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Ebola Patient in Britain Transferred to London

December 30, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British health care worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa has been transferred from Scotland to an isolation unit in London for specialist treatment. Read more...              

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Researchers: IMF Policies Hindered Ebola Response

December 30, 2014 9:36 am | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

Professors say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over social spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by hampering health care in the three worst-hit West African countries. Read more...       

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Novartis' Psoriasis Drug Gains Japanese Approval

December 29, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Japan is the first country to approve the psoriasis drug made by Novartis. Read more...                             

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FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Roche's Ebola Test

December 29, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

Roche announced that the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for the company's Ebola test. Read more...                          

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Liberia Reports Dozens of New Ebola Cases on Border

December 29, 2014 8:33 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements. Read more...             

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Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa

December 29, 2014 8:29 am | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. Read more...           

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Scientists Zero in on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Cancer Research UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports. Read more....

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FDA Approves sBLA for CLL Treatment

December 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for Gazyva in combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy in people with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). read more...

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Spectrum Pharmaceuticals: Submission of NDA for Multiple Myeloma

December 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announces that its partner Spectrum Pharmaceuticals has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Captisol-enabled Melphalan (CE-Melphalan) HCl for injection (propylene glycol-free) for use as a high-dose conditioning treatment prior to hematopoietic progenitor (stem) cell transplantation in patients with multiple myeloma. Read more...

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Researchers Take 'First Baby Step' Toward Anti-Aging Drug

December 26, 2014 9:11 am | by Science Translation Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers could be closing in on a "fountain of youth" drug that can delay the effects of aging and improve the health of older adults, a new study suggests. Seniors received a significant boost to their immune systems when given a drug that targets a genetic signaling pathway linked to aging and immune function, researchers with the drug maker Novartis report. Read more...

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Biomedical Team Creates 'Nerve On A Chip'

December 26, 2014 8:58 am | by Sarah Netter, Tulane University | News | Comments

This team wants to improve pharmaceutical drug development by providing a faster and more advanced alternative to animal testing. Read more...                    

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Kinex Pharmaceuticals Announces First Dosage Given for Brain Tumor Inhibitor

December 26, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Kinex Pharmaceuticals announced that the first patient has been dosed with KX2-361 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Read more...                      

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Actavis, Adamas Announce FDA Approval of Alzheimer's Medication

December 26, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

Actavis and Adamas Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA has approved the New Drug Application for Namzaric. Read more...                      

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Ebola Survival Improving in Sierra Leone

December 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Ebola death rate has fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. Read more...                        

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CDC Monitoring Tech for Possible Ebola Exposure

December 26, 2014 8:21 am | by Phillip Lucas - Associated Press | News | Comments

A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment. Read more...          

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