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Both old and new drugs may offer fresh ways to fight heart disease

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

Novel drugs — some old, some new — may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Louisiana tried to help prisoners fight opioid addiction. Here's why doctors objected

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

A California company has come under fire for its aborted plan to recruit inmates to test a novel program to battle opioid addiction.

Some states allow opioid addicts to try medical marijuana. The federal government isn't pleased

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

The U.S. government says states can't use federal dollars to fund medical marijuana treatments for patients with opioid addiction.

Suicides and overdoses among factors fueling drop in U.S. life expectancy

1 week ago from LA Times - Science

New health data confirm a 3-year drop in Americans' life expectancy, bucking a trend of rising longevity in other wealthy nations.

Paul Barreira’s tenure as HUHS director comes to a close

1 week ago from Harvard Science

After 15 years of service dedicated to improving health and wellness at Harvard, Paul Barreira will step down as director of Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), effective Nov. 18. During his tenure, Barreira...

Better delivery system for sending chemo to cancerous lung tissue

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Chemotherapy has been the backbone of cancer treatment for decades, but it is notorious for its toxicity to healthy cells, severe side effects, and poor targeting of the intended tumors. Efforts to improve...

Harvard Chan School, Apple, and NIH launch women’s health study

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Apple, and the National Institutes of Health today launched the Apple Women’s Health Study. The large-scale longitudinal study, led by a team of researchers at Harvard...

Preventing sudden cardiac death through gene sequencing

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Each year, sudden cardiac death affects 220,000 U.S. adults, most of whom have no prior symptoms of a heart issue. By identifying rare DNA variants that substantially increase risk of sudden cardiac death,...

Diet pills linked with eating disorder diagnosis

1 week ago from Harvard Science

Among young women without eating-disorder diagnoses, those who used diet pills and laxatives for weight control had higher odds of having a having a first such diagnosis within one to three years than...

Liquid salt can reduce fat absorption and weight in rats

1 week ago from Harvard Science

A new, orally administered liquid reduces weight in rats fed high-fat diets without causing side effects, pointing to a possible therapy for obesity, according to a new study from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for...

FDA-approved drug shows promise against ALS in mice

1 week ago from Harvard Science

The cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a disabling neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and leads to weakened muscles and early death — is...

Serotonin helps gut microbes thrive

1 week ago from C&EN

The antidepressant Prozac may interrupt this gut-microbe communication

Water treatment failures drove Newark's lead crisis

1 week ago from C&EN

Insufficient corrosion control methods resulted in the neurotoxic metal leaching from the city's pipes

Mary Beth Mulcahy named editor-in-chief of ACS Chemical Health & Safety

1 week ago from C&EN

Society acquires journal from the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety

Naproxen's byproducts could pose threat to aquatic creatures

1 week ago from C&EN

Common pain relief drug breaks down to more toxic, more long-lasting chemical in sunlight

Microtubule protein level predicts drugs' effectiveness against brain cancer cells

1 week ago from C&EN

Lab study shows that drugs like paclitaxel are more effective against glioblastoma cells with higher levels of tubulin

CAR-T reverses heart damage in mice

1 week ago from C&EN

The cell engineering technique, popular in treating cancer, could address diseases that involve fibrosis

Synthesis of hindered dialkyl ethers shocked into new life

1 week ago from C&EN

Rethinking an old electrochemical method boosts yields of the bulky compounds and lowers reaction times

Microtubule protein level predicts drugs' effectiveness against brain cancer cells

1 week ago from C&EN

Lab study shows that drugs like paclitaxel are more effective against glioblastoma cells with higher levels of tubulin

Hospital bacteria can colonize the guts of babies born by C-section

1 week ago from C&EN

UK-based Baby Biome Study shows that babies born by cesarean section have different microbiomes from those of their mothers and can pick up drug-resistant bugs from hospitals

US EPA proposes to waive pesticide toxicity test on birds

1 week ago from C&EN

Agency claims other required tests are sufficient to evaluate avian risks

Wetland microbe detoxifies PFAS contaminants

1 week ago from C&EN

Scientists discover a microbe that snips off fluorine atoms from toxic perfluoroalkyl substances

Notorious KRAS: Taking down cancer researchers' biggest foe

1 week ago from C&EN

After decades of failures, the first wave of KRAS G12C inhibitors has reached the clinic. Can the feat be repeated with other RAS proteins?

Revived compound targets drug-resistant malaria

1 week ago from C&EN

The team is developing pantothenamides to block the parasitic infection

Prehistoric parents weaned babies with animal milk

1 week ago from C&EN

Chemical analysis of 3,000-year-old ceramic bottles suggests that ancient European parents used the vessels to wean their children

Wetland microbe detoxifies PFAS contaminants

1 week ago from C&EN

Scientists discover a microbe that snips off fluorine atoms from toxic perfluoroalkyl substances

Revived compound targets drug-resistant malaria

1 week ago from C&EN

The team is developing pantothenamides to block the parasitic infection

Chikungunya vaccine candidate is shelf-stable

1 week ago from C&EN

The multi-functional synthetic vaccine candidate doesn't require refrigeration