Drug News (Medindia)

How Does Brown Fat Burn Calories?

A novel protein found in brown fat cells helps understand the mechanism of energy-burning brown fat cells, which can lead to the development of new drugs for obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease.

Intelligence Genes Discovered

Some 538 genes that play a role in intellectual ability have been identified by a team of international researchers.

Smoking Linked to Higher Risk of Psychosis

Smoking at least ten cigarettes a day is linked to a higher risk of psychosis compared to non-smoking young people, revealed study. The risk is also raised if the smoking starts before the age of 13.

Cancer Drug Reduces Anti-social Behavior in Autism

Romidepsin, a Food and Drug Administration-approved anti-cancer drug, restores social deficits in autism in a sustained fashion. Three-day treatment with romidepsin reversed social deficits in mice deficient in a gene called Shank 3, an important risk factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Drug Safety can Now be Tested With Near-Infrared Chemical Imaging

Potency and safety of drugs can now be tested with the help of near-infrared chemical imaging. Monitoring powder potency and homogeneity is important in achieving real-time release testing in a continuous tablet manufacturing operation.

Soy-based Formula may Alter Reproductive Tissue in Infants

The reproductive system tissues were altered in infants who were fed with soy-based milk formula showed changes in reproductive cells and tissues, compared to those who used cow-milk formula or were breastfed.

What is The Best Treatment for Hole in The Heart?

Among people with patent foramen ovale (PFO), a birth defect that causes a hole in the heart, medical devices that close the opening after a stroke have better results after two years compared to treatment with stroke-preventing medications alone.