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Novel Alzheimer's drug passes first phase of human testing
A drug that tackles toxic protein buildup in Alzheimer's disease in a novel way has passed phase 1 of clinical trials, which tests safety in humans. (Medical News Today)

Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson's?
At blood levels that are typical in humans, an approved high blood pressure drug was able to clear toxic proteins of Parkinson's disease from mouse brains. (Medical News Today)

Seaweed extract may help design new drugs
Drug resistance is a large and growing problem. On the hunt for fresh sources of drugs, scientists have turned to the seaweed in underwater forests. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Could targeting this protein prevent hypoglycemia?
Could targeting the protein neuronostatin prevent or treat dangerous low blood sugar in people with diabetes who use insulin? A new study investigates. (Medical News Today)

Fish slime: An answer to antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly pressing issue for humanity. A recent study dives into the constituents of fish slime to hunt for new antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

Heart failure: New drug could halt disease and improve heart function
A molecule that stops two proteins from interacting and impairing heart function halted heart failure and improved heart pumping capacity in rats. (Medical News Today)

93 percent of medications contain 'potential allergens'
Many of the so-called inactive ingredients present in medications could have the potential to cause allergic reactions in some people. (Medical News Today)

IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising
Blocking a protein associated with blood clotting reduced IBD symptoms in mice, offering a promising alternative to therapies that target inflammation. (Medical News Today)

New drug limits damage to heart muscle from heart attack
Cell death from a heart attack damages heart muscle. Blocking MAP4K4 — a protein that is key to this process — greatly reduced heart injury in mice. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise
Autophagy inhibitors could be more potent against pancreatic cancer by first applying a drug that makes the cancer cells dependent on autophagy for energy. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: 'Holy herb' extract shows promise as future treatment
A laboratory screen found that a compound in the Yerba santa medicinal plant protects against several age-related triggers of death in mouse nerve cells. (Medical News Today)

Bacteria living on insects could provide new antibiotics
Insects harbor bacteria that protect them from infection. Tapping this source could yield new antibiotics to combat the growing threat of drug resistance. (Medical News Today)

Simple drug formula regenerates brain cells
Scientists have shown how a drug cocktail of four compounds can convert glia, or support cells, next to damaged neurons into new working neurons. (Medical News Today)

Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds
Scientists have identified a number of synthetic cannabinoid compounds that can halt the growth of several types of human colorectal cancer cells. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotics disrupt gut bacteria, impact bone health
According to one intriguing new study, antibiotics may disrupt bone health by interacting with gut bacteria and the immune system. (Medical News Today)

Multiple sclerosis: Small molecule could delay onset
Neuroprotective treatment with the small molecule Sephin1, significantly delayed loss of myelin and damage to cells in a mouse model of MS. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Changing tumor cells into fat cells stops spread
By exploiting cancer cells' innate adaptability, scientists halt invasive spread in mice by transforming malignant breast cancer cells into fat cells. (Medical News Today)

Triple-negative breast cancer responds to new dual-target therapy
An experimental therapy that targets two growth pathways reduced cancer cell proliferation and spread in mice with triple-negative breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish 'soil cure' tackles major superbugs
Newly identified bacteria in Irish soil long used in folk medicine stops growth of MRSA and three other superbugs behind antibiotic-resistant infections. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Drug duo helps body replenish its insulin-producing cells
A new drug combination that spurs adult human beta cells on to regenerate at an unprecedented 5–8 percent per day is a big step toward a diabetes cure. (Medical News Today)

Multiple sclerosis: Could this be why myelin fails to regenerate?
A study finds a previously unknown mechanism that quietens adult stem cells and could be a disruptor of myelin repair in inflammatory diseases, such as MS. (Medical News Today)

How to make kefir more healthful using sound
Kefir is credited with a range of health benefits. Recently, researchers tried to boost levels of one of its active ingredients using ultrasound. (Medical News Today)

Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery
A 'sprayable gel' embedded with nanoparticles carrying drugs that boost immunity controlled tumor recurrence at surgery site and at distant sites in mice. (Medical News Today)

'Simple modification' could help antibiotics overcome resistance
A simple way of linking vancomycin to an antimicrobial peptide led to a fivefold increase in the antibiotic's power against an infectious bacterium. (Medical News Today)

Antibiotic resistance: Breakthrough study offers solution
Mice treated with small molecules that stop bacteria forming toxins survived MRSA infection without the need for antibiotics, study found. (Medical News Today)

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