Could a bottle of pills in your medicine cabinet aid in the fight against tomorrow's health problems? Scientists think they could.
Using publicly accessible databases, researchers have developed a method of predicting the unexpected benefits of existing drugs, and how they might be repurposed for treating seemingly unrelated diseases.
Just this year, a team of researchers discovered that a commonly prescribed arthritis medication was effective in the treatment of melanoma in animal models. It sounds incredible, but examples of science finding new uses for old drugs are numerous. ScienceNOW's Kai Kupferschmidt reports: