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Blood Biomarkers Reveal Recent Patterns of Malaria Infection

August 6, 2015 8:36 am | by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | News | Comments

Collecting data on malaria exposure is vital in order to assess the effectiveness of interventions to combat the disease. Read more...

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HIV Grows Despite Treatment, Study Finds

August 6, 2015 8:35 am | by University of Liverpool | News | Comments

HIV can continue to grow in patients thought to be responding well to treatment. Read more...

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New Ebola Cases in Single Digits Another Week, WHO says

August 6, 2015 8:35 am | by Carley Petesch, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Ebola cases were in the single digits another week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, showing that contact tracing efforts are yielding results. Read more...

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Eli Lilly Faces Legal Battle over Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms

August 5, 2015 11:16 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

An estimated 250 people are filing suits against the company alleging they downplayed the safety risks of the antidepressant. Read more...

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Pinpointing the Cause of Coughs and Sneezes

August 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Robin Smith, Duke University | News | Comments

Duke students are trying to help doctors find a faster way to pinpoint the cause of their patients’ coughs, sore throats and sniffles.The goal is to better determine if and when to give antibiotics in order to stem the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, said senior Kelsey Sumner. Read more...

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NYC Targets Cooling Systems Linked to Legionnaires' Outbreak

August 5, 2015 10:05 am | by David B. Caruso and Jonathan Lemire | News | Comments

Lawmakers are rushing to draft New York's first regulations for a type of heavy-duty rooftop air conditioning equipment amid suspicions that bacteria-laden mist from these units could be the cause of the deadliest known outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the city's history. Read more...

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Cidara Therapeutics Initiates Study of Antifungal Product Candidate

August 5, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

Cidara Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel anti-infectives and immunotherapies to treat fungal and other infections, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1, randomized, double-blind, dose-escalation study to determine the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of CD101 IV in healthy subjects. Read more...

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Mirati, MedImmune Partner On Immuno-Oncology Combination In Lung Cancer

August 5, 2015 9:48 am | News | Comments

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. ("Mirati"), an oncology company focusing on genetic and epigenetic drivers of cancer, and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, today announced they have entered into an exclusive clinical trial collaboration ("Collaboration Agreement"). Read more...

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Lifesaving Ovarian Cancer Chemo Treatment Underutilized, Study Finds

August 5, 2015 8:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Women with advanced ovarian cancer who receive intraperitoneal and intravenous (IP/IV) chemotherapy — treatment delivered directly into the abdomen, along with the usual intravenous method — have significantly better survival rates than those who receive IV chemotherapy alone. Read more...

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University Collaboration for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

August 5, 2015 8:51 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Lung cancer is the UK’s leading cancer killer, with nearly 35,000 people dying each year from the disease. Read more...

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England Still Struggling to Close Gap in Cancer Survival

August 5, 2015 8:41 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Cancer survival in England has steadily improved but the gap in survival remains. Read more...

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New Clot-Busting Treatments Target Number One Killer

August 5, 2015 8:30 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Australian researchers funded by the National Heart Foundation are a step closer to a safer and more effective way to treat heart attack and stroke via nanotechnology. Read more...

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Real Time Data for Cancer Therapy

August 5, 2015 8:29 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Magnetic resonance imaging and other scanning technologies can indicate the size of a tumor, while the most detailed information about how well a treatment is working comes from pathologists’ examinations of tissue taken in biopsies. Read more...

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Japanese Lab to Handle Ebola, Pathogens After 30 Years of Local Opposition

August 5, 2015 8:29 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A laboratory built in a Tokyo suburb more than 30 years ago was intended to host work on the world’s most dangerous pathogens. Now, it will finally begin handling Ebola and other dangerous germs, after decades of local opposition relented. Read more...

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Pharma Sales to Grow Beyond $1 Trillion by 2018, Says Report

August 5, 2015 8:28 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical R&D productivity is continuing to increase, with a predicted surge in global sales: New findings forecast global pharma sales to reach $1.3 trillion by 2018, up from 2014’s $1 trillion in sales, according to a new analysis. Read more...

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