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Boehringer Ingelheim's Gilotrif Demonstrated Superiority to Iressa in NSCLC

January 28, 2016 9:57 am | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today the results of the LUX-Lung 7 trial. Superiority in progression-free survival and time to treatment failure was demonstrated with second-generation EGFR-directed therapy afatinib versus first-generation gefitinib in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with common EGFR mutations. Read more...


Better Understanding of Mechanisms Blocking Cancer Cell Growth

January 28, 2016 8:52 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

DNA damage can lead to gene inactivation or deregulation and cause various diseases such as cancer. Read more...


Strong Swiss Franc Dents Earnings at Drug Maker Roche

January 28, 2016 8:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pharmaceuticals company Roche said a strong Swiss franc weighed on its earnings last year and contributed to a 5 percent drop in net income. Read more...


Gene Study Points Toward Therapies for Common Brain Disorders

January 28, 2016 8:43 am | by University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities. Read more...


U.N. to Decide if Zika Virus is a Global Health Emergency

January 28, 2016 8:37 am | by Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is convening an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency. Read more...


Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause

January 27, 2016 5:08 pm | by Benedict Carey, New York Times | News | Comments

Scientists reported on Wednesday that they had taken a significant step toward understanding the cause of schizophrenia, in a landmark study that provides the first rigorously tested insight into the biology behind any common psychiatric disorder. Read more..


In Medicine, Dying Doesn't Have to be a Struggle

January 27, 2016 11:56 am | by Paul Bisceglio, UCLA | News | Comments

Experts at an event hosted by Zocálo and UCLA assert that communication and compassion are essential at the end of life. Read more...

Drug Trial for Duchenne Suspended Over Safety Concerns

January 27, 2016 11:43 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Duchenne is a rare genetic disorder with no cure that causes muscles to weaken over time. Read more...


Chantix No Better Than Nicotine Patches, Study Suggests

January 27, 2016 11:04 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The smoking-cessation drug, Chantix, did not show benefits over other cessation aids, like nicotine patches and lozenges, at helping people quit, according to a recent study in JAMA. Read more...


Research Begins into Possibility of a Vaccine for Zika Virus

January 27, 2016 9:41 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America. Don't expect protection anytime soon - vaccine development typically takes years. Read more...


Edited Stem Cells Offer Hope of Precision Therapy for Blindness

January 27, 2016 9:36 am | by University of Iowa | News | Comments

Using a new technology for repairing disease genes--the much-talked-about CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing--University of Iowa researchers working together with Columbia University Medical Center ophthalmologists have corrected a blindness-causing gene mutation in stem cells derived from a patient. Read more...


Task Force Urges Doctors to Screen All Adults for Depression

January 27, 2016 9:21 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. Read more...


Oxford Spinout Orbit Discovery Launches Peptide-Discovery Platform

January 27, 2016 9:14 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Orbit Discovery will establish a screening platform to identify robust peptide drug candidates for both internal industry drug discovery programs and via collaborative research. Read more...


Pharmacists Key to Detecting CKD in At-Risk Patients

January 27, 2016 9:08 am | by Canadian Pharmacists Association | News | Comments

Pharmacists who screened at-risk patients for chronic kidney disease (CKD) found previously unrecognized disease in 1 of every 6.4 patients tested, according to a study to be published in the January/February 2016 issue of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal. Read more...


The Latest: Zika Case Detected in Arkansas Traveler

January 27, 2016 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. Read more...



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