Vibrating Capsules relives constipation

Vibrating Capsules relives constipation

Constipation treatments can be partly or temporarily beneficial but, according to studies, barely 50 per cent of chronic sufferers get true relief or they might experience side effects. Israeli firm Vibrant's newly-unveiled vibrating capsule technology could spell an end to both situations, it's been claimed.

The motion generated replicates a process named peristalsis, through which waste material is driven down through the bowel. In other words, the capsule's vibrations enhance a natural biological process and those behind its development hope it can essentially reverse the effects of constipation.

About the same size as a standard multivitamin, the pill has just started to be trialled. Initial test results now published reveal that, so far, 26 patients have taken it twice-weekly for a single fortnight.

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published in: 2015-01-28 22:17:42

Drugs From Soil

Drugs From Soil

To date, the global soil drugs drive has led to 185 sample tests and, already, yielded some discoveries with potential, including compounds that could essentially be used to revamp existing drugs.

For example, in New Mexico and Brazil, compounds have been found like those already used in cancer drug manufacturing while, in southwest America, the search is on for compounds similar to rifamycin that might aid in the drug-resistant tuberculosis fight.

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published in: 2015-01-28 22:01:49

Coffee Drinking May Reduce Melanoma Risk

Coffee Drinking May Reduce Melanoma Risk

New findings suggests that regular coffee drinkers could have extra protection against a major type of cancer.

Published in 20 January's Journal of the National Cancer Institute edition, the study reports that the risk of malignant melanoma developing in non-coffee drinkers is 20 per cent higher than in those who have at least four cups each day. Earlier studies have linked coffee with protection against other skin cancer forms but achieved more blurred results where melanoma is concerned, so this is quite a major discovery.

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published in: 2015-01-26 19:14:41

Vitamin D protects against colorectal cancer

Vitamin D protects against colorectal cancer

A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system's vigilance against tumor cells. The research, published by the journal Gut, represents the first time that a link between vitamin D and the immune response to cancer has been shown in a large human population. The finding adds to a growing body of research showing that vitamin D - known as the "sunshine vitamin" because it is produced by the body in response to sunlight exposure - plays a key role in cancer prevention.

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published in: 2015-01-24 09:10:40

An avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away

An avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away

Adding an avocado to your daily diet may help lower bad cholesterol, in turn reducing risk for heart disease, according to health researchers. Avocados are known to be a nutrient-dense food, high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Previous studies have suggested that avocados are a cholesterol-lowering food, but this is the first study - to the researchers' knowledge - to look at health implications of avocados beyond monounsaturated fatty acids.

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published in: 2015-01-24 08:52:09

Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors

Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman's risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15-49 years and the findings are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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published in: 2015-01-24 08:27:12

EBOLA VACCINE

EBOLA VACCINE
Major milestone for GSK/NIH candidate Ebola vaccine as first doses shipped to Liberia for use in phase III clinical trial ...

published in: 2015-01-24 08:11:04

APPROX 3 BILLION USD: WHOPPING DRUG DEVELOPMENT COST

APPROX 3 BILLION USD: WHOPPING  DRUG DEVELOPMENT COST
Cost to Develop and Win Marketing Approval for a New Drug Is $2.6 Billion. Developing a new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval, a process often lasting longer than a decade, is estimated to cost $2,558 million, according to a new study by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. ...

published in: 2015-01-22 00:03:47

NEW ANTIBIOTIC DISCOVERED

NEW ANTIBIOTIC DISCOVERED

Teixobactin /ˌteɪks.oʊ.ˈbæk.tɪn/ is a small molecule antibioticthat is active against gram-positive bacteria. It appears to belong to a new class of antibiotics, and harms bacteria by binding to lipid II and 

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published in: 2015-01-21 23:50:44