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New Research to Speed Up Treatments for MS

August 11, 2015 7:55 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

A clever new research model being developed at The University of Queensland aims to fast-track new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). Read more...

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New Extra 'Sticky' Microgel Could Revolutionize Bladder Cancer Treatment

August 11, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Reading | News | Comments

The microgel can also release the drug in a more controlled manner, and for a longer period of time, than alternative delivery methods. Read more...

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Drug Candidate Kills Cancer Cells Through Overstimulation

August 10, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

A drug candidate that overstimulates proteins crucial for tumor growth shows promise as a new strategy to treat a wide range of cancers. The demands of rapid cell division put a strain on cancer cells, and the approach works by tipping cell stress over the edge. Read more...

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Researchers Identify Drug Candidate for Skin, Hair Regeneration

August 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Experiments with mice and human skin cells have implications for treating people. Read more...

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A Pharmacist Explains Why Drugs Cost So Much

August 10, 2015 12:34 pm | by Kim Krieger, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Lisa Holle, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice at UConn and past president of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, explains how drug prices are set and discusses some of the efforts to rein them in. Read more...

Court Sides Against FDA In "Off-Label" Drug Promotion Case

August 10, 2015 12:23 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The maker of a prescription fish-oil pill won an early victory Friday against the Food and Drug Administration over its right to publicize unapproved uses of its drug. Read more...

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AstraZeneca, Inovio Strike $700M Cancer Vaccine Deal

August 10, 2015 10:50 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced Monday that it will collaborate with Inovio Pharmaceuticals to develop an experimental immunotherapy vaccine to treat human papillomavirus (HPV), called INO-3112. Read more...

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Six Major Projects to Bring Innovative Pathology Tests to Patients for Better Treatment

August 10, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

The Medical Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have made a joint award of £16m to develop molecular pathology tests to help deliver stratified medicine in a wide range of disease areas. Read more...

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Hepatitis Increasingly Goes Hand in Hand with Heroin Abuse

August 10, 2015 9:34 am | by Patrick Whittle | News | Comments

Public health agencies and drug treatment centers nationwide are scrambling to battle an explosive increase in cases of hepatitis C, a scourge they believe stems at least in part from a surge in intravenous heroin use. Read more...

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China Pledges Continued Support for Ebola-Hit Africa Nations

August 10, 2015 9:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh and Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Minister Wang Yi is in Guinea Monday for the last leg of his tour of the three countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Read more...

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Common Medications Could Delay Brain Injury Recovery

August 10, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Prescribed to up to 50 percent of older people, medications with anticholinergic properties are used to treat a broad range of common conditions including bladder problems, depression and insomnia. Read more...

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Promising Drug for Parkinson's Disease: Study Supports Fast Track to Clinical Trials

August 10, 2015 9:11 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The research is also the first to demonstrate beneficial effects of UDCA on dopaminergic neurons, the nerve cells affected in Parkinson’s disease, in a fly model of Parkinson’s disease which carries the same genetic change as some patients with the condition. Read more...

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Mylan Launches Generic Version of Lidoderm Patch

August 10, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

Lidocaine Patch 5 percent had U.S. sales of approximately $1.1 billion for the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, according to IMS Health. Read more...

Scientists Develop Test to Measure Effectiveness of Treatments for Huntington's Disease

August 7, 2015 11:26 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A new test developed by UBC researchers allows physicians to measure the effects of gene silencing therapy in Huntington's disease and will support the first human clinical trial of a drug that targets the genetic cause of the disease. Read more...

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CVS Cuts Coverage of 31 Drugs, Including Viagra

August 7, 2015 11:17 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

CVS will drop 31 prescription drugs from insurance coverage next year, including Viagra, the company announced Thursday. Read more...

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