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AptaTRACE

AptaTRACE: Software That Could Facilitate Drug Development

A team of researchers led by a National Institutes of Health investigator, Teresa Przytycka, Ph.D., has developed a new software tool called AptaTRACE that could be an important advance for drug developers and other scientists who want to identify molecules that bind with high precision to targets of interest.


Closure

Closure Not Recommended for People with Heart Defect and Stroke

An updated recommendation from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that catheter-based closure should not be routinely recommended for people who have had a stroke and also have a heart defect called a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a channel between the top two chambers in the heart.



Premature Birth

Diabetes Drug May Help Prevent Premature Birth

Metformin, a medication routinely used by millions of people with type 2 diabetes, may also play an unexpected role in blocking a significant cause of premature birth, according to research findings published July 25.


medications

One in Two American Adults Misuse Their Prescription Drugs

The majority of American adults taking opioids and other commonly prescribed medications use them in ways that put their health at risk, including potentially dangerous combinations with other drugs, according to a new study from Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.


Fibrosis

Vital Step Against Liver Fibrosis in Animal

A new drug developed by scientists at the National Institutes of Health limits the progression of liver fibrosis in mice, a hopeful advance against a condition for which there is no current treatment and that often leads to serious liver disease in people with chronic alcoholism and other common diseases.


Yellow Fever

Early-Stage Yellow Fever Vaccine Trial by NIH

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has begun an early-stage clinical trial of an investigational vaccine designed to protect against yellow fever virus.