Traditional drug repurposing, although successful in treating some diseases, still requires considerable time to identify candidate compounds and even more time to test them in clinical trials. Ebola requires and deserves a much more aggressive approach, while still balancing safety and efficacy concerns.
A National Academy of Sciences committee meets this week to study a large, growing and little-understood black market in drugs. But rather than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, the committee members will be discussing tobacco cigarettes.
The global black market in tobacco is estimated to supply 11.6% of the world’s consumption, a startling 650 billion cigarettes a year. And there are two components to this market that have drawn the particular...
Computer simulations conducted by researchers at the School of Medicine show that banning the use of food stamps to purchase sugary drinks could reduce obesity rates and new cases of type-2 diabetes among low-income Americans.
Sanjay Basu, this year’s recipient of the $100,000 George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries,wants to help countries curb chronic diseases by developing mathematical models that will help allow them to collect data and target at-risk populations.