Malaria drug cures infection in mice

Malaria drug cures infection in mice

Malaria kills about 500,000 people a year. Unfortunately, most anti-malarial drugs can cause side effects, and drug resistance can be a problem. However, researchers may have struck gold: they have developed a drug that has cured malaria infection in mice, without detrimental side effects! This new drug, called Ab-1, works by interfering with a protein […]

Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes are saving human lives

Venomous snakes, like the rattlesnake pictured above, usually don’t come to mind when you think of “life-saving medicine.” The Brazilian pit viper is one snake that certainly makes a big impact on its victims. When the snake bites an animal, its’ venom causes the prey to black out from a drop in blood pressure, thus […]

Avocados helping to unlock a new leukemia treatment?

Avocados helping to unlock a new leukemia treatment?

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive form of leukemia, and can have high mortality rates. But now, it’s possible that the avocado could help researchers develop a drug to increase life expectancy and quality of life for patients suffering from AML. Leukemia stem cells are the cells that drive disease development, and unfortunately, it’s […]

Brittle bone disease: new hope?

Brittle bone disease: new hope?

Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, occurs in about 1 in every 20,000 live births. This disease can be debilitating; the body has a difficult time forming new bones, and when bones do form, they aren’t very strong, so fractures are common. But now, there may be hope on the horizon for those suffering from […]

Treating cancer: a unique approach

Treating cancer: a unique approach

A new approach to treating cancer could be on the horizon. As research progresses, scientists are learning more and more about different types of cancer. They know that mutations in genes can often drive cancer, and a new effort is focusing on treating cancer based on the mutations that are fueling its growth instead of […]

Gila monsters: clues into new drug development?

Gila monsters: clues into new drug development?

Venomous animals, while scary to some, can have applications to human heath that are pretty amazing. For example, did you know that certain kinds of snake venom contain proteins that can treat blood clots? Or that spider venom proteins can help with pain management? Now, thanks to a lot of hard work, scientists may be […]

Radiation: Increasing the treatment window

Radiation: Increasing the treatment window

After a nuclear meltdown, it’s important that those exposed to harmful radiation receive treatment as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the window of treatment can be quite small. But researchers are working on a new drug that could be effective even 72 hours after radiation exposure, and this could be a big deal. In 2007, researchers […]