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Genetic Variance Explains Poor Response to Asthma Medications

April 21, 2015 11:42 am | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a biological basis for asthmatic children who do not respond well to corticosteroid treatment - currently the most effective treatment for chronic asthma and acute asthma attack. Read more...

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Merck, Pfizer Initiate Phase 3 Avelumab Study

April 21, 2015 11:26 am | News | Comments

Merck and Pfizer today announced the initiation and first patient treated in the international Phase 3 study (EMR 100070-004) designed to assess the efficacy and safety of the investigational cancer immunotherapy avelumab. Read more...

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A New Lease on Life for Prostate Tissue

April 21, 2015 11:19 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

What if a prostate cancer patient could learn which anti-cancer treatments would work best for him without having to swallow a single pill or endure a single intravenous line or injection? Read more...

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No Link Between Vaccine and Autism, Massive Study Says

April 21, 2015 11:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A massive new study has found no link between a common vaccine and autism, researchers announced today. The study is the latest among years of research projects which make no connection between inoculations and an increased risk for the autism spectrum, the researchers said. Read more...

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Mylan Skeptical of Rumored Teva Bid

April 21, 2015 8:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mylan said that it hasn't received an offer and described the idea that Teva might want to buy it as a rumor. Read more...

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Detecting Low-Quality Antimalarial Drugs With a Lab-On-Paper

April 21, 2015 8:40 am | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added. Read more...

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Experts Warn Ebola Epidemic Could Return With a Vengeance

April 21, 2015 8:35 am | by St. George's University of London | News | Comments

Health experts have warned that a greater flexibility must be brought to medical trials to combat diseases like Ebola to avoid facing another nightmare outbreak. Read more...

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New Drug Combination Shows Promise for Breaking Breast Cancer Resistance

April 20, 2015 4:51 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new combination of drugs which could overcome treatment resistance and relapse in breast cancer. Read more...

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Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating Hepatitis B

April 20, 2015 4:46 pm | by Walter + Eliza Hall Research Institute | News | Comments

​Australian scientists have found a potential cure for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. Read more...

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Global Pandemic of Fake Medicines Poses Urgent Risk

April 20, 2015 4:41 pm | by National Institute of Health | News | Comments

Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Read more...

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Childhood Syndrome Combining Lung Disease, Arthritis Identified

April 20, 2015 11:07 am | by UCSF | News | Comments

Discovery suggests mechanism, possible therapies for severe disorder. Read more...

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Opioid Release Rates Fall After Jail Release

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by NYU Langone | News | Comments

It has been called a pioneering strategy for treating opioid addiction. Read more...

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Researchers Seek New Targets for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

April 20, 2015 10:38 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Identifying molecular changes that occur in tissue after chemotherapy could be crucial in advancing treatments for ovarian cancer. Read more...

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Studies: Keytruda Effective Against 3 Cancers

April 20, 2015 10:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

One of the hot new cancer immunotherapy drugs strongly benefited patients with melanoma, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Read more...

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Disney Measles Outbreak that Sparked Vaccination Debate Ends

April 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

An outbreak of measles that popped up at Disneyland in late December soon spread to six other U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Read more...

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