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Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

March 3, 2015 4:22 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to convince more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. Read more...

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Experts “Say No” to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's patients

March 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report. Read more...

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A New Stem Cell Advance

March 3, 2015 12:03 pm | by Hannah Robbins, Harvard | News | Comments

Collaborating with scientists from New York, Toronto, and Tokyo, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have devised two methods for using stem cells to generate the type of neurons that help regulate behavioral and basic physiological functions in the human body, such as obesity and hypertension, as well as sleep, mood, and some social disorders. Read more...

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Investigational Therapy Could Attack Cause of Sickle Cell Crises

March 3, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

Treatment for painful episodes of blood vessel obstruction in sickle cell anemia is currently limited to controlling pain, but an investigational therapy might be able to interfere with the underlying cause of these events, known as vaso-occlusion crises, researchers at Duke Medicine report. Read more...

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Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

March 3, 2015 11:32 am | News | Comments

In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their state’s program at all. Read more...

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New FDA Official Inherits Raft of Projects, Challenges

March 3, 2015 10:58 am | by Matthew Perrone and Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading medical researchers joined the Food and Drug Administration on Monday, taking on the agency's No. 2 leadership job at a critical juncture for prescription drugs, medical devices and tobacco products. Read more...

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Increased Use of Tissue Data in Oncology: Enhancing Diagnostics, Cutting Costs & Improving Patient Lives

March 3, 2015 10:43 am | by Ralf Huss, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Definiens | Articles | Comments

New research by market research firm Frost & Sullivan revealed that the increased use of clinical tools such as in vitro tissue analysis, biomarker tests and cancer screening are causing oncologic imaging to shift away from invasive to non- or minimally-invasive methods, which can result in better real-time monitoring of tumors without damaging tissues. Read more...

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Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral Load Assay in Select Markets

March 3, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The new assay offers broad coverage of all known Hepatitis B (HBV) genotypes (A-H) with high sensitivity, across all critical medical decision points. Read more...                

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Oncolytics' Cancer Treatment

March 3, 2015 9:03 am | News | Comments

Oncolytics has supported two sponsored clinical studies assessing reolysin in the treatment of peritoneal cancers. Read more...                     

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Australian Virus Might be Answer to Effective Ebola Vaccine

March 3, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

The study is one of the latest efforts in the worldwide race to find an effective Ebola vaccine. Read more...                         

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Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

March 3, 2015 8:52 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Study has implications for understanding genesis of emerging diseases. Read more...                             

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

March 3, 2015 8:46 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. Read more...                     

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As Ebola Wanes, Other Countries Remain Vulnerable

March 3, 2015 8:41 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arriving airline passengers lined up outdoors to have their temperatures checked, the screens in the nighttime darkness like glowing lightning bugs. Read more...                

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Amgen Announces Results of Phase 3 Head-to-Head Study of Drugs for Multiple Myeloma

March 2, 2015 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Patients receiving one of the medications that was tested lived twice as long without disease progression. Read more...                       

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J&J Announces Binding Offer from Cardinal Health to Acquire Cordis

March 2, 2015 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The deal breaks down to an aggregate value of $1.99 billion. Read more...

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