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Previously Unknown Effect of Vitamin A Identified

February 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development. Read more...                        

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Toddler Dies of Measles in Berlin, First Death in Outbreak

February 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An 18-month-old boy has died of measles amid an outbreak in Berlin. Read more...                              

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Ebola Drugs Shows Some Promise in First Test in West Africa

February 24, 2015 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa. Read more...                  

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Meet Sanofi's Newest CEO

February 24, 2015 11:13 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It took five months to find a new chief executive. Read more...                                 

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NY Attorney General Expands Herbal Supplement Investigation

February 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's attorney general is targeting manufacturers of the popular products. Read more...                            

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Cryoport, Sanaria Expand Logistics Partnership Supporting Malaria Vaccines

February 24, 2015 8:55 am | News | Comments

This collaboration includes continued support of Sanaria’s production of malaria vaccine as well as its research and development efforts. Read more...                 

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Shire Acquires Meritage Pharma

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | News | Comments

Shire paid an upfront fee of $70 million and additional contingent payments based on the achievement of development and regulatory milestones. Read more...                 

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Researchers Discover Possible Drug Target to Combat Sleeping Sickness

February 24, 2015 8:42 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Biochemists are trying to deliver a stern wake-up call to the parasite that causes sleeping sickness. Read more...                        

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Merck Grants Free License for Pediatric HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 8:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The deal lets any generic or brand name drug manufacturer make low-cost pediatric versions of Merck's raltegravir for sale in 92 low- and middle-income countries. Read more...              

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Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes Molecular Link Reveals Potential Therapy

February 23, 2015 4:49 pm | News | Comments

Obesity causes inflammation, which can in turn lead to type 2 diabetes. What isn’t well established is how inflammation causes diabetes — or what we can do to stop it. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that the inflammatory molecule LTB4 promotes insulin resistance, a first step in developing type 2 diabetes. Read more..

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Ancestry Helps Doctors Prescribe Hypertension Treatments

February 23, 2015 4:46 pm | News | Comments

Scientists are investigating whether treatment for high blood pressure can be improved by taking a person’s ethnic heritage into account. Read more...                                  

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Customized DNA Rings Aid Early Cancer Detection in Mice

February 23, 2015 4:43 pm | by Bruce Goldman, Stanford | News | Comments

Imagine: You pop a pill into your mouth and swallow it. It dissolves, releasing tiny particles that are absorbed and cause only cancerous cells to secrete a specific protein into your bloodstream. Two days from now, a finger-prick blood sample will expose whether you’ve got cancer and even give a rough idea of its extent. Read more...

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Worldwide Treatment of Hepatitis C: Within Sight At Right Cost?

February 23, 2015 4:37 pm | by University of Liverpool | News | Comments

Lowering the cost of hepatitis C drugs is possible and key to achieving global access to treatment, according to new research by the University of Liverpool and Imperial College London. Read more...

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Liberia: 8 Hospital Staff Under Observation in Ebola Scare

February 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh | News | Comments

Eight health workers at a hospital in Liberia's capital have been sent home for observation after coming into contact with a patient who later tested positive for Ebola, the country's assistant health minister said Saturday. Read more...

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BioDelivery Sciences to Receive $10M from Endo Pharmaceuticals

February 23, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Endo International plc announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the New Drug Application (NDA) for Belbuca. Read more..

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