Tagged: clinical trials

Is it time to drop “complete the course” message for antibiotics? - News

Jean Balchin Jul 27, 2017

The commonly held belief that patients should “complete the course” of antibiotics to avoid antibiotic resistance is not backed by evidence and should be dropped, argue experts in The BMJ (The British Medical Journal) today. According to Professor Martin Llewelyn at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and colleagues, patients are actually put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given … Read More

What is your number? - Kidney Punch

John Pickering May 22, 2015

Last night I had the honour to speak following the AGM of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF).  The CMRF are a fantastic organisation I’ve talked about before.  They are also one of three sponsors of my current research fellowship.  What I talked about was volunteers and clinical trials.  Two days ago the world celebrated Clinical […] … Read More

Is there such a thing as tattoo removal cream, or is it a scam? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 20, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I saw an offer on the online deal site Yazoom for a 12 month supply of tattoo removal cream (Lazer Cream) for $130. While there is the usual ‘*Results may vary’ disclaimer, the photos look pretty impressive. While I don’t actually have any tattoos, the only method for removing them I have … Read More

How will the End of the World affect clinical trials? - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Dec 21, 2012

Yes, sure, my first response was also ‘not well – dead patients are often difficult test subjects on which to continue clinical trials’. Thankfully, however, the Canadian Medical Association Journal has looked more deeply into this most pressing of issues.… Read more › … Read More

Hope for Type I diabetics - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Nov 23, 2012

Living Cells Technology have announced the beginning of phase II trials of their product for helping Type I diabetics (they call it DIABECELL).  The idea behind the technology is to inject cells (called islet cells – normally present in the pancreas) that can sense glucose levels and release insulin.  LCT has managed to isolate these … Continue reading » … Read More

Clinical trials – New Zealand is missing the boat - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 21, 2011

I’m at the NZBio conference in Auckland over the next couple of days, so in a good position to see what is preoccupying the country’s biotechnology sector. One simmering issue has already been aired – the ad hoc and often ineffective way we approach conducting clinical trials of drugs and treatments in New Zealand. According to scientists, “big pharma” representatives … Read More