Although the average person may not know about Pharmacology when compared to Chemistry, the field is a cornerstone of medicine development. Pharmacologists act as the first “beta testers” for new compounds. New drugs cannot go on to be evaluated by toxicologists or microbiologists without approval from pharmacologists. Almost every example of modern medicine we have today is in part due their work. And they continue to make new achievements today. Here are 3 new ways that Pharmacology is improving people’s lives.
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Pharmacologists Working to End Long-Term Pain
Millions of people live with chronic pain. Currently, there are no effective long-term treatments for chronic pain. The best that sufferers can hope for is partially effective treatment with minimal side effects. However, this may be changing. Pharmacology researchers at Monash University in Australia are developing a new approach to pain treatment. Previously, pain medication attempted to block the NK1 receptor only on the surface of the cell. Researchers recently discovered it may be more effective to block the protein once it is in inside the cell. As a result of this finding, they developed a new drug delivery strategy.
Pharmacologists Working on Ways to End Blood Platelet Shortages and Save Babies
The American Red Cross holds blood drives all across the country. Yet it never seems to be enough. Many hospitals are desperately low on vital blood and platelets. So it’s a big deal that pharmacologists at the University of Virginia have uncovered a “master switch” that they believe will allow doctors to produce platelets outside of the body. If this holds true, it could mean the end to blood platelet shortages. This is especially relevant for newborns with neonatal thrombocytopenia, a condition that inhibits platelet production.
Pharmacologists Bringing About Complete Remission for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
The complete cure for cancer is still a long ways away. But there’s new hope for remission for sufferers of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (LCC). Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine have discovered a breakthrough. Combining the kinase inhibitor ibrutinib with cellular therapy CTL119 has led to complete remission of the cancer. They will present the findings of this study at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Discoveries like these give wonderful hope for the future of medicine and pharmacologists can’t make these kinds of findings without the right kind of tools. For example, the excellent benefits offered by a dedicated chemical database. The right database helps save time and effort, and gets pharmacologists working faster on the data they need. ToxPlanet offers an extensive collection of chemical databases that is easy to access and navigate. Our content is up-to-date and relevant. And because we search by the chemical’s CAS number, you can trust that you have access to all the relevant literature you need. If you want to try out ToxPlanet for yourself, request a free 15-day trial today.