Experimental drug that alters gut microbiome shows promise for long COVID relief

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Proportion of PACS symptoms alleviation by six months. Credit: The Lancet Infectious Diseases (2023). DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(23)00685-0 A randomized controlled trial in Hong Kong finds that the synbiotic drug SIM01 relieves multiple symptoms of long COVID, or post-acute COVID-19 syndrome (PACS). SIM01 contains strains of anaerobic Bifidobacterium bacteria (which are probiotics) […]

Paxlovid to the rescue? What to know about the COVID-19 drug

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Credit: CC0 Public Domain As the holiday and peak respiratory seasons collide, and COVID-19 cases continue a steady, weeks-long climb, doctors want high-risk people to remember: Should COVID catch them in the coming days, one call to the doctor could save Christmas—or more. Paxlovid, an antiviral COVID therapy given under […]

Pfizer to price Covid drug Paxlovid at $1,390 per course

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Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral medication to treat the coronavirus disease, is displayed in this picture taken on Oct. 7, 2022. Wolfgang Rattay | Reuters Pfizer will price a five-day course of its Covid antiviral drug Paxlovid at $1,390 when the company starts to transition it to the commercial market later this […]

COVID drug helps to bring back sense of smell

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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here. A new drug can alleviate loss of smell and taste caused by COVID-19.Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Clinical-trial data suggest that an antiviral pill called ensitrelvir is among the first treatments […]

Identification of side effects of COVID-19 drug candidates on embryogenesis using an integrated zebrafish screening platform

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Establishing a quantitative screening platform to identify drug effects on embryonic and cardiovascular development One of the earliest initiatives to promote research on drug repurposing to fight COVID-19 was supported by the Medicine For Malaria Venture (MMV). The consortium assembled and freely distributed the Covid Box for research, comprising a […]

Shoppers Drug Mart supports Reconciliation in Healthcare with donation to Women’s College Hospital’s Ganawishkadawe Center for Wise Practices in Indigenous

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The $100,000 donation will support the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals, families and communities. TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, via the Shopper’s Foundation for Women’s Health, Shoppers Drug Mart announced a $100,000 donation to the Ganawishkadawe Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health […]

Tonix’s long COVID drug fails to meet mid-stage trial goal

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The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights Sept 5 (Reuters) – Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (TNXP.O) said on Tuesday its experimental drug failed to meet the primary goal in a mid-stage study […]

Prostate cancer drug shows promise against COVID

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Proxalutamide and remdesivir combination exerts strong synergistic effect in blocking SARS- CoV- 2 infection in iAEC2. (A) Schematic illustration of the study design of the SARS-CoV-2 bioassay on iAEC2 cells. (B) Combination matrix of proxalutamide and remdesivir in inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 alpha strain infection. (C) Bliss synergy score of proxalutamide […]

BioNTech reduces drug development spend as COVID vaccine sales plunge

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The logo of BioNTech is pictured at Biontech’s research laboratory for individualised vaccines against cancer in Mainz, Germany, July 27, 2023. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo FRANKFURT, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s BioNTech (22UAy.DE), Pfizer’s (PFE.N) partner on COVID-19 vaccines, cut its drug development budget for this year after quarterly revenues were […]

Drug discovery processes against COVID-19 complication

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Long COVID: What is it? Also referred to as post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC), “long COVID” is a commonly-used term that is deployed to describe the multisystemic symptoms and complications that some sufferers of COVID-19 experience after a severe infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some people continue to experience symptoms […]

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