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UTIs: Ibuprofen an Unsafe Alternative to Antibiotics

Ibuprofen, given instead of antibiotics to women with uncomplicated urinary tract infection, (cystitis), leads to longer duration of symptoms and more serious adverse events related to the spread of the primary infection, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine by Ingvild Vik et al. from the University of Oslo, Norway.

New Drug Approved For Anemia Cure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Retacrit (epoetin alfa-epbx) as a biosimilar to Epogen/Procrit (epoetin alfa) for the treatment of anemia caused by chronic kidney disease, chemotherapy, or use of zidovudine in patients with HIV infection. Retacrit is also approved for use before and after surgery to reduce the chance that red blood cell transfusions will be needed because of blood loss during surgery.

Role of a Molecule in Combating Common Cold Virus

Researchers have lab-tested a molecule that can combat the common cold virus by preventing it from hijacking human cells. Early lab-based tests with human cells have shown the molecule's ability to completely block multiple strains of the cold virus, and the team hope to move to animal and then human trials. The results of initial tests are published today in the journal Nature Chemistry.

Anaesthesia in austere environments Relevant To Distant Space Missions

The ability to provide anaesthesia will be important given the expected risk of severe medical events requiring surgery. Knowledge and experience of such procedures during space missions is currently extremely limited. Future space exploration missions will take humans far beyond low Earth orbit and require complete crew autonomy. Austere and isolated environments have been used extensively as test beds for spaceflight to probe hazards and countermeasures for prospective space missions.