Tag Archives: Drugs

A new drug against MERS?

A novel approach to treating coronavirus infections. Continue reading

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Antibiotics – let's clean up our act

Are antibiotic residues is sewage a risk to human health and the environment? Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheeful: Influenza treatment

Maybe there is some reason to be more optimistic about treating influenza. Continue reading

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HIV cure research – advances and prospects

Recent strategies that have been developed in the search for an HIV cure and to improve life quality of people living with HIV. Continue reading

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Bacteriocins – a viable alternative to antibiotics?

Bacteriocins, antimicrobial peptides produced by certain bacteria, might warrant serious consideration as alternatives to traditional antibiotics. Continue reading

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Antifungal Drug Discovery – Something Old and Something New

Invasive fungal infections are devastating. Despite state-of-the-art antifungal therapy, the mortality rates for invasive infections with the three most common species of human fungal pathogens are Candida albicans, 20%–40%; Aspergillus fumigatus, 50%–90%; and Cryptococcus neoformans, 20%–70%. Although invasive fungal infections … Continue reading

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Genital human papillomaviruses – current and prospective therapies

Infection with human papillomaviruses is very common and associated with benign and malignant epithelial proliferations of skin and internal squamous mucosae. A subset of the mucosal HPVs are oncogenic and associated with 5% of all cancers in men and women. … Continue reading

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Effect of antimalarial drugs on the parasite life cycle

A paper in this week’s PLoS Medicine compares the activity of 50 current and experimental antimalarials against liver, sexual blood, and mosquito stages of selected human and nonhuman parasite species, including Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium berghei and Plasmodium yoelii. These results provide … Continue reading

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Antibiotic resistance is ancient

An unfailing observation over the past 70 years is that resistance to all antibiotics emerges eventually after use in the clinic. Where does this resistance come from? Recent work has shown that antibiotic resistance genes are common in metagenomes of … Continue reading

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