area of bioinformatics however exploiting the wealth of information gained using such disciplines remains a rate limiting step in the drug discovery process. Today’s edition of DailyUpdates (Jan 25th 2005) describes ground breaking work that has allowed researchers to identify candidate therapeutics for the treatment of SARs virus infection in under a month using the virus genome as a starting point
LeadDiscovery

BAFF & APRIL: Emerging Targets for Autoimmune & Cancer Therapeutics

18 Jan 06

In 1999 Human Genome Sciences researchers published a study in the journal Science describing a new member of the TNF super-family which they named BLyS. Since that time our understanding of this protein, also known as BAFF, and its homologue APRIL has progressed rapidly. The BAFF sub-family has emerged as a candidate target for therapies of various autoimmune diseases and hematological cancers with breathtaking speed.
LeadDiscovery

Ferriprox prevents heart failure deaths in thalassaemia

16 Jan 06

A new study shows the oral iron-chelator Ferriprox (deferiprone) prevents patients with thalassaemia experiencing heart complications and dying of heart failure. Patients with the condition require frequent blood transfusions with the unwanted effect of excess iron that can build up in organs and endocrine glands. Iron overload in the heart can produce fatal complications so effective treatment with iron chelation therapy to remove iron is vital. The finding that an oral treatment achieves bett
Olwen Glynn Owen - PharmiWeb Field Reporter

2006 –Near Term Expectations for Clinical Research

11 Jan 06

There is little mystery about what the next few years hold for the clinical research industry –it comes down to one word: speed. It is all about speed. The gauntlet has been thrown down and the companies that are able to demonstrate an effective and consistent approach to truncating the timeline of clinical trials will be very successful.
Brian S. Robinson

The Rough Guide to Electronic Data Capture

11 Jan 06

Electronic Data Capture (EDC), three little words that can divide the clinical research community like few others. To some, EDC is a panacea for all the troubles and rising costs of the clinical development process, whilst to others it spells broken promises, and forms the butt of many less than flattering anecdotes.
Andrew Salomon

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