There is a growing need for more efficacious retinal degenerative disease treatment as the population ages and there is mounting exposure to common causes.
These latest TSCA reform efforts reflect a current trend among federal agencies to increase regulatory oversight of commercial industries. Failing to comply with new standards can be costly and, in some cases, deadly.
Following the explosion of biomedical understanding over the last few decades, researchers have begun to develop biologic therapies for diseases. Understanding the biologics regulatory pathway will help researchers utilize emerging technology while ensuring that their new therapies meet necessary standards at every step of the process.
There is a growing body of research highlighting the unique properties of cancer stem cells and scientists can use this information to design biologic drugs that exploit CSC properties in order to provide more effective treatment strategies for cancer.
Nanocarriers may be able to deliver medication for a variety of mental and neurological disorders, which will be a breakthrough for many drug-resistant and otherwise untreatable illnesses.
The FDA approved an active hemostatic agent called Raplixa for use in surgery in April 2015. Hemostatic agents may be considered either mechanical or active. Mechanical agents prevent bleeding by forming a mechanical barrier, whereas active hemostats contain active biological materials.
Cancer cells are often present in the body without ever turning into full-blown cancer. In theory, the body has natural mechanisms which seek out and destroy cancer cells. It truly becomes “cancer” when cancer cells are able to evade immune detection and destruction, and set up camp within the body. […]
Almost every researcher has been in the situation where, halfway through an assay, he realizes that he doesn’t have the chemical he needs for the next step. Not only does this leave him tearing his hair out in frustration, it can be a major drain on lab resources. Especially in […]
Arsenic, while more infamously linked to poisons, has historically been considered an essential element for human nutrition and to have medicinal qualities, such as in the treatment of ulcers and sleeping sickness. However, in light of recent studies concerning the safety of arsenic in rice-based products, the FDA has offered draft guidance on the amount of inorganic arsenic found in infant rice cereal.
In mid-June, researchers reported that they were able to use next-generation sequencing to diagnose suspected brain infections, which are often arduous and complicated to diagnose. After taking biopsies of brain lesions, a metagenomic analysis was performed on the tissue. In a number of the patients, this lead to individualized precision treatment based on the bacteria identified. With all of the specialized disciplines surrounding populations of cells/organisms and the functioning parts within cells, researchers have multitudes of information at their disposal—now what?