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Special Report: Many Stem Cell Clinical Trials for Macular Degeneration

October 31, 2014 11:22 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The most potent stem cells are coming to patients after helping blind (and nearly blind) mice see for years. Read more...                                                  

                              

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Increased Dosing of Malaria Drug in Children May Lower Infection Risk

October 31, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Piperaquine is a long-acting malaria drug that kills residual parasites and decreases the risk of reinfection. A study led by Uppsala University researcher Martin Bergstrand shows that increasing the dose used in children could potentially decrease the yearly incidence of malaria by 70%. Read more... 

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Specialized Therapeutics' Cancer Drug to be PBS Listed

October 31, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Australian biopharmaceutical company Specialized Therapeutics Australia (STA) is announced Abraxane (nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel) in combination with gemcitabine, will be reimbursed via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer from November 1. Read more...

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Making Lab-Grown Tissues Stronger

October 30, 2014 1:30 pm | News | Comments

Lab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to the joints, including articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Read more..                                   

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TNIB to Start 90-Day HIV/AIDS Trial in Nigeria

October 30, 2014 1:16 pm | News | Comments

TNI BioTech Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company involved in the manufacture, distribution and marketing of novel, patented therapies to combat chronic, life-threatening diseases through the activation and modulation of the body's immune system, through its wholly owned subsidiary TNI BioTech International Ltd., announces the initiation of a 90-day bridging trial in Nigeria of Lodonal in patients with HIV/AIDS. Read more...

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FDA Approves Generic Alzheimer's Drug

October 30, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

TWi Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that it has received final approval from the FDA on its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Donepezil Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 23 mg, the generic equivalent to Eisai Inc.'s Aricept 23mg. Read more...     

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‘Treasure in Saliva’ May Reveal Diseases Early Enough to Treat

October 30, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

UCLA research could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diabetes and cancer, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. Read more...

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Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction

October 30, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Read more...                        

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AstraZeneca's Diabetes Treatment Gets FDA Approval

October 30, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced that the FDA has approved once-daily Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release) for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. Read more...                 

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Microsoft Unveils Fitness Gadget, Health Tracking

October 30, 2014 11:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is looking to challenge Apple and Google with its own system for consolidating health and fitness data from various fitness gadgets and mobile apps. Read more...               

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Body Clock Gene May Impact Drug Delivery

October 30, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

A new effort mapping 24-hour patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body. Read more...        

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Research Reveals Fish Are Smarter Than We Thought

October 30, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

The discovery could pave the way for new medical advances in stroke rehabilitation and in treatments for attention deficit disorders. Read more...                        

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NeuroDerm Announces Positive Phase 2 Results of Parkinsons Vaccine

October 30, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

NeuroDerm announced positive phase 2 results for a new Parkinsons vaccine. Read more...                             

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Scientists Aim to Simplify Life Saving Drug

October 30, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

A research team from the University of British Columbia has set out to make the use of Heparin a lot safer by developing a universal antidote. Read more...                

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Pfizer Gains FDA Approval for Meningococcal B Vaccine

October 30, 2014 9:14 am | News | Comments

Pfizer announced that the FDA has granted accelerated approval of a new meningococcal vaccine. Read more...                          

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Funding to Tame Ebola Outbreak Falls Short

October 30, 2014 8:59 am | by Michael Kunzelman and Holbrook Mohr - Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment. Read more...               

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