The Conversation

Most drugs can be used for more than just the disease they were initially designed to treat. For example, disulfiram (brand name Antabuse) was developed to treat parasites but has since been found to be useful for treating alcoholism. It’s much quicker and cheaper to “repurpose” drugs in this wayContinue Reading

Why an antidepressant could be used to treat COVID-19

Volodymyr TVERDOKHLIB/Shutterstock A commonly used drug called fluvoxamine was recently tested as a treatment for COVID-19 in the United States. The 152 patients enrolled in the trial had been confirmed to have COVID-19 using a PCR test, and had seen symptoms appear within the past seven days. Patients who alreadyContinue Reading

Why you need to stay home this Christmas – public health expert

This year, it's safer to celebrate on Zoom. insta_photos/Shutterstock In early November, the UK government put England into its second coronavirus lockdown. With rising infections nationally, strained health services and the threat of yet more deaths, the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, said: “There is no alternative”. An important factorContinue Reading