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FDA Approves BMS's Lung Cancer Drug

March 4, 2015 3:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday expanded approval of an innovative Bristol-Myers Squibb drug to treat the most common form of lung cancer. Read more...                

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Diplomat to Dispense Novartis Psoriasis Drug

March 4, 2015 12:53 pm | News | Comments

This drug was approved in January by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. Read more...                  

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Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Reports Clinical and Regulatory Milestones

March 4, 2015 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals announced achievement of several clinical and regulatory milestones. Read more...                         

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Scientists Find Clues to Cancer Drug Failures

March 4, 2015 12:35 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Cancer patients fear the possibility that one day their cells might start rendering many different chemotherapy regimens ineffective. Read more...                   

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Liberia Calls for Ebola 'Marshall Plan' to Rebuild Economies

March 4, 2015 12:26 pm | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's president on Tuesday called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus. Read more...                  

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Study Shows Who Benefits Most from Statins

March 4, 2015 12:13 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

New research suggests that widely used statin therapy provides the most benefit to patients with the highest genetic risk of heart attack. Read more...                  

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FDA Warning: Men's Testosterone Drugs Overused

March 3, 2015 4:41 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The agency says drugmakers must clearly state in their labeling and promotions that the drugs. Read more...                         

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Protein May Be Key to Cancer's Deadly Resurgences

March 3, 2015 4:38 pm | by UCSF | News | Comments

Tumor recurrence following a period of remission is the main cause of death in cancer. The ability of cancer cells to remain dormant during and following therapy, only to be reactivated at a later time, frequently with greater aggressiveness, is one of the least-understood aspects of the disease. Read more...

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Array Announces Completion Of Binimetinib, Encorafenib Transactions

March 3, 2015 4:37 pm | News | Comments

Array will receive $85 million upfront payment from Novartis. Read more...                              

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Adults Only Really Catch Flu About Twice a Decade: Study

March 3, 2015 4:29 pm | by Public Library of Science | News | Comments

Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study published in PLOS Biology suggests. Read more...                                         

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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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