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FDA Investigates Stem Cell Clinics Selling Suspicious Treatments

February 8, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration launched a plan today to crack down on stem cell clinics claiming they offer treatments for a variety of diseases, with questionable proof. Read more...


Novartis Heart Failure Ad Gets Negative Reviews from Doctors, Patients

February 8, 2016 4:16 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

‘Alarming. Horrifying.’ These are some of the adjectives used to describe a recently launched Novartis TV and advertising campaign for heart failure drug, Entresto. Read more...


NICE Recommends Amgen's Cholesterol Drug Over Sanofi's

February 8, 2016 4:09 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Repatha and Praluent belong to a drug class called PCKS9 inhibitors, which are injectables for lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Read more...


Medicine Safety 'Needs International Coordination'

February 8, 2016 2:39 pm | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Harmful drugs stayed on the market for longer in Africa than in any other continent. Read more...


Honey's Potential to Save Lives By Destroying Harmful Fungus

February 8, 2016 2:31 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

The healing powers of honey have been known for thousands of years. Read more...


Head, Neck Cancer Market to Quadruple to $1.53B by 2024

February 8, 2016 2:22 pm | by Amy Yip, Ph.D., Oncology Analyst, GlobalData | News | Comments

The release of new immuno-oncology agents, particularly immune checkpoint inhibitors, has created much interest of late. Read more...


The Growing Menance of HPV-related Throat and Mouth Cancers

February 8, 2016 11:46 am | by Dalhousie University | News | Comments

There's a new cancer epidemic on the rise. It's an aggressive throat and mouth cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the same sexually transmitted virus that leads to cervical cancer—but it's affecting mostly men in the prime of their lives. Read more...


Muscles On-a-Chip Provide Insight into Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies

February 8, 2016 11:39 am | News | Comments

Stem cell-derived heart muscle cells may fail to effectively replace damaged cardiac tissue because they don't contract strongly enough, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. Read more...


Brazil Considers Reforming Biosecurity Law Amid Criticism

February 8, 2016 8:22 am | by Jenny Barchfield and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples. Read more...


Mersana, Takeda Expand Partnership to Advance Development of Antibody Drug Conjugates

February 8, 2016 8:18 am | News | Comments

XMT-1522 is an investigational, Fleximer-based ADC therapy that targets HER2-expressing tumors. Read more...


Karolinska University to Investigate Stem-Cell Scientist

February 8, 2016 8:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweden's Karolinska University said it is commissioning an external investigation into stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini. Read more...


First MERS Autopsy Reveals Critical Information

February 8, 2016 8:10 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ebola and now Zika are two viruses that have monopolized headlines for two years. But the Middle East respiratory syndrome is a potentially deadly contagion also on the radar of health officials worldwide. Read more...


Australia's Painkiller Use Increased Four-Fold in 10 Years

February 8, 2016 8:05 am | by University of New South Wales | News | Comments

Researchers say cancer-related pain in the ageing population and chronic pain have driven a 400 percent increase in the use of common opioid painkillers in Australia over the past decade. Read more...


Why It's Wrong to Compare Zika to Ebola

February 8, 2016 8:04 am | by Clare Wenham, London School of Economics and Political Science, The Conversation | News | Comments

Only one in five of those infected experiences flu like symptoms, which rarely require hospitalization. Read more...


FDA Rejects Expanded Use of Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Drug

February 5, 2016 11:10 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied the expanded use of Vertex Pharmaceutical Inc's bestseller, Kalydeco, in certain cystic fibrosis patients, the company said on Friday. Read more..


Dogs Could Accelerate Advance of New Cancer Treatments for Both Pets and People

February 5, 2016 11:05 am | by The Translational Genomics Research Institute | News | Comments

Science Translational Medicine review suggests integrating dogs with naturally occurring cancers into studies of new drug therapeutics could result in better treatments for our four-legged friends while helping inform therapeutic development for human cancers. Read more...



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