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World-First Human Hendra Virus Clinical Trials Begin

April 8, 2015 8:23 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

An antibody manufactured at The University of Queensland will be used in world-first human Hendra virus clinical trials starting this month. Read more...

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Body's Cancer Defenses Hijacked to Make Pancreatic and Lung Cancer More Aggressive

April 8, 2015 8:22 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that a vital self-destruct switch in cells is hijacked - making some pancreatic and non small cell lung cancers more aggressive. Read more...

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Mixed Picture on the Effectiveness of Viagra and Other Related Drugs

April 8, 2015 8:22 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Restoring impotence using drugs such as Viagra still leaves older sufferers dissatisfied with their sex lives. Read more...

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New Therapeutic Option Available for Select Treatment Resistant Lung Cancer Patients

April 8, 2015 8:22 am | News | Comments

NSCLC can be characterized based on a patient's genetic abnormalities that are causing the cancer growth and researchers have identified over 12 of these genetic abnormalities. Read more...

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Mylan Launches First Generic Version of Generess Fe

April 8, 2015 8:21 am | News | Comments

Mylan has 269 ANDAs pending FDA approval representing $104.1 billion in annual brand sales. Read more...

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Analyst: Top Mid-Cap Biotech Companies Increased Revenues to $26.5 Billion in 2014

April 8, 2015 8:21 am | by Adam Dion, Healthcare Industry Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The combined total revenues for the peer group of 35 mid-cap biotech companies increased from $24.8 billion in 2013 to $26.5 billion in 2014. Read more...

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Tau is the Main Culprit in Alzheimer’s, say Two Studies

April 7, 2015 5:17 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

Two recent studies have concluded that tau, not amyloid, is the main driver behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Read more...

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Specialty Drug Prescription Service ZappRx Raises $5.6M

April 7, 2015 2:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This brings the total funding for the Boston-based startup to 8.8 million. Read more...

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Using Sound Waves to Detect Rare Cancer Cells

April 7, 2015 12:06 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Acoustic device can rapidly isolate circulating tumor cells from patient blood samples. Read more...

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Shire: Clear Regulatory Path Forward for Investigational ADHD Treatment

April 7, 2015 11:54 am | News | Comments

Shire plc announces that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a clear regulatory path for SHP465 (triple-bead mixed amphetamine salts - MAS), an investigational oral stimulant medication being evaluated as a potential treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults. Read more..

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New R&D Alliance Forms to Find First-Ever Biomarker for Pancreatic Cancer

April 7, 2015 11:49 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This program will utilize a precision medicine approach to potentially find a cure for this disease. Read more...

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Prosecutors Seek Congressional Probe of Supplement Industry

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Mary Esch - Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen attorneys general asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Read more...

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Study: Breast Cancer Overtreatment Costs U.S. $4B a Year

April 7, 2015 11:44 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sharpening a medical debate about the costs and benefits of cancer screening, a new report estimates that the U.S. spends $4 billion a year on unnecessary medical costs due to mammograms that generate false alarms, and on treatment of certain breast tumors unlikely to cause problems. Read more...

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Scientists Identify Receptor for Asthma Associated Virus

April 6, 2015 5:01 pm | by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a cellular receptor for rhinovirus C. Read more...

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Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating Stroke

April 6, 2015 4:51 pm | by University of Victoria | News | Comments

Neuroscientists discovered a cancer drug may improve recovery rates for diabetic patients who have suffered a stroke. Read more...

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