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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...

2011-08-29 20:24:39

Colchicine, when given in addition to conventional therapy, was more effective than placebo in reducing the incidence of recurrence and the persistence of symptoms of pericarditis in a randomised controlled trial. This is the first time that the efficacy of colchicine in preventing recurrent episodes of pericarditis has been demonstrated in a double-blind multicentre randomised trial. "Recurrence," said investigator Dr Massimo Imazio from the Maria Vittoria Hospital in Turin, Italy,"is the...

2011-08-26 07:00:00

Premiere Oncology today announced that it is participating in a Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of ganetespib, a novel, potent anti-cancer drug in combination with docetaxel, an approved chemotherapy drug, for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer patients. Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 Ganetespib is the most advanced drug candidate in a new class of anti-cancer drugs called heat shock protein (Hsp) 90 inhibitors. Hsp90 is a molecular chaperone required for the proper folding...

2011-08-25 12:04:53

Scientists at Yale University have developed the first practical method to create a compound called huperzine A in the lab. The compound, which occurs naturally in a species of moss found in China, is an enzyme inhibitor that has been used to treat Alzheimer's disease in China since the late 1990s and is sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement to help maintain memory. Scientists believe it could also potentially combat the effects of chemical warfare agents. Until now, researchers have...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.