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Aspirin to Improve Leg Ulcers

May 26, 2015 7:56 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers are looking at whether aspirin can improve the healing rates of leg ulcers in older adults. Read more...

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Countries Approve Plan for $100M Emergency Health Fund

May 26, 2015 7:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies. Read more...

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Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People with Alzheimer's

May 22, 2015 10:12 am | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. Read more...

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Novel Drug Combo Improves Function of Cystic Fibrosis Protein

May 22, 2015 10:07 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

A novel two-drug combination has the potential to target and restore a defective protein underlying cystic fibrosis (CF), according to two phase 3 clinical trials conducted at 187 medical centers around the world, including Johns Hopkins. Read more...

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Confronting the Creep of Opioid Abuse

May 22, 2015 9:56 am | by Clea Simon, Harvard Correspondent | News | Comments

The good news: There is hope. The bad news: not enough people are aware of it. With opioid abuse on the rise, a panel of medical and policy officials convened on Monday at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss the growing problem, specifically the results of a national poll by The Boston Globe and the Chan School. Read more...

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Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

May 22, 2015 9:46 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations over the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat. Read more..

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Doctor Fights Overpopulation with Nonsurgical Contraceptive

May 22, 2015 9:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An Oregon doctor is researching a non-surgical, permanent contraceptive method for women in developing countries, with some funding from the Gates Foundation. The work is being done with an eye toward curbing overpopulation, and to improve quality of life in impoverished countries, they said. Read more..

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Guinea Reports 27 New Ebola Cases after Previous Lull

May 22, 2015 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in the country where the Ebola epidemic began are concerned about a new outbreak of cases just as officials hoped the crisis was coming under control. Read more...

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1950s Drug is Future Heart Treatment

May 22, 2015 8:46 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Researchers have found a promising future treatment for heart disease, going back to a drug first developed in 1950. Read more...

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Freshly Squeezed Vaccines

May 22, 2015 8:39 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells. Read more...

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Shining a New Light on The Immune System

May 22, 2015 8:24 am | by University of St. Andrews | News | Comments

Researchers used a light scattering technique to identify important types of white blood cells. Read more...

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Janssen, Achillion Pharmaceuticals Team Up to Fight Hepatitis C

May 22, 2015 8:24 am | News | Comments

A key objective of the collaboration will be to develop a short-duration, highly effective, pan-genotypic, oral regimen for the treatment of HCV. Read more...

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CVS Paying $10.4B in Cash for Drug Distributor Omnicare

May 22, 2015 8:23 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CVS Health will pay more than $10 billion for pharmaceutical distributor Omnicare in a deal primed to feed its fast-growing specialty drug business and tap a lucrative and growing market: care for the elderly. Read more...

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Potential New Drug Target for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 21, 2015 1:40 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, in collaboration with colleagues the University of California, San Diego, identified a novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints. Read more...

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New Data on Boehringer Ingelheim's COPD Treatment

May 21, 2015 1:30 pm | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim announced new data analyses from the pivotal Phase III TONADO 1&2 studies (NCT01431274/NCT01431287), which explored the efficacy and safety of investigational tiotropium/olodaterol delivered via the Respimat inhaler for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared to the individual components (tiotropium and olodaterol delivered by the RESPIMAT inhaler) alone. Read more...

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