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    on July, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Researchers have created a device that can determine whether targeted chemotherapy drugs are working on individual cancer patients. The portable device, which uses artificial intelligence and biosensors, is up to 95.9% accurate in counting live cancer cells when they pass through electrodes, […]

  • Turbo chip for drug development
    on July, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    In spite of increasing demand, the number of newly developed drugs decreased continuously in the past decades. The search for new active substances, their production, characterization, and screening for biological effectiveness are very complex and costly. One of the reasons is that all three steps […]

  • Pairing targeted drugs for breast and lung cancer...
    on July, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Targeted drugs for breast and lung cancer could be used together to overcome resistance to treatment in several different tumour types, a new study shows. Scientists discovered that when the breast cancer drug palbociclib was combined with the lung cancer drug crizotinib, the two-drug combination […]

  • No evidence of added benefit for most new drugs...
    on July, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    More than half of new drugs entering the German healthcare system have not been shown to add benefit, argue researchers. […]

  • Immune system effectiveness appears key to...
    on July, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Mathematical modeling suggests that the rate at which a patient's immune system clears slow-growing variants of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria is a key determinant of whether antibiotics can cure the infection. […]

  • Anaphylactic shock: IgG antibodies and...
    on July, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Teams have successfully identified a new pathological mechanism responsible for the unexplained cases of anaphylactic shock, involving neutrophils activated by antibodies of the IgG class. These findings will help improve diagnosis and treatment for patients with this type of shock. […]

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