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Watchdog Group Seeks FDA Ban of Antifungal Tablets

February 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A consumer safety group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to pull certain antifungal tablets off the market, saying there are safer medicines that do not carry risks of liver damage. Read more.,.

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Small Molecule May Help Reduce Cancer in At-Risk Population

February 25, 2015 9:51 am | by Kimberless D'Ardenne, Stanford University | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that small molecules can “hijack” enzyme function in mice, suggesting a possible preventive mechanism for alcohol-related cancers in an at-risk population. Read more...

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Takeda Acquires Select Portfolio from Neutec to Boost Business in Turkey

February 24, 2015 3:33 pm | News | Comments

The portfolio composed of 13 products in the gastroenterology, respiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal therapeutic areas. Read more...

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FDA Approves Novartis' HDAC Inhibitor for Multiple Myeloma

February 24, 2015 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This inhibitor is the first of its kind for multiple myeloma. Read more...                               

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Scientists Find Cancer Weak Spots for New Targeted Drugs

February 24, 2015 3:15 pm | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Scientists have identified weak spots in cancer cells that could be targeted and attacked by new precision drugs. Read more...                      

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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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