ATRA & Leukemia

Another cancer treatment success story involves the repurposing of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), a chemical compound historically used in medications that treat severe acne. Though it does not have anti-cancer properties when used alone, ATRA has been combined with traditional chemotherapy and to induce complete remission in 90% of patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The drug combination has […]

Minocyline & Fragile X Syndrome

Repurposed treatments have also been discovered for sufferers of Fragile-X syndrome, a genetic disorder that leads to cognitive disabilities. Many patients with this disease experience anxiety and mood-related symptoms. Minocycline, a common antibiotic used to treat acne and various sexually-transmitted infections, has been proven to decrease these symptoms in Fragile-X patients and is currently undergoing trials to evaluate […]