Toward safer stem cell transplants

For cancer patients, the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplants can be a game changer in terms of treatment and recovery. However, most people need to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiation before transplants become an option. A new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, sheds…

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New report finds COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic shifts in prescription drug spending

BETHESDA, Md. — The COVID-19 pandemic heavily influenced spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. in 2020, according to the ASHP’s (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) National Trends in Prescription Drug Expenditures and Projections for 2021. Shifts in care related to the pandemic will continue to be a significant driver of drug expenditures in 2021,…

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Ingredient in Indian long pepper shows promise against brain cancer in animal models

PHILADELPHIA–Piperlongumine, a chemical compound found in the Indian Long Pepper plant (Piper longum), is known to kill cancerous cells in many tumor types, including brain tumors. Now an international team including researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has illuminated one way in which the piperlongumine works in animal models…

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