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Researchers are finding more targeted ways to get drugs directly to the source of life-threatening diseases within our bodies

Researchers are finding more targeted ways to get drugs directly to the source of life-threatening diseases within our bodies

Working in the pharmaceutical industry for nine years, Dr. Bill Williams became increasingly frustrated as he saw new drugs being developed to treat life-threatening diseases only to see them discontinued because the medicine wasn’t getting to the disease site. He decided to change jobs and do something about the problem. Dr. Bill Williams of the…   » Continue Reading

From research lab to bedside, scientists and doctors collaborate to conquer childhood diseases

From research lab to bedside, scientists and doctors collaborate to conquer childhood diseases

During the last century, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin played a large role in eliminating the nutritional deficiency diseases that were devastating to children’s development with discoveries of vitamins like B5 and B6 and folic acid. Today, a multi-disciplinary group of university researchers from the College of Pharmacy and College of Natural…   » Continue Reading

Pain is often undertreated or untreated, sometimes leading to harmful side effects, researchers say

Pain is often undertreated or untreated, sometimes leading to harmful side effects, researchers say

Let’s talk about pain. Dull, sharp, aching, gnawing, stinging, nagging, throbbing, pounding, shooting, stabbing, radiating, searing, tearing, pinching, suffocating, splitting, crushing, wrenching, I-can’t-stand-it-anymore agonizing pain. The fact is pain is often undertreated in this country and many people suffer unnecessarily, say University of Texas at Austin researchers. Dr. Scott Strassels of the College of Pharmacy…   » Continue Reading

Painful economic downturn brings increased use of self-care health methods, but researchers advise caution

Painful economic downturn brings increased use of self-care health methods, but researchers advise caution

To Cure What Ails You: A 43-year-old patient with well-controlled blood pressure replaced her prescriptions with a cheaper herbal treatment, a liquid containing an extract from a small fruit-bearing tree known as zapote blanco. Four months later, she ended up in an El Paso emergency room with stage IV hypertension. This is just one of the cases that University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy experts follow as the economy sours and more and more people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and alternative medicines such as herbals to treat their illnesses–sometimes putting their health at risk.

Resilience is key to thriving rather than just surviving, says expert

Resilience is key to thriving rather than just surviving, says expert

Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center sees, treats and studies about 80,000 adult and pediatric patients a year. If you ask a doctor there how most patients handle the battle with cancer, you’ll find that it’s a little like asking how most people handle marriage or getting an MBA.

Enduring friendships at the heart of pharmacy program pairing students with elderly people

Enduring friendships at the heart of pharmacy program pairing students with elderly people

<a href="#photos”>AUDIO SLIDE SHOW Steven and “Mr. B” chat about sports and play dominoes like old friends—never even thinking about the 81-year difference in their ages. The 21-year-old University of Texas at Austin student and 102-year-old retired geologist are part of an innovative program created to help College of Pharmacy students learn more about the…   » Continue Reading