Drug discovery and development

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    Artemisinin and a new generation of antimalarial drugs

    1 July 2006

    Every year between one and two million people - mainly children - living in the tropics and subtropics die of malaria.

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    Pain relief: from coal tar to paracetamol

    1 July 2005

    Analgesics, ie pain-relieving drugs, fall into two categories: those that also reduce body temperature in fevers (antipyretics), and those that act mainly on the brain - typically morphine and diamorphine/heroin. Here we consider members of the first group, particularly those once designated 'coal tar analgesics'. Paracetamol, our most popular over-the-counter ...