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Brazil's Pharmaceutical Market Value Will Approach $48B by 2020

August 26, 2015 7:30 am | by Joshua Owide, Director of Healthcare Industry Dynamics, GlobalData | News | Comments

The Brazilian pharmaceutical industry continues to prosper, primarily thanks to the country’s economic policies and reforms. Read more...

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Hearing Loss Drug Trial Takes Place at Firing Range

August 25, 2015 12:08 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A randomized Phase 3 Food and Drug Administration sanctioned study began in late 2013. Read more...

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Study Shows No Benefit of Omega-3 Supplements for Cognitive Decline

August 25, 2015 11:40 am | by National Eye Institute | News | Comments

While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons. With 4,000 patients followed over a five-year period, the study is one of the largest and longest of its kind. Read more...

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New Study Provides Links Between Inflammation and Colon Cancer Metastasis

August 25, 2015 10:02 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

A new Arizona State University research study led by Biodesign Institute executive director Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., has identified for the first time the details of how inflammation triggers colon cancer cells to spread to other organs, or metastasize. Read more...

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Researchers Identify Signature of Microbiomes Associated with Schizophrenia

August 25, 2015 9:52 am | by George Washington University | News | Comments

In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers at the George Washington University have identified a potential link between microbes (viruses, bacteria and fungi) in the throat and schizophrenia. This link may offer a way to identify causes and develop treatments of the disease and lead to new diagnostic tests. Read more...

Study Backs Flu Vaccinations for Elderly

August 25, 2015 9:31 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new study of the records of millions of nursing home residents affirms the value of influenza vaccination among the elderly. The Brown University analysis found that between 2000 and 2009, the better matched the vaccine was for the influenza strain going around, the fewer nursing home residents died or were hospitalized. Read more...

Scientists’ Structural Discoveries Could Aid in Better Drug Design

August 25, 2015 9:26 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. Now, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found the biological equivalent of that idea or something very close. Read more...

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Expression of a Single Gene Lets Scientists Easily Grow Hepatitis C Virus in the Lab

August 25, 2015 9:13 am | by The Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Worldwide, 185 million people have chronic hepatitis C. Since the late 1980s, when scientists discovered the virus that causes the infection, they have struggled to find ways to grow it in human cells in the lab — an essential part of learning how the virus works and developing new effective treatments. Read more...

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Report: Nearly 47 Million People Now Have Dementia

August 25, 2015 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health researchers say there are now nearly 47 million people living with dementia globally, up from 35 million in 2009. Read more...

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Protein Plays Important Role in Preventing Pathogen Survival

August 25, 2015 8:15 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

Invading microbial pathogens must scavenge essential nutrients from their host organism in order to survive and replicate. Read more...

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FDA Approves Expanded Use of Novartis' Promacta for Treating Chronic ITP

August 25, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

This treatment is intended for children ages 1 and older. Read more...

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Promising Class of New Cancer Drugs Cause Memory Loss in Mice

August 25, 2015 7:45 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

These therapies act on a group of proteins that help regulate the expression of many genes, some of which play a role in cancer. Read more...

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Sierra Leone Releases Its Last Known Ebola Patient

August 25, 2015 7:30 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country's last known Ebola patient from the hospital on Monday. Read more...

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Genetic Overlapping in Multiple Autoimmune Diseases May Suggest Common Therapies

August 24, 2015 11:39 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

Scientists who analyzed the genes involved in 10 autoimmune diseases that begin in childhood have discovered 22 genome-wide signals shared by two or more diseases. These shared gene sites may reveal potential new targets for treating many of these diseases, in some cases with existing drugs already available for non-autoimmune disorders. Read more...

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New Study Makes Major Advance Toward More Effective, Long-Lasting Flu Vaccine

August 24, 2015 11:06 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes—work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal flu shots. Read more...

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