Drug discovery and development

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    Obesity – at what cost

    1 March 2009

    Do drugs have a part to play in controlling obesity?

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    Antimalarial drugs

    1 January 2009

    Approximately one million people die annually from malaria worldwide. Tragically, 90 per cent of these deaths are among the under-fives in sub-Saharan Africa, who have little if any access to adequate healthcare. Drugs are used to treat the disease but parasitic resistance to these drugs is growing, so what is ...

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    A day in the life of a trainee patent attorney: David Carling

    1 January 2009

    David has spent the past six months working as a trainee patent attorney for Potter Clarkson LLP. He talks to Rachel Bolton-King about his typical day

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    Librium and Valium - anxious times

    1 September 2008

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leo Sternbach, discoverer of the anti-anxiety drugs Librium and Valium

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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 ...