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2012-06-02 07:26:57

Scientists studying opium poppies say that they have pinpointed the genes responsible for producing a compound which can be used as a cough suppressant and cancer-fighting agent. According to Reuters reporter Ben Hirschler, researchers at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) located a cluster of 10 genes which they claim are responsible for the creation of noscapine within the poppies. Noscapine has been used for many years to fight coughs, and recent studies have shown that...

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2009-01-03 07:40:00

People with prostate cancer could find relief from a natural substance found in cough medicine. Researchers found that noscapine, known as a non-addictive derivative of opium, actually decreased tumor growth in mice by 60 percent. The research was published in the journal Anticancer Research. The American Cancer Society reports that one man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime. Dr. Israel Barken, of The Prostate Cancer Research and Education Foundation, La Mesa, California,...

2008-12-19 15:54:20

A study published today in the December issue of the European medical journal Anticancer Research demonstrates that an ingredient used in a common cough suppressant may be useful in treating advanced prostate cancer. Researchers found that noscapine, which has been used in cough medication for nearly 50 years, reduced tumor growth in mice by 60% and limited the spread of tumors by 65% without causing harmful side effects. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United...