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Automated drug design using synthetic DNA self-assembly | KurzweilAI

Automated drug design using synthetic DNA self-assembly | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Using a simple “drag-and-drop” computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, Parabon NanoLabs researchers have developed a new automated method of drug development that could reduce the time required to create and test medications, with the support of an NSF Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships grant.

 

 

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Are you elderly and having memory or concentration problems?

Are you elderly and having memory or concentration problems? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

They might be caused by common medications used to treat insomnia, anxiety, itching or allergies, according to Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Research Chair at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM, Montreal Geriatric University Institute) and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Montreal (UdeM).

 

Up to 90 percent of people over the age of 65 take at least one prescription medication. Eighteen percent of people in this age group complain of memory problems and are found to have mild cognitive deficits. Research suggests there may be a link between the two.

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Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria | KurzweilAI

Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Georgia have refined the nanoparticle drug delivery process further by using nanoparticles to deliver drugs to a specific organelle within cells.

 

By targeting mitochondria, “the powerhouse of cells,” the researchers increased the effectiveness of mitochondria-acting therapeutics used to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity in studies conducted with cultured cells.

 

 

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New clot drug for heart patients

New clot drug for heart patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of heart patients could benefit from new blood thinning drugs to cut their risk of stroke.

 

The existing (and popular) blood thinning medications coumadin and warfarin have a number of side effects and require frequent monitoring and often dietary adjustments to maintain proper levels.

 

Alternatives to these drugs, although bound to have their own side effects, could help many patients who require blood thinners to reduce stroke risk.

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Brazilian researchers develop new anti-inflammatory for severe pain

Brazilian researchers develop new anti-inflammatory for severe pain | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Researchers at Butantan Institute in São Paulo, Brazil, have developed a powerful new anti-inflammatory to relieve hard-to-control pain.

 

Initial tests have confirmed the efficacy of the medication, which is based on a protein found in the blood.

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Statins may be linked to cancer survival

(Reuters Health) - Danish cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were 15 percent less likely to die, of cancer or any other cause, than patients who were not on the popular medications, in a new study.

 

The pattern held regardless of a person's age, cancer type, tumor size or whether it had spread. Only patients who had received chemotherapy showed no apparent benefit from taking statins - the most commonly-prescribed drugs in the world.

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Vitamin K may slash diabetes risk: Study

Increased intakes of vitamin K1 may lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes in elderly people with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study.

 

There is an irony in these results. Most people over the age of 60 with a risk of cardiovascular disease (and virtually all people over 75) are prescribed warfarin, a blood thinning medication.

 

Vitamin K contributes to clotting. In patients on warfarin, Vitamin K intake is discouraged to make it easier to regulate medication levels and maintain a proper blood flow.

 

Vitamin K is found in many vegetables with additional health properties such as broccoli and leafy greens. If an increase in this vitamin could help lower the risk of diabetes, some patients may have to make a decision whether they can properly regulate their levels on warfarin.

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Body-heat-activated patch could pump medication through the skin

Body-heat-activated patch could pump medication through the skin | Longevity science | Scoop.it
An experimental new transdermal patch is able to pump medication through the wearer's skin, using their own body heat.

 

In laboratory tests, a prototype patch was shown to be able to continuously pump out medication for a period of several hours.

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Medication that tracks its dosing schedule

One company is working on creating pills with tiny chips to keep track of when a patient is medicating, in order to maintain the correct schedule.

 

This digital feedback technology can prompt patients to take their medicine and even ask them to take a walk if they have been inactive for too long. 

 

Besides reminding you to take a pill, this technology could be used to track complex medical routines in the future.

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Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year | Singularity Hub

Meet ROBOT-Rx, The Robot Pharmacist Doling Out 350 Million Doses Per Year | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

You probably didn't know it, but robots already work in pharmacies. Many hospitals have been using ROBOT-Rx to dispense medication doses.

 

With near-perfect accuracy, this robo-pharmacist stores, counts, dispenses, and keeps records. All the humans have to do is prescribe the medication.

 

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