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Safety, Life-Saving Efficacy of Statins Exaggerated: USF Scientist

February 20, 2015 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Hailed as miracle drugs when they hit the market two decades ago, statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed to prevent heart attacks, are not as effective nor as safe as we have been led to believe, say Dr. David M. Diamond, a professor of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida. Read more..

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Lawyer: Teen Infected by 'Superbug' Struggling to Survive

February 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by Alicia Chang and John Rogers, AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a "superbug" outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said. Read more...

Lilly Provides Update on Evacetrapib Phase 3 Trial

February 20, 2015 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Company has accepted the recommendation of the ACCELERATE study academic executive committee, based on emerging science in the cardiovascular field, to extend the Phase 3 trial of the investigational medicine evacetrapib by approximately six months. Read more....

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Building Understanding of Hepatitis C Virus Replication

February 20, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

The study, published online in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, explains the role of one small, but critical molecule called miR-122 in helping the virus replicate itself. Read more...                           

Evaluating Drugs to Improve Vision In Diabetic Macular Edema

February 20, 2015 12:05 pm | by Marla Paul, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

A national study led by Northwestern Medicine shows the drug Eylea is superior for improving the eyesight of persons with poor vision due to diabetic macular edema, a major cause of vision loss from diabetes, according to Lee Jampol, MD, Louis Feinberg, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology. Read more...

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The Evolution of Birth Control

February 20, 2015 11:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This video shows how contraception has evolved over the years. Read more...                               

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Novo Nordisk Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for Type 2 Diabetes Drug Study

February 20, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

Novo Nordisk announced that it has successfully completed the phase 2 trial for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. Read more...                      

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Large Amounts of Mitochondrial Toxic Agents Cross the Placenta Barrier

February 20, 2015 9:07 am | by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona | News | Comments

Mitochondria can suffer from two types of disease: genetic or acquired. Read more...                             

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Researchers Discover Potential Treatment for Drug Resistant TB

February 20, 2015 8:59 am | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

This form of the disease cannot be cured with conventional therapies. Read more...                             

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Indian Health Authorities: 700 Died in Flu Outbreak

February 20, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health authorities were working to ensure remote hospitals in northern and western India had adequate medical supplies for a flu outbreak that has claimed more than 700 lives in 10 weeks. Read more...          

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Cancer Risk Linked to DNA 'Wormholes'

February 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

Single-letter genetic variations within parts of the genome once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ can increase cancer risk. Read more...                      

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UN Ebola Chief Hails Successes, Warns of Fatigue

February 20, 2015 8:47 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response hailed Liberia's success in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. Read more...                  

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The Journey to an HIV Vaccine Endures

February 19, 2015 12:46 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

Despite more than 30 years of efforts, scientists have not yet come up with a reliably effective HIV vaccine — in part, because of the inherently complicated nature of the virus. Here are where their research efforts stand today.

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VirMedica Makes Capital Investment in D2 Pharma Consulting

February 19, 2015 10:12 am | by D2 | News | Comments

VirMedica, Inc., a leading provider of technology solutions designed to optimize the commercialization of specialty pharmaceutical products, announced that it has made a significant capital investment in D2 Pharma Consulting, LLC ("D2"). Read more...

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Cholesterol Count Results: Most Americans Don't Know LDL-C Levels

February 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Sanofi | News | Comments

Despite the fact that high LDL-C (bad cholesterol) is a critical heart health factor for adults,1 71 percent of Americans surveyed (n=2,033) are not sure of or do not recall their LDL-C (bad cholesterol) levels, according to the initial results from the Cholesterol Counts Poll released during American Heart Month. Read more...

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