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New Extractor Optimized for Processing Medicinal Marijuana

September 9, 2014 9:30 am | by Dr. Kenneth James, Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The need for pharmaceutical grade cannabis oil has increased as researchers continue to investigate its use for the treatment of various ailments such as muscle spasms, glaucoma, nausea, mood and behavioral disorders, sleep disorders and chronic pain. Read more...

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Mast's AIR001 Promising in Phase 2

September 8, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

Mast Therapeutics Inc. reported top-line results from a Phase 2 study of AIR001 (sodium nitrite) inhalation solution for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Read more...                 

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Gilead, GSK Combo Drug Promising as PAH Treatment

September 8, 2014 3:14 pm | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences Inc. announced results from the AMBITION study, which was conducted in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Read more...                                

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Scientists Reveal Cell Secret Potentially Useful for Vaccines

September 8, 2014 3:00 pm | News | Comments

The best defense is a good offense, especially when it comes to the immune system. The troops that respond to an infection are split into two squadrons, and, until recently, it seemed that the two were independent, without much interaction. Read more...

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Mayo Clinic, IBM Task Watson to Improve Clinical Trials

September 8, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

Mayo Clinic and IBM announced plans to pilot Watson, the IBM cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials, beginning with research studies in cancer. Read more...              

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FTC Sues AbbVie, Teva Over Generic AndroGel

September 8, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing drugmakers AbbVie and Teva, saying they conspired to temporarily keep generic versions of AbbVie's low-testosterone drug AndroGel off the market. Read more...               

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Parkinson's, Cancer Findings Earn Medical Prizes

September 8, 2014 1:30 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Key discoveries about breast cancer, Parkinson's disease and the body's handling of defective proteins have earned prestigious medical awards for five scientists. Read more...                     

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J&J, Janssen Partner with University of Toronto on Brain Treatments

September 8, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

The University of Toronto announced a new strategic open innovation collaboration with Janssen Inc. facilitated by the Johnson & Johnson Innovation center of California that will support research through the Collaborative Center for Drug Research (CCDR). Read more...

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AZ's COPD Drug Gets Mixed Results in Phase 2a

September 8, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced that a Phase 2a study evaluating its novel investigational monoclonal antibody benralizumab in patients with COPD did not meet the primary endpoint, but that benralizumab demonstrated clinically significant improvements in lung function in the overall population. Read more...

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Single-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise in Trials

September 8, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced trial results related to Rapivab (peramivir injection), a neuraminidase inhibitor (NAI) for the treatment of influenza, at the ICAAC. Read more...                   

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EU Approves Roche's RoACTEMRA for RA

September 8, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

Roche announced that RoACTEMRA (tocilizumab) has received approval from the European Commission for use in patients with severe, active and progressive RA. Read more...                       

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NIH Finds More Forgotten Germs in Labs

September 8, 2014 10:35 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous materials. Read more...  

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Ebola Surging Where it Had Been Beaten Back

September 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Boubacar Diallo and Sarah DiLorenzo | News | Comments

Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May, thinking the virus was being contained there. The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. Now, months later, Macenta is once again a hotspot. Read more...

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Ascendia Advances Nano-Emulsion Technology Platform with ASD-002 Program

September 5, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Ascendia Pharmaceuticals announced that the company has successfully applied its nano-emulsion technology platform to a novel injectable formulation of clopidogrel- the world’s top-selling blood thinner medicine. Read more...       

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Soligenix Acquires Phase-3-Ready Oncology Program

September 5, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Soligenix Inc. announced the acquisition of a novel orphan drug candidate, known as SGX301, which is poised to enter pivotal Phase 3 clinical testing for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and is highly synergistic with the company’s existing development pipeline. Read more...

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