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Diverse Asthma Treatment Pipeline Presents Major Investment Opportunity, says GBI Research

June 4, 2015 11:03 am | News | Comments

The active and diverse treatment pipeline for asthma boasts a striking level of innovation, with many first-in-class products representing significant investment opportunities, says business intelligence provider GBI Research. Read more...

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Precision Health: Predicting and Preventing Disease — Not Just Treating It

June 4, 2015 10:59 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Imagine a system where doctors can quickly comb through millions of anonymized patient records to find people with conditions and medical experiences just like yours. Through this massive, searchable database, doctors could determine how best to treat you, based on what has worked effectively for others with similar symptoms and characteristics. Read more...

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Researchers Home in on What's Wearing Out T Cells

June 4, 2015 10:55 am | by Penn University | News | Comments

Sometimes even cells get tired. When the T cells of your immune system are forced to deal over time with cancer or a chronic infection such as HIV or hepatitis C, they can develop "T cell exhaustion," becoming less effective and losing their ability to attack and destroy the invaders of the body Read more...

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Berg: Data on BPM 31510 Solid Tumor Trial

June 4, 2015 10:16 am | News | Comments

Berg, a biopharmaceutical company committed to uncovering health solutions through a data-driven, biological approach, presented clinical research from its trials using its cancer drug BPM 31510 on Phase Ib solid tumors and preclinical data on triple negative breast cancer, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), May 29 – June 2 in Chicago. Read more...

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Using Diamond to Identify Counterfeit Drugs

June 4, 2015 8:50 am | by Dr. Andrew S. Janoff, Founder and CEO, Taaneh, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In countries around the world, the sale of counterfeit drugs is a significant problem for the pharmaceutical industry. It is estimated that global sales of counterfeit drugs now total more than $350 billion every year. In addition to lost revenue for drug marketers, falsified drugs also pose a significant risk to the safety and well being of consumers. Read more...

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Scientists Produce Strongest Evidence Yet of Schizophrenia's Causes

June 4, 2015 8:48 am | by Cardiff University | News | Comments

Researchers discover that risk mutations disrupt a delicate chemical balance in the brain, responsible for brain development and function. Read more...

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Links Found Between Blood Type, Risk of Cognitive Decline

June 4, 2015 8:42 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A pioneering study has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may cause a higher risk of developing cognitive decline. Read more...

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Takeda's Zafatek is Now Available for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Japan

June 4, 2015 8:30 am | News | Comments

The approval of ZAFATEK was granted based on the safety and efficacy results of multiple clinical phase III studies in patients with type 2 diabetes in Japan. Read more...

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South Korea Reports First 2 Deaths from MERS Virus

June 4, 2015 8:22 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. Read more...

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A New Tool to Tackle Neurological Disorders

June 4, 2015 8:21 am | by Flinders University | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have identified a series of chemical tools that can either increase or inhibit the release of neurotransmitters by neurons, the cells of the brain. Read more...

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Early Clinical Trial Success for New RA Treatment

June 4, 2015 8:20 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a world-first vaccine-style therapeutic approach to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating disease affecting more than 450,000 people in Australia. Read more...

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Are Commercial Conflicts of Interests Justifiable in Medical Journals?

June 3, 2015 11:14 am | News | Comments

A group of former senior editors, writing in The BMJ today, criticise a "seriously flawed and inflammatory attack" by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on what that journal believes have become overly stringent policies on conflicts of interest. Read more..

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Zinc In the Body May Contribute to Kidney Stones

June 3, 2015 11:11 am | by Elizabeth Fernandez, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts. Read more...

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Teens Start Misusing ADHD Drugs, Other Stimulants Earlier Than You Might Think

June 3, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Despite stereotypes about college students resorting to black-market Ritalin to help them cram for exams, young people are actually most likely to start misusing prescription stimulant drugs in their high school years, according to new University of Michigan Medical School research. Read more...

Liquid Biopsy Shows Promise as Prostate Cancer Test

June 3, 2015 11:01 am | by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. | News | Comments

A multi-center study led by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has found that a urine test can determine if a patient has high-grade prostate cancer with 92 percent accuracy. Dr. James McKiernan presented these findings at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting Press Event. Read more...

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