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Category list : Research and evaluation

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  • Limited success for AIDS vaccine but there is hope for some ethnic groups Subscription

    7 MAR 2003 8:54

    Vaxgen has reported a low overall success rate for its vaccine, Aidsvax, in a study designed to test how well the vaccine prevents HIV infection. Black and Asian subgroups, however, showed a better response than the study population as a whole.

  • From sparks and smells to Nobel prize Subscription

    26 JUN 2004 0:00

    This week The Journal publishes details of the British Pharmaceutical Conference to be held in Manchester from 27 to 29 September. Sir Harry Kroto, one of this year’s invited speakers, talks to Harriet Adcock (on the staff of The Journal) about his career and concerns for the future of science education and research

  • Innovative database to be further developed

    1 JAN 2005 0:00

    Pharmaceutical manufacturing: a database has been designed to support quality assurance and management processes

  • Joint Pharmaceutical Analysis Group

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Applying new analytical technologies A comprehensive assessment of DNA microarray technology and its applications in drug discovery was presented by Colin Smith, professor of functional genomics at the University of Surrey. He said that conventional gene expression (transcription) tediously involves isolation of one gene string

  • Looking into the pharmaceutical future

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Which compounds now in development will become useful future treatments?

  • Lack of awareness of cancer risks highlighted

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    People know that stopping smoking reduces the risk of getting cancer but far fewer are aware of the importance of other lifestyle factors. This is the finding of a survey conducted by Cancer Research UK to mark its latest public health campaign called “Reduce the risk”.

  • Hormone replacement therapy not recommended for stroke prevention

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cannot be recommended for the primary or secondary prevention of stroke, a meta-analysis suggests. Researchers reviewed 28 randomised controlled trials and concluded that HRT is associated with an increased risk of stroke, in particular ischaemic stroke.

  • Pregnancy risk higher for overweight oral contraceptive users

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Obesity may increase the risk of becoming pregnant while using oral contraceptives, say US researchers. They compared the body mass index of 248 women who became pregnant while using oral contraceptives between 1998 and 2001 with those of 533 women who used oral contraceptives but did not become pregnant.

  • Paracetamol infusion given the green light in Scotland

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Paracetamol infusion (Perfalgan), launched last year (PJ, 24 April 2004, p498), has been given the green light for use within NHS Scotland by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

  • Evidence lacking on adherence to combination drugs

    15 JAN 2005 0:00

    Reliable evidence about the impact of combination drugs on patient adherence is lacking, say researchers, providing companies with little incentive to invest in such products.

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