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Study Offers Clue to Link Between Swine Flu Shot, Narcolepsy

July 1, 2015 4:21 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect - the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened. Read more...

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Bowel Cancer Risk Reduced by Taking Aspirin for Lynch Syndrome Patients

July 1, 2015 4:09 pm | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

This is the largest study to date investigating the associations between aspirin, ibuprofen and bowel cancer risk for people with Lynch syndrome. Read more...

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Novo Nordisk to Cease Distribution of Tresiba in Germany

July 1, 2015 3:59 pm | News | Comments

The decision to cease distribution of Tresiba in Germany has no implications for the other countries where the product is available. Read more...

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Cancer Surgery or Biospy Collection Could Influence Disease Progression

July 1, 2015 3:53 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists studying the body’s inflammatory response to wounds following cancer surgery or biopsy have found that these procedures may cause growth signals to be delivered to any remaining cancer or pre-cancerous cells which may negatively influence disease progression. Read more...

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Recent Drug Approvals will Boost Parkinson's Disease Therapeutics Market

July 1, 2015 3:41 pm | by Heather Leach, Ph.D., Immunology and Neurology Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The most promising products are Xadago and Rytary for early and advanced patients, and Acorda’s CVT-301 for advanced patients. Read more...

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Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV Infection

July 1, 2015 10:32 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are one step closer to engineering a tool that could one day arm the body’s immune system to fight HIV — and win. The new technique harnesses the regenerative capacity of stem cells to generate an immune response to the virus. Read more...

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Outsmarting HIV With Vaccine Antigens Made to Order

July 1, 2015 10:24 am | by Robin Smith, Duke University | News | Comments

AIDS vaccine researchers may be one step closer to outwitting HIV, thanks to designer antibodies and antigens made to order at Duke. Read more...

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Aridis Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Aerucin

July 1, 2015 10:17 am | News | Comments

Aridis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company applying proprietary technologies to produce novel therapies for infectious diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track Designation to its fully human monoclonal antibody Aerucin for the treatment of hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated pneumonia caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Read more...

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Avian Flu: $1.35M Grant Funds Bid to Better Predict Deadly Outbreaks

July 1, 2015 10:10 am | by University of Virginia Health System | News | Comments

An international research team led by Lukas Tamm of the University of Virginia School of Medicine will receive $1.35 million from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization to better understand how the influenza virus passes from birds to humans. Read more...

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Oxycontin Maker Bows Out of Meeting on Harder-to-Abuse Drug

July 1, 2015 10:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug. Read more...

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Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

July 1, 2015 9:32 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study. Read more...

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How Removing a Protein Slows Blood Vessel Growth in Tumors

July 1, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new protein which triggers the growth of blood vessels in breast cancer tumors which have spread to the brain. Read more...

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Oramed Enrolls First Patient in its Phase 2B Oral Insulin Study

July 1, 2015 8:36 am | News | Comments

This U.S. based study will be performed under the active Investigational New Drug application on file with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more...

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Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 8:31 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free on May 9, after it went 42 days without a new case. Read more...

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Research Reveals New Insights into Key Antibiotic Target in Fight Against TB

July 1, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

While TB is curable, antibiotic resistance is on the rise and so a major challenge for scientists is to continually develop new drugs to treat the disease. Read more...

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