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Merck Announces New Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Lung Cancer

October 27, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

Merck announced that the FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the treatment of lung cancer. Read more...                        

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Actinium Announces Collaboration Plan on New Program

October 27, 2014 1:23 pm | News | Comments

Actinium Pharmaceuticals and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University started development of an antibody construct. Read more...                   

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Researcher Adapting New Technologies for Fighting Worm Infections

October 27, 2014 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Recent breakthroughs may pave the way for vaccines and new drugs for those infected by parasitic helminths. Read more...                       

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Governors Stress Home Quarantine for Ebola Workers

October 27, 2014 12:51 pm | by Frank Eltman - Associated Press | News | Comments

State leaders in New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the states' governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa. Read more...            

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Medical Pot Dilemma: Where to Get the First Seeds?

October 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Carla K. Johnson - Associated Press | News | Comments

As more states legalize medical marijuana, there's one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law. Read more...               

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Heart Drug May Help Treat ALS, Mouse Study Shows

October 27, 2014 11:46 am | by Michael C. Purdy | News | Comments

Digoxin, a medication used in the treatment of heart failure, may be adaptable for the treatment of ALS, suggests new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more...          

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Gene Link to Seizures in Children After MMR Vaccine

October 27, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Scientists in Denmark said they had found genetic clues to explain why a small number of children have febrile seizures—brief convulsions—after receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Read more...

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Valeant: We'll Bump Allergan Offer to $200 a Share

October 27, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12%, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox. Read more...

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CSL to Acquire Novartis Influenza Vaccine Business

October 27, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

CSL Limited announced that it has agreed to acquire Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business for $275 million. The business will be combined with CSL’s subsidiary, bioCSL. Read more...

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Drugmakers Bet on Ebola Vaccines, Treatments

October 27, 2014 10:46 am | by Matthew Perrone and Danica Kirka - Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. Read more...                        

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New Research Offers Hope in Treating Sleeping Sickness

October 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Joe O'Connell | News | Comments

A new research paper presents hundreds of starting points for treating sleep sickness, a deadly disease that affects thousands of people annually. Read more...                 

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Mali Rushes to Track Ebola After Toddler Dies

October 27, 2014 8:58 am | by Baba Ahmed - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mali - which shares a porous land border with Guinea - has long been seen as vulnerable to Ebola because of the large number of people moving back and forth between the two countries. Read more...           

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Protein Discovery May Unlock New HIV Treatment

October 24, 2014 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered a new protein that participates in active HIV replication. Read more...                                                  

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Cancer Innovation Forum Calls for Improving Research Progress

October 24, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

At a time when cancer drug development is at a critical juncture, accelerating the delivery of promising new treatments will depend on one critical requirement: ensuring that patients, individually and collectively, are actively involved in the cancer research and drug development process from beginning to end.  Read more...

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Newly Released Dallas Nurse to Meet With Obama

October 24, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jessica Gresko - Associated Press | News | Comments

 A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital Friday. Read more...                      

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