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AstraZeneca Optimistic About Psoriasis Drug Despite Suicide Risks

August 4, 2015 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Brodalumab is considered to be a potential blockbuster therapy. Read more...

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Japanese Lab to Handle Ebola, Pathogens After 30 Years of Local Opposition

August 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A laboratory built in a Tokyo suburb more than 30 years ago was intended to host work on the world’s most dangerous pathogens. Now, it will finally begin handling Ebola and other dangerous germs, after decades of local opposition relented. Read more...


Pharma Sales to Grow Beyond $1 Trillion by 2018, Says Report

August 4, 2015 10:28 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical R&D productivity is continuing to increase, with a predicted surge in global sales: New findings forecast global pharma sales to reach $1.3 trillion by 2018, up from 2014’s $1 trillion in sales, according to a new analysis. Read more...


Oncology Treatment Offers Significant Opportunities with Largest Pharmaceutical Pipeline

August 4, 2015 9:43 am | by Dominic Trewartha, Managing Analyst, GBI Research | Articles | Comments

The oncology drug pipeline is far larger than any other therapy area across the pharmaceutical industry. Read more...


South Korea to Replace Health Minister after MERS Outbreak

August 4, 2015 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean media have criticized the government for failing to swiftly cope with MERS in the initial stage of its landing in the country. Read more...


Pitt Researchers to Monitor Resistance to HIV Drugs in Africa

August 4, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Roughly 25 million people have HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the global total. Read more...


Nanoparticles Used to Breach Mucus Barrier in Lungs

August 4, 2015 9:03 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Proof-of-concept study conducted in mice a key step toward better treatments for lung diseases - Read more...


Researchers Awarded $14M for Two Precision Health Projects

August 4, 2015 8:26 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

PharmGKB has organized genetic information derived from nearly 10,000 scientific papers and documented nearly 13,000 associations between specific alleles and drug response phenotype. Read more...


Aberdeen Researcher Secures Funding for Much-Needed Dementia Research

August 4, 2015 8:26 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Dementia, which affects nearly 70,000 people in Scotland alone, is a condition associated with memory loss, behavioral changes, communication difficulties and problems with day–to-day tasks. Read more...


GSK's Synflorix Gains Positive Opinion from CHMP for Label Extension

August 4, 2015 8:25 am | News | Comments

This positive opinion was based largely on two post-marketing studies carried out in Finland and Brazil. Read more...


CDC Head Says Sierra Leone in Strong Place with Ebola

August 4, 2015 8:25 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new cases of Ebola surfaced in Sierra Leone's Northern Tonkolili District after a man died last week. Read more...


Common Medications for Dementia Could Cause Harmful Weight Loss

August 3, 2015 11:18 am | by University of California, San Francisco | News | Comments

Medications commonly used to treat dementia could result in harmful weight loss, according to UC San Francisco researchers, and clinicians need to account for this risk when prescribing these drugs to older adults, they said. Read more...


Researcher Discovers Trigger of Deadly Melanoma

August 3, 2015 10:12 am | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

A new Tel Aviv University study published in Molecular Cell sheds light on the precise trigger that causes melanoma cancer cells to transform from non-invasive cells to invasive killer agents, pinpointing the precise place in the process where "traveling" cancer turns lethal. Read more...


Researchers Discover Immune System’s 'Trojan Horse'

August 3, 2015 10:04 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Researchers have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines. Read more...


AstraZeneca, Isis Pharmaceuticals to Develop Antisense Drugs for Cardiovascular, Metabolic and Renal Diseases

August 3, 2015 9:54 am | News | Comments

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and AstraZeneca today announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases. The new collaboration builds on a broad existing relationship between the two companies and supports AstraZeneca's strategic approach in these therapeutic areas using novel RNA-targeted treatments. Read more...


New Hope In Old Vaccines

August 3, 2015 9:52 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE) have reconstructed an ancient virus that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. Read more...



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