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Potential anticancer agent found through Phentolamine repurposing

The scientific journal The Prostate just published research on a new potential anticancer agent found through repurposing of phentolamine. Phentolamine is an alpha blocker; when given by injection, it causes blood vessels to expand, thereby increasing blood flow. It is used commercially to treat hypertension and erectile dysfunction under the names OraVerse and Regitine in the United States. […]

Researchers Finding New Uses for Old Vaccines

Dr. Denise Faustmann, the director of immunobiology at Mass General and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, is repurposing the common tuberculosis vaccine BCG. Faustmann is currently working on treating Type 1 diabetes with the vaccine, and has two upcoming clinical trials possible with help from Cures Within Reach. Additionally, this treatment may also be useful for other autoimmune […]

Drugs to treat Ebola may have been on pharmacy shelves all along

Though the 2014 ebola outbreak has been relatively contained, there is still no vaccine or treatment specifically built for the disease. Since the drug development process can take over a decade, medical personnel faced with emergency outbreaks often face this problem. However, repurposing research at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has […]

New treatment for middle ear infection found in anti-stroke drug

Middle ear infection is the most common cause of bacterial infection, as well as conductive hearing loss, during a child’s critical period for speech development. With increased and inappropriate use of antibiotics leading to bacterial resistance, the emergence of a new non-antibiotic treatment is spectacular news. Researchers at Georgia State University have found that vinpocetine, […]

How aspirin fights colorectal cancer

Aspirin, which is commonly repurposed for several different uses, has been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. However, a new study at the University of Minnesota has elucidated just how the drug is able to do so. A tissue growth factor known as EGFR is often overexpressed in patients with colorectal cancer, and aspirin […]

Repurposed anti-cholesterol drug could improve treatment-resistant anemias

For years, physicians and researchers have been searching for a treatment that helps patients suffering from Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a bone marrow failure syndrome that affects only 25-35 children per year in America. Since it is resistant to treatments commonly used for anemia, many must rely on glucocorticoid treatments with harsh side effects, with many […]

The anti-obesity drug Belviq may be repurposed for treatment of cocaine abuse

Since its approval by the FDA in 2013, Belviq® has been used to successfully treat patients with obesity by acting on serotonin receptors in the brain to increase feelings of satiety. However, the drug was recently used in studies at the University of Texas on rhesus monkeys who were addicted to cocaine, as the addiction/reward pathway is closely […]

Tapeworm drug deemed effective at curbing MRSA

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an antibiotic-resistant infection that has historically been difficult to treat. However, studies at Brown University and Rhode Island hospitals have proven that an FDA-approved drug used to treat tapeworm was able to curb growth of MRSA bacteria in vitro and in nematode populations. Since it has already been approved and its […]

Repurposed experimental cancer drug restores brain function in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease

Currently undergoing clinical trials, the drug saracatinib, which was originally developed for cancer, is being repurposed as a treatment for Alzheimer’s. Animal testing at the Yale University School of Medicine showed a decrease in memory loss and reversal of brain damage caused by the mouse model of the disease. After obtaining the drug from AstraZeneca, researchers were able […]

Viagra may help cure malaria, research suggests

Viagra, which was originally created to treat chest pain and later marketed for erectile dysfunction, has been repurposed before. But recent research has discovered yet another possible use for the drug: treatment of malaria. The most deadly strain of the disease causes harm by causing cells to secrete certain “camouflage” chemicals that fool the immune […]