August 20, 2011

And Easier to Use

1 Asthma Pill As Effective As Inhalers

A rarely prescribed asthma medication is easier to use and as effective as inhalers finds a new study that followed 650 asthma patients for two years. The pills, called leukotriene receptor antagonists (LTRAs), sold under the brand names Singulair and Accolate, managed asthma as successfully as steroid inhalers, although they’ve been thought to be less effective and therefore are less frequently prescribed. It’s estimated that as many as 80% of asthma patients have difficulty using inhalers or prefer not to because they don’t want to take steroids. Asthma affects about 300 million people worldwide. "We hope these findings will increase the options for healthcare professionals when prescribing for this common but disruptive disease," said lead author Prof. David Price, U Aberdeen.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Phasing Out CFC Asthma Inhalers

Tags: Asthma, Asthma Inhalers, University of Aberdeen, Professor David Price, Singulair, Accolate, LTRAs

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X Out Blood Cancers

2 Research Shows Ecstasy's Anticancer Abilities

Research conducted in Central England has discovered that MDMA, derived from amphetamine and more commonly known as ecstasy, works well against blood cancers. Previous studies showed that psychotropic drugs including ecstasy had an effect on some white blood cell cancers. By modifying the drug typically associated with clubbing, the ability to kill cancer cells was increased by 100 times and may fight leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. A major problem is that the dose needed to destroy tumors would kill someone so the next step is isolating the components that give ecstasy its anticancer properties. Making it easier for ecstasy to get into the cancer cells will also be a challenge. Researchers are very hopeful that ecstasy derivatives can be tested in clinical trials.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ecstasy for Treating PTSD

Tags: Blood Cancers, Ecstasy, Leukemia, Lymphoma, MDMA, Multiple Myeloma, Ecstasy Fights Blood Cancers, White Blood Cell Cancers, Psychotropic Drugs Effects on White Blood Cell Cancers

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