Category Archives: Clinical Trials & Research

Gut microbiome and mental health linked

The relationship between the gut microbiome and mental health, including how gut bacteria can regulate mood, is explored in a new study by researchers in France. Depression is one of the leading mental health disorders affecting millions of people all over the world. One of the challenges with developing effective treatments for depression is understanding…

Key features of SARS-CoV-2 infection

New research develops vital animal model of SARS-CoV-2 to help identify the key features of infection. The development of effective therapies to treat COVID-19 is a problem of immense global significance. However, one of the key steps in the development of a novel therapeutic is the development of a reliable animal model that can be…

Potential use of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment

Researchers are investigating the potential of the broad spectrum anti-microbial ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment. As the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, continues to spread around the world, researchers are looking for candidate drugs to use as potential therapies. Repurposing drugs already in use for other infections could allow a quicker route to finding…

Could a Mediterranean diet lower stress levels?

Early animal studies demonstrate reduced stress levels with a Mediterranean diet. According to the American Physiological Association, some of the highest perceived stress in the world was reported by Americans. Stress can contribute to negative effects in both personal and work lives and can increase risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease. The…

Can life-saving drugs be developed from the beetroot?

Study finds beetroot peptide may be useful in developing anti-inflammatory drugs. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Almost 50% of drugs have been developed from natural products. For example, aspirin is derived from willow bark, and the anti-cancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine were developed from the rosy-periwinkle flower. Other important life-saving drugs…

Can the plant compound apigenin decrease Down syndrome deficits?

Researchers studied the effects of apigenin on mice with Down syndrome. Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy or piece of chromosome 21, but the cause is unknown. Scientists believe that inflammation to the fetal brain may cause decreased brain growth, which leads to intellectual and developmental delays.  Recently a team of doctors…

21 existing drugs identified as possible treatment for coronavirus – Medical News Bulletin

The replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be prevented by several existing drugs, according to a global team of scientists.  Due to the lengthy vaccination development process, repositioning clinically evaluated drugs has been recognised as a practical strategy for identifying treatments of new infectious diseases like COVID-19. A range of clinical studies…

Is turmeric antiviral? – Medical News Bulletin

Researchers in China investigated the antiviral properties of curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric. There is much research interest in the potential antiviral properties of naturally occurring compounds used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other alternative therapies. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, inhibits the growth of some types of viruses…