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DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements

DNA Testing of Herbal Supplements – Is it Worth?

There is a heated debate over the quality of the herbal supplements sold in the market.  With majority retailers making fraud claims about these supplements, it requires stringent rules and regulations for their quality control. A consumer takes a herbal supplement for its purported health benefits, which are attributed to the plant source of the product. He knows that the herbal supplements are derived from a plant source and are, therefore, safe to consume. But, that’s not the complet
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What does a Formulation Scientist do

What does a Formulation Scientist do?

Ever wondered what makes up that tablet you gobble down during a headache? It's not only the active drug but colourants, flavours, binders, and many other ingredients that make up the final product. Some increase the therapeutic properties of the drug, while others aid in the manufacturing process. But, how to determine which products to combine and in what ratio? That's where a formulation scientist comes in. The typical role of a formulation scientist comprise of: Design multivariate
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drug development process

5 Steps of Drug Development Process

It takes nearly 12 years for a new drug to reach the patient from a research lab. This time period is spent to discover and develop the drug to make it fit for human consumption. To know how the drugs are developed before you can buy them from the store; take a look at the steps of drug development process involved in preclinical studies: HANDPICKED RELATED CONTENT:  Are There Any Alternatives to Animal Testing in Preclinical Research? An Insight into Good Laboratory Practices for
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Drug Formulation Forms

What are the Different Forms of Drug Formulation?

Pharmaceutical formulation is the process of combining various chemical substances with the active drug to form a final medicinal product, which is called a drug mixture or drug formulation. A drug formulation can be given to the patient in various forms like solid, semisolid or liquid.  The type of the formulation given depends upon the patient's age, sex, and health condition and is specific for particular routes of administration. Here we give a brief overview of the different forms of
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Why the Pig is a Good Preclinical Model over Rodents for Research on Wound Healing

Why the Pig is a Good Preclinical Model over Rodents for Research on Wound Healing?

All preclinical studies are designed to know the effectiveness of a particular treatment in human beings. With advancements in Science, in vitro studies have gained recognition to provide relevant information in research. But, animal testing continue to prove their utility in preclinical research studies. Rodents are used in maximum studies, but for wound healing research, pigs are considered fit as preclinical models. This is so because rodents differ from humans in a number of anatomical
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Preclinical research studies

Are There Any Alternatives to Animal Testing in Preclinical Research?

The number of animals used in preclinical studies is continuously increasing. Each year millions of experimental animals across the world are sacrificed in the name of scientific research. The pain, distress and death experienced by the animals during scientific experiments have been an issue of debate since long. Besides the major concern of ethics, there are few more disadvantages of using animals for scientific experiments, like requirement of skilled manpower, time consuming protocols, an
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Publication Support Services

Can the Peer Review Process Be Your Publication Support?

After you submit your paper for publication, it undergoes initial screening by the editorial staff of the journal followed by a peer review. Peer review is the process of reviewing and scrutinising your research paper by an expert in the same field. It serves two purposes. Firstly, it determines the scope and originality of the study and thus, acts as a filter to ensure publication of high-quality research. Secondly, it improves the quality of the research manuscripts. Reviewers provide va
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Medical Thesis Writing

Guidelines for Presenting Your Results in Medical Thesis Writing

Correct reporting of your research results is crucial in medical thesis writing. You must avoid any falsification or fabrication of data in the “Results” section. The most important thing to bear in mind is the objective of your research study. Any result that is out of sync with this objective must not be reported, however valuable it might be. Pay attention to the following guidelines for presenting the results of your research study: Use a mixture of text, tables, and figures.
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5 Easy Tips for Responding to the Comments by Peer Reviewers

5 Easy Tips for Responding to the Comments by Peer Reviewers

Once you submit your research paper to the journal of your choice, you have to wait for months to hear the final decision from the journal editor. It is so because your manuscript undergoes initial screening by the journal editor followed by the advanced scrutiny by a peer reviewer. Peer reviewers are essentially experts in their field of study. They improve the quality of your medical manuscript through their comments. As an author, you pray that your manuscript gets accepted. You don't f
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scientific paper writing

The Ethics of Scientific Writing What to Avoid In Writing your Paper

Be a beginner or an experienced researcher scientific writing is not easy for both. Apart from the format, structure, and grammar, there are certain ethical principles to be followed in scientific writing. Since you write scientific papers for advancement in the scientific field, strict adherence to these ethical guidelines is necessary. Therefore, professional organisations like Committee on Publication Ethics and International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) formulate guidelines
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