Category Archives: Therapeutics

Biologists develop new method for discovering antibiotics

Science Daily: “Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a revolutionary new method for identifying and characterizing antibiotics, an advance that could lead to the discovery of new antibiotics to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria. The researchers made their discovery by developing a way to perform the equivalent of an autopsy on bacterial… Read More »

SharePractice – a collaborative clinical reference for physicians

Here’s an interesting concept. SharePractice is an application that uses the idea of crowdsourcing other physicians to rank treatments for various disease states. “Good doctors make bad decisions because knowledge sources are incomplete and static. Medical reference tools are biased by business interests and take too long to update. Reading research papers is an antiquated… Read More »

New hydrogel research gives new meaning to “sustained released” medication

Medical Xpress: “Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed injectable, reformable and spreadable hydrogels which can be loaded with proteins or other therapeutics. The hydrogels contain up to 99.7% water by weight, with the remainder primarily made up of cellulose polymers held together with cucurbiturils – barrel-shaped molecules which act as miniature ‘handcuffs’….  The… Read More »

Biased pain medication prescribing

KevinMD.com: “Undertreated pain is worse than addiction.” On one end is the doctor who is deeply, morally troubled by patients in pain. This doctor is not unaware of the risk of addiction but is willing to risk being taken advantage of by a wily narcotic seeker rather than leave pain untreated. This doctor knows that… Read More »

Scientists find new mechanism behind resistance to cancer treatment

Medical Xpress: “A team of scientists led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has discovered a key factor that drives this drug resistance [chemotherapy resistance].Nelson and colleagues found that a type of normal, noncancerous cell that lives in cancer’s neighborhood – the fibroblast – when exposed to chemotherapy sustains DNA damage that drives the production… Read More »

Pharmaceuticals from crab shells

This is pretty cool stuff. Vienna University of Technology: “Fungi with additional foreign genes have been created at the Vienna University of Technology. They can now turn chitin into pharmaceuticals. Usually, mould fungi are nothing to cheer about – but now they can be used as “chemical factories”. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology… Read More »

Med Adherence – Difference between prescribed and dosing histories [Article]

Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2012 Feb 10;52:275-301. Epub 2011 Sep 19) – No big surprise here, but check out the graphs (posted below), especially the second one where you can see the effect poor compliance/adherence has on therapeutic concentration. Crazy. Abstract Satisfactory adherence to aptly prescribed medications is essential for good outcomes of patient… Read More »