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New Test Uses Human Stem Cells to Identify Drug Side Effects

March 9, 2015 4:36 pm | by Sam Wong, Imperial College London | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a test that uses cells from a single donor's blood to predict whether a new drug will cause a severe reaction in humans. Read more...                 

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Most Information in Drug Development is Lost

March 9, 2015 4:28 pm | by McGill University | News | Comments

Stalled drugs are drugs that fail to make it to the market either because they prove to be ineffective or unsafe or both. Read more...                     

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Latin America IVD Market Exceeds $2B

March 9, 2015 4:16 pm | News | Comments

Latin America is a key target for IVD manufacturers seeking growth in testing revenues. Read more...                           

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Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses

March 9, 2015 10:29 am | News | Comments

Herpes simplex virus infections are an enormous global health problem and there is currently no viable vaccine. For nearly three decades, immunologists' efforts to develop a herpes vaccine have centered on exploiting a single protein found on the virus's outer surface that is known to elicit robust production of antibodies.  Read more...

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Proposed Fund for 2012 Meningitis Victims Up to $210M

March 9, 2015 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A compensation fund for victims of a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak blamed on a tainted steroid has grown to $210 million. Read more...                                    

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Tiny Nanoparticles Could Make Impact for Cornea Transplant Patients

March 9, 2015 10:13 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Animal study shows that a nanoparticle applied at the time of surgery slowly releases needed medicine to reduce risk of rejection after eye surgery. Read more...                                

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Orexo U.S. Launches New Dosage of Opioid Dependence Drug

March 9, 2015 10:07 am | News | Comments

​Orexo US, Inc. (Orexo) announced that following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the new 8.6mg/2.1mg dosage strength of Zubsolv is now available.  Read more...

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Stem Cell Researchers Develop Method to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

March 9, 2015 9:55 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

UCLA stem cell researchers have shown that a novel stem cell gene therapy method could lead to a one-time, lasting treatment for sickle cell disease—the nation's most common inherited blood disorder. Read more...

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FDA Releases New Drug Shortages Mobile App

March 9, 2015 9:11 am | News | Comments

The app is available for iPhone and Android. Read more...                                  

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Astellas Gains FDA Approval for Fungal Infection Treatment

March 9, 2015 8:39 am | News | Comments

The drug treats life-threatening fungal infections predominantly occurring in immunocompromised patients. Read more...                        

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Spider Venom May Have Legs as Future Painkiller

March 9, 2015 8:26 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

This discovery could inspire a new class of potent painkillers with fewer side effects than current medications. Read more...                                     

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Scientist Helps Develop New Tools to Probe Mysteries of the Brain

March 9, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

An international collaboration developed new tools to probe cell types in the brain. Read more...                                             

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Liberia Removes Ebola Crematorium as Outbreak is Contained

March 9, 2015 8:25 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cremations were very controversial because they were against traditional burial practices. Read more...                                            

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Magnetic Material Attracts Attention for Cancer Therapy

March 9, 2015 8:24 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

An extraordinary self-regulating heating effect that can be achieved in a particular type of magnetic material may open the doors to a new strategy for hyperthermia cancer treatment. Read more...          

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AbbVie to Buy Pharmacyclics for $21 Billion

March 6, 2015 3:18 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Investors did not seem pleased about this deal. Read more...

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