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Clinical trials are a type of research study to explore whether a medical treatment, drug, strategy or device is safe and effective for human use. The purpose of clinical trials is research, so the studies follow strict scientific standards. These standar

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Antidepressants: Do they really work?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

The debate over whether antidepressants can really help to tackle depression has been rife. We take a closer look at the evidence.

Can we trust results from early clinical trials?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PDT

A new analysis demonstrates that early clinical trials looking at new treatments are more likely to produce exaggerated results. Why could this be?

Experimental stroke drug succeeds in preliminary trials

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Following preliminary clinical trials, a new anti-stroke drug shows promise for improved treatment, rendering patients less prone to adverse effects.

Gout drug could help treat heart failure

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

A drug used for the treatment of gout has been found to improve heart functioning in a small number of people with heart failure, researchers reveal.

Common blood pressure drug may prevent type 1 diabetes

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal that methyldopa — a drug commonly used to lower blood pressure — could also be used for the prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes.

Pancreatic cancer: Modified flu virus destroys tumors

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Scientists destroyed pancreatic cancer cells using a modified flu virus. If confirmed in clinical trials, the findings could offer new treatments.

Popular morning sickness drug 'ineffective,' study reveals

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PDT

When diet and non-medical treatments fail, a drug to treat morning sickness may be the answer. But new research calls its effectiveness into question.

Magic mushrooms: Treating depression without dulling emotions

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Antidepressants may cause 'emotional blunting.' Can a 'magic mushroom' compound treat depression while avoiding this side effect? Two new studies explore.

Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PDT

Want to lose those excess pounds? This study may offer some encouragement, after finding that the effects of being overweight may have been underestimated.

A year in review: The most popular medical research of 2017

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PDT

The past 12 months have seen discoveries, breakthroughs, and innovations in medical research. MNT take you on a journey through 2017's highlights.

Parkinson's: Could this existing drug halt disease progression?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A 50-year-old drug that is commonly used to treat tapeworm infections is found to contain a molecule that can protect against Parkinson's disease.

How cancer could be treated with an old alcoholism drug

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research exposes the mechanism by which the anti-alcohol addiction drug disulfiram, also known as Antabuse, could be used to treat cancer.

Cannabinoid drug found effective for treating sleep apnea

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The largest and longest trial of a drug for obstructive sleep apnea finds the cannabinoid drug dronabinol safe and effective for treating the condition.

Migraine breakthrough: New drug halves attacks

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PDT

In a phase III clinical trial of people with episodic migraine, a drug called erenumab was found to cut the number of monthly migraine days by over half.

Malaria drugs could help to combat cancer

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how two drugs used to treat malaria, called chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, could help in the fight against cancer.

Diabetes: New compounds may lower blood sugar but prevent weight gain

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Current medications for insulin resistance may promote weight gain as a result of increased lipid production, but a new study may have found a solution.

Type 2 diabetes: Blood sugar pill shows promise

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PDT

In a 26-week phase II clinical trial for type 2 diabetes patients, glycemic control using semaglutide in pill form was better than using a placebo.

Cannabis intoxication may be stopped with anti-obesity drug

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Intoxication with so-called legal highs may be fatal. But new research may have found the antidote in a slimming drug that blocks cannabinoid receptors.

Heart failure could be treated using umbilical cord stem cells

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the first study of its kind, researchers find that stem cells derived from the umbilical cord can be used to treat heart failure.

Poliovirus kills off cancer cells, stops tumor regrowth

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A modified poliovirus appears to trigger the body's anti-tumor immunity. The new study showed promising results in human breast cancer cells and mice.

Drug resistance: WHO report 'serious lack of new antibiotics'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new report from the WHO reveals that the current scope of new antibiotic development is far from what is needed to tackle drug resistance.

Sugarcane extract may relieve stress-induced insomnia

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers find that octacosanol - a compound found in sugarcane, beeswax, and wheat germ oil - can restore stress-affected sleep in mice.

Reducing inflammation without lowering cholesterol cuts risk of cardiovascular events

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Inflammatory hypothesis confirmed: Landmark randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients finds that a drug targeting inflammation reduced risk of major adverse cardiovascular events.

Multiple sclerosis: Are we close to a cure?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Discoveries and breakthroughs in multiple sclerosis research are building momentum, but just how close are we to finding a cure? We investigate.

Osteoporosis: Potential new drug target uncovered

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that targeting the body's aging-related cells maintains and increases bone formation and improves bone mass and strength in aging mice.