Clinical Trials & Research

Clinical trials are currently underway to investigate the effectiveness of bevacizumab for the treatment of COVID-19, with results expected as early as May 2020. The outbreak and rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has resulted in the worldwide search for a viable treatment option. There are several drug candidates currently being investigated to treat
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Eating a moderate amount of fish per week, while pregnant, may improve child’s metabolic health, according to a new study. Fish is a significant dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids that may have cardiometabolic benefits. Several studies support that fish consumption can help reduce the risks of heart and metabolic diseases, such as high blood
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A small study discusses the risk of COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic carriers.  As scientists continue to work on slowing the spread of COVID-19, examining patterns of person to person disease transmission is crucial. However, the transmission of COVID-19 from asymptomatic carriers, with a normal chest computed tomography (CT), has not been investigated. Published in the Journal
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Programmed cell death 1 (PD1) checkpoint inhibitors are a group of anticancer drugs that are emerging as a frontline treatment for cancer. Programmed cell death 1 (PD1) checkpoint inhibitor therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy that targets immune checkpoints.  PD-1 is the transmembrane programmed cell death protein that interacts with PD1-ligand 1. In a
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Preterm birth, also known as premature birth, defines the birth of a baby before 37 consecutive weeks of pregnancy. Globally, between five and 10 percent of children are born prematurely. Preterm birth is associated with increased risk of developing lung diseases, eye problems, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity,
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A group of researchers has published a study in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases that summarizes already known scientific information on 119 broad-spectrum antiviral agents. These drugs have already been tested for use in humans. The researchers suggest that repurposing these drugs to treat COVID-19 might be an effective strategy to quickly obtain effective
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A recent study evaluated whether human breast milk helps brain development in babies. Many factors can influence a baby’s development. Breastfeeding has been well documented to be beneficial to a baby’s development. However, there are many factors that can influence the amount and extent of breastfeeding’s benefits for babies, one of which is obesity. Obese
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Researchers used a promising new therapy called antisense oligonucleotide therapy to control the expression of a mutant SCN8A gene, resulting in delayed seizure onset and survival in mouse models of SCN8A encephalopathy and Dravet syndrome.  What is SCN8A encephalopathy? Developmental and epileptic encephalopathies are a group of rare epilepsy syndromes that are characterized by early-onset
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Promising results using remdesivir antiviral for COVID-19 in the first clinical trials for experimental treatments. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) belongs to a large family of illnesses that range from the common cold to previous worldwide epidemics like the Severe Epidemic Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The family is zoonotic in nature, meaning transmission occurs between animals and
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Based on the success of Botox treatment for other neuropathic pain conditions, researchers have also investigated the effectiveness and tolerability of Botox in treating Morton’s neuroma. Morton’s neuroma is characterised by a thickening of nerve tissue, occurring between the third and fourth toe. This is a common condition that causes compression and irritation of the
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A recent study in rats reports that an antioxidant present in mushrooms can relieve some symptoms of preeclampsia or pregnancy-related high blood pressure. Preeclampsia is a common complication in pregnancies where the mother’s blood pressure increases above 140mm Hg/90 mm Hg after about 20 weeks of pregnancy. This condition affects about five to seven percent
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Due to the rapidly expanding outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), researchers have looked to news and social media networks to gather epidemiological data. Epidemiology is the study of the cause, distribution, and patterns of health and disease conditions in defined populations. Studying epidemiological data in real-time can help to increase situational awareness and inform
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