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thalidomide

thuh li duh mahyd

  • n  a sedative and hypnotic drug; withdrawn from sale after discovered to cause severe birth defects because it inhibits angiogenesis

  • Last week, only a few months after thalidomide was denounced as the cause of the worst medical disaster in history, the drug was being hailed in Israel as a possible treatment .
  • The deforming effects of thalidomide on unborn children have been known for almost seven years, and the drug's manufacturers are even now on trial in Alsdorf, Germany (PTI, Sept .
  • After thalidomide's catastrophic debut, scientists found that the deformities occurred because the drug prevented the formation of new blood vessels.
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  • Nicola Sturgeon in BBC News
    Ms Sturgeon said: "After discussions with the Thalidomide Trust, the Scottish government have committed £3.4m to assist the survivors of thalidomide. Half a century later, the survivors of thalidomide are still battling against the disabilities the...
  • Richard Smalley in Greentech Media
    My guess is that this won't become a big issue unless there is a thalidomide event,Smalley said. "We will have to see in the rear-view mirror that we are past the peak in worldwide oil production."
  • Prince Charles in Taipei Times
    Referring to the thalidomide disaster, he [Carroll] says it `would be surprising if nanotechnology did not offer similar upsets unless appropriate care and humility is observed,'wrote Prince Charles.

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