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Proving Psychoactive Drugs are Healthy

February 10, 2016 | by Tina Amirtha, The Guardian | News | Comments

Finding safe, new uses for psychoactive drugs, well-known chemical compounds that can alter the mind, is a fashionable occupation for a niche group of tech enthusiasts called biohackers. Read more...

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Researchers Discover Genetic Mutation Preventing Diabetes Complications

February 10, 2016 11:45 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

The most significant complications of diabetes include diabetic retinal disease, or retinopathy, and diabetic kidney disease, or nephropathy. Read more...

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Ex-Google VP to Run Early-Cancer Detection Firm

February 10, 2016 10:32 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The startup's goal is to perfect liquid biopsies that can find cancer before it develops. Read more...

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Researchers Develop 'LIGHTSABR'— A Cheap, Portable Drug-Discovery System

February 10, 2016 10:08 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Screening large “libraries” of compounds to find those with a desired biological activity is a powerful method for discovering new drugs, but requires a large, expensive and dedicated facility. Now, scientists at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised the central component of a screening system that would be orders of magnitude smaller and cheaper. Read more..

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Data Show Stiolto Respimat Improved Lung Function Across Range of Measures

February 10, 2016 9:58 am | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced the publication of data that show Stiolto Respimat improved lung function across a range of measures compared to a European formulation of a combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA), salmeterol, and an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), fluticasone propionate. Read more...

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Study Shows Promising Safety Results for Anti-aging Drug

February 10, 2016 9:47 am | by Texas Biomedical Research Institute | News | Comments

The search for the fountain of youth led to a 2009 discovery that a drug called rapamycin was shown to extend the lifespan of mice. Since that time, studies on the metabolic side effects of rapamycin have made it unclear whether the drug is safe as a long-term treatment. Read more...

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Robotically Driven System Could Reduce Cost of Discovering Drug and Target Interactions

February 10, 2016 9:41 am | by eLife | News | Comments

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have created the first robotically driven experimentation system to determine the effects of a large number of drugs on many proteins, reducing the number of necessary experiments by 70 percent. Read more...

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FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Remicade Biosimilar

February 10, 2016 8:58 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday recommended approval of a biosimilar version of Remicade (infliximab), the arthritis treatment manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. The product CT-P13 (branded Remsima/Inflectra outside the U.S.) would be marketed by South Korea’s Celltrion, and Pfizer. Read more...

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China Reports First Case of Imported Zika Virus

February 10, 2016 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery. Read more...

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India Launches Campaign for Deworming Millions of Children

February 10, 2016 8:26 am | by Ashok Sharma, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of Indian children are getting deworming treatment in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical development. Read more...

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Researchers Identify Most Dangerous Strains of Often-deadly Bacteria

February 9, 2016 10:17 am | by University of Maryland School of Medicine | News | Comments

A multi-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have for the first time determined the genetic makeup of various strains of E. coli, which every year kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Read more...

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Predicting Who Will Develop Multiple Sclerosis

February 9, 2016 10:14 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has launched a study of individuals at risk for multiple sclerosis (MS). Read more...

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CVS Meets 4Q Profit Forecasts, Reaffirms 2016 Outlook

February 9, 2016 10:03 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CVS Health's fourth-quarter profit rose 13 percent, as acquisition gains helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager meet Wall Street's earnings expectations. Read more...

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CVS Meets 4Q Profit Forecasts, Reaffirms 2016 Outlook

February 9, 2016 10:03 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CVS Health's fourth-quarter profit rose 13 percent, as acquisition gains helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager meet Wall Street's earnings expectations. Read more...

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Senator Scrutinizes Pharma Links on Government Pain Panel

February 9, 2016 9:55 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is scrutinizing links between pharmaceutical companies and government advisers who recently criticized efforts to reduce painkiller prescribing. Read more...

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Opioids Could Lower Suicide Risk, Suggests Early Study

February 9, 2016 9:46 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Results from a preliminary trial suggests low doses of a common painkiller could help treat emotional pain as well as physical. Read more...

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