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Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use

November 13, 2019

Lawmakers across the United States continue to debate the safety of kratom, an opioid-containing plant that has been listed as a "drug of concern" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kratom is sold over the counter in specialty stores and online.

Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use

Availability of drugs as implants could expand, thanks to MRI maps

November 13, 2019

It's challenging to design an implant that would work for every type of drug. Purdue University researchers developed a new method that uses an MRI to noninvasively see how an implant design affects the amount of a drug released into the body.

Availability of drugs as implants could expand, thanks to MRI maps

BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER ‘ROAD MAP’ MAY BOOST DRUG DELIVERY

November 13, 2019

The greatest obstacle when it comes to treating cancer that has spread to the brain is the blood-brain barrier, the brain’s natural defense mechanism that is a collection of blood vessels that can filter out what goes in and out of the brain

BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER ‘ROAD MAP’ MAY BOOST DRUG DELIVERY

Availability of drugs as implants could expand, thanks to MRI maps

November 13, 2019

What if a drug you need every single day of your life could be implanted into your body so that you don’t have to remember to take a pill? Unfortunately, chances are the drug you take isn’t available in implantable form – even though drug implant technology has been around since the ‘60s. This is partly because it's challenging to design an implant that would work for every type of drug.

Availability of drugs as implants could expand, thanks to MRI maps

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

November 13, 2019

Anthrax may soon help more people win the fight against bladder cancer, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says strikes about 72,000 Americans each year and kills about 16,000, and is one of the most expensive cancers to treat.

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

Anthrax To Cure Cancer: Breakthrough in Bladder Cancer Treatment By Purdue University

November 13, 2019

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bladder cancer affects about 72,000 Americans every year and kills about 16,000 of them. It is the sixth most common cancer in the United States. It is also one of the most expensive cancers to treat and the current treatments are highly invasive. Patients have to sit for hours at a time with their bladders full of an agent designed to destroy the cancer cells and tumors. Bladder cancer is also said to be the most reoccurring type with a 70% chance of recurrence.

Anthrax To Cure Cancer: Breakthrough in Bladder Cancer Treatment By Purdue University

Purdue Pharmacy Research: Opioid-containing Plant Better Than Heroin, But Still Addictive

November 13, 2019

Purdue University pharmacists say their study of an Asian plant containing opioids shows it may be a better alternative to hard drugs, but isn’t completely safe for human consumption.

Purdue Pharmacy Research: Opioid-containing Plant Better Than Heroin, But Still Addictive

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Possible With Hybrid Perovskite Breakthrough

November 13, 2019

A new type of material for next-generation solar cells eliminates the need to use lead, which has been a major roadblock for this technology. Solar cells, incorporating the mineral perovskite, have been the focus of attention since the material was first shown to work in 2009. Solar cells that are built using this material are more efficient than current solar panels. Current solar panels capture 15% to 18% of the solar energy on average, while perovskite solar cells have been found to be as much as 28% efficient.

Highly Efficient Solar Cells Possible With Hybrid Perovskite Breakthrough

Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use- Dr. Richard van Rijn

November 13, 2019

A Purdue University team published a paper in the Nov. 8 edition of the British Journal of Pharmacology examining the effects of kratom and the potential impacts on people with alcohol use disorder. The cost to individuals and society from alcohol use is estimated at more than $250 billion each year. The Purdue scientists, in collaboration with researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Washington University, studied the potential effects of kratom and its components on the body and in the ability to reduce alcohol consumption. The Purdue team previously focused on a G protein-coupled receptor called the delta-opioid receptor, which is a novel drug target that is different from the receptor in the body that binds prescription opioids. They developed drugs that bind to this new target and selectively activate a particular protein signaling cascade of this receptor.

Opioid-based plant might not be best solution to curb habitual alcohol use- Dr. Richard van Rijn

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

November 12, 2019

Researchers at Purdue University have come up with a way to combine the anthrax toxin with a growth factor to kill bladder cancer cells and tumors.

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer