Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Computer-aided drug design added to global fight against COVID-19

Life sciences company UCB is the first pharma company to join the COVID Moonshot crowdsourcing initiative, which involves the Diamond Light Source synchrotron facility in Oxfordshire and the Weizmann Institute of Science ...

Medical research

New killing mechanism discovered in 'game-changing' antibiotic

Scientists at the University of Liverpool and University of Utrecht have taken another step forward on their quest to develop a viable drug based on teixobactin—a new class of potent natural antibiotic capable of killing ...

Medical research

Saccharin derivatives give cancer cells a not-so-sweet surprise

Saccharin received a bad rap after studies in the 1970s linked consumption of large amounts of the artificial sweetener to bladder cancer in laboratory rats. Later, research revealed that these findings were not relevant ...

Autism spectrum disorders

Compound improves social interaction in autism mouse model

Children with autism often find social interactions awkward, leaving them isolated. Now in a study appearing in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists report that they have discovered a first-of-its-kind compound ...

Medical research

Researchers develop potential drugs to help curb smoking

Washington State University researchers have created more than a dozen candidate drugs with the potential to curb smokers' desire for nicotine by slowing how it is broken down in the body. The researchers hope the substances ...

Neuroscience

Targeting brain chemistry to beat disease

Thanks to advances in big data and medicinal chemistry, scientists can screen thousands of molecules in the search for protein structures leading to new drugs for brain diseases.

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