Medical research

Scientists illuminate mechanism of common drug target

Roughly a third of all drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration target a large family of biomolecules, known as G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), whose job is to trigger cellular responses to extracellular ...


Search for safer pain relief advances with new compounds

Scientists at Scripps Research in Florida have created a collection of new pain-relieving compounds, that like morphine and other drugs, provide relief via activation of opioid receptors, but without inducing many dangerous ...


New treatment for inflammatory bowel disease

Opioids are a class of substances that control sensations such as pain and emotions in animals. While plant-derived opioid narcotics such as morphine are the most well-recognized, other opioid molecules like endorphins can ...

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