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New Approach to HIV Management in Africa Reduces Deaths by a Third

March 11, 2015 9:08 am | by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | News | Comments

The research suggests that a simple low-cost intervention could be an effective approach to reducing HIV-related deaths in Africa. Read more...                   

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Understanding of Cancer Cell Enzyme Flipped on its Head

March 11, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have found that certain molecules long thought to promote cancer growth, in fact suppress tumors. Read more...                       

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Breakthrough Therapies Target Cancers in 2015

March 11, 2015 8:57 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

Getting a new drug to market is difficult, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a number of ways to help the process along for promising drugs that have potential against serious diseases. Read more...

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BMG Pharma Launches its Antimicrobial Gel in China

March 11, 2015 8:52 am | News | Comments

The product is called ialuxid gel. Read more...                                   

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WHO Creates Independent Panel to Assess its Ebola Response

March 11, 2015 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said it has created a panel of independent experts to assess its response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak in history. Read more...                

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Takeda Announces Transfer of License Agreement for HPV Vaccine to Kaketsuken

March 11, 2015 8:38 am | News | Comments

Kaketsuken will continue research efforts to support future commercialization of this vaccine. Read more...                         

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Scientists Find Class of Drugs that Boosts Lifespan: Animal Study

March 10, 2015 1:14 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

A research team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Mayo Clinic and other institutions has identified a new class of drugs that in animal models dramatically slows the aging process—alleviating symptoms of frailty, improving cardiac function and extending a healthy lifespan. Read more..

Scientists Open Door for HIV Drug

March 10, 2015 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Salk scientists have gotten one step closer to creating such a drug by customizing a powerful defense system used by many bacteria and training this scissor-like machinery to recognize the HIV virus. Read more...

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Rising Price of Heroin-Overdose Antidote Worries Advocates

March 10, 2015 12:52 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and the manufacturer's stock price rising by 70 percent since it went public. Read more...

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Report: Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump

March 10, 2015 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.Read more...                                    

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FDA: Seizure, Alcohol Risk with Pfizer’s Chantix

March 10, 2015 11:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined it will not reduce the severity of its black-box warning about side effects associated with Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug. Read more...                                                

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Collegium Pharma Raises $50M to Further Develop Abuse-Deterrent Painkiller

March 10, 2015 11:52 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Technology has made it very hard to crush or melt this drug. Read more...                               

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CBO: Slowing Costs Reduce Price of Health Care Overhaul

March 9, 2015 5:00 pm | by Stephen Olemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Slowing health care costs are driving down the price tag of President Barack Obama's health overhaul, just as the Supreme Court is weighing whether to strike a key part of the law. Read more...           

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Innovative Light Therapy Reaches Tumors

March 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Light long has been used to treat cancer. Read more...                                  

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Fifteen New Breast Cancer Genetic Risk 'Hot Spots' Revealed

March 9, 2015 4:45 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered 15 previously unknown genetic hot-spots that can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Read more...                    

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