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Why are Generic Drugs Getting Pricy?

January 22, 2015 11:14 am | by The Conversation, Geoffrey Joyce | News | Comments

More than eight out of every 10 prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. is generic. This growth is because of a large number of top-selling drugs going off patent over the past decade, as well as innovations in the retail sector, such as Walmart’s $4 generic program.

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New Revolutionary Culturing Technique for Liver and Pancreas

January 22, 2015 10:00 am | by Hubrecht Institute | News | Comments

Scientists successfully developed a culturing system for human liver stem cells as well as stem cells from pancreatic cancer. Read more...                     

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World's Only Super-Database for Pharmaceutical Use During Pregnancy

January 22, 2015 9:50 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Medical researchers must exclude pregnant women from drug trials to protect their babies. Read more...                           

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Researchers Make Progress Understanding Rare Pediatric Cancer

January 22, 2015 9:41 am | by Laura Herperger, University of Calgary | News | Comments

This malignant cancer is characterized by an excessive growth of melanin-producing cells in both the skin and the brain. Read more...                     

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BioMérieux, Astute Medical: Global Agreement to Develop, Market AKI Test

January 22, 2015 9:32 am | News | Comments

This is a semi-exclusive agreement regarding the development of a test for the early risk assessment of acute kidney injury (AKI). Read more...                    

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Study Links Gene to Drug Resistance in Testicular Cancer

January 22, 2015 9:23 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

A major research study has uncovered several new genetic mutations that could drive testicular cancer. Read more...                        

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Twitter Can Predict Hot Spots for Coronary Heart Disease

January 22, 2015 9:18 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that social media can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease. Read more...               

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Brittany Maynard Family Pushing California Right-to-Die Bill

January 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Fent Nirappil - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. Read more...                

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Study Shows How Ebola Becomes Lethal as it Spreads

January 21, 2015 11:58 am | by University of Liverpool | News | Comments

The research team looked at the Zaire Ebola strain in an animal system to understand how it gains strength. Read more...                        

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Scientists Find New Benefit to Lou Gehrig's Drug

January 21, 2015 11:51 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

It makes radiation more effective when treating melanoma that has metastasized to the brain. Read more...                          

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Researchers Open 'Pandora's Box' of Potential Cancer Biomarkers

January 21, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new analysis opens the door to discovery of thousands of potential new cancer biomarkers. Read more...                          

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Shedding Light on Genetic Mutations in Autism

January 21, 2015 10:19 am | by Dartmouth Univ. | News | Comments

Recent research has linked autism with a lack of "pruning" in developing brain connections, but a new Dartmouth study suggests instead it is the excessive growth of new connections that causes sensory overload in people with the disorder. Read more...

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NIH Researchers Tackle Thorny Side of Gene Therapy

January 21, 2015 10:05 am | by NIH | News | Comments

National Institutes of Health researchers have uncovered a key factor in understanding the elevated cancer risk associated with gene therapy. They conducted research on mice with a rare disease similar to one in humans, hoping their findings may eventually help improve gene therapy for humans. Read more...

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Pharmalink: Open IND Application for IgA Nephropathy

January 21, 2015 9:59 am | by Pharmalink | News | Comments

Pharmalink AB, a specialty pharma company focused on orphan and niche products, announces that its IND for Nefecon is now open with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Read more...                                  

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Boehringer Ingelheim: Inhalation Spray Available in U.S.

January 21, 2015 9:53 am | by Boehringer Ingelheim | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that Spiriva Respimat(tiotropium bromide) Inhalation Spray is now available by prescription through retail pharmacies across the United States. Read more...                                                         

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