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2012-01-06 14:48:28

Advantages for men with metastatic hormone-refractory prostate cancer who are no longer eligible for docetaxel therapy Abiraterone (trade name: Zytiga®) has been approved since September 2011 for men with metastatic prostate cancer that is no longer responsive to hormone therapy and progresses further during or after therapy with the cytostatic drug docetaxel. In an early benefit assessment pursuant to the "Act on the Reform of the Market for Medicinal Products" (AMNOG), the German...

2011-11-07 11:42:19

Taxanes are a family of compounds that includes one of the most important cancer drugs ever discovered, Taxol®, among other cancer treatments. But the difficulty producing these complex molecules in the lab has hampered or blocked exploration of the family for further drug leads. Now, a group of Scripps Research Institute scientists has successfully achieved a major step toward the goal of synthetically producing Taxol® and other complex taxanes on a quest to harness chemical...

Cheap Soviet-era Pill Could Help Smokers Quit
2011-09-29 11:50:55

A Soviet-era pill from Bulgaria, used for smoking-cessation, may be the cheapest and most effective method to help cigarette smokers quit their unhealthy habit, according to the first large study of the remedy. The tablets, called Tabex, have been shown to more than triple a smoker´s chances of quitting. The research could aid in the in the lead to a rush of Internet orders from smokers who are hooked on nicotine. Tabex uses the drug Cytisine, which is an extract from the laburnum...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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