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Why New Antiobiotics for Superbugs are Hard to Find

January 15, 2015 9:14 am | by Matthew Cooper, University of Queensland | News | Comments

The majority of antibiotics we use at home or in hospitals today have their origins in natural products. Read more...                        


Red Cross Nurse Dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

January 15, 2015 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Red Cross is investigating how this infection happened. Read more...                                


Alimera Announces First Sale of Iluvien in Portugal

January 15, 2015 8:59 am | News | Comments

Alimera's medication is for the treatment of vision impairment associated with chronic diabetes. Read more...                         


Death Row Inmates Seek Appeal for Drug Protocol Ruling

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for four Oklahoma death row inmates are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 10th Circuit Court ruling that approved the state's execution drug protocol. Read more...            


FDA Approves First of Kind Device for Obesity Treatment

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

This is the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness. Read more...              


Researchers Create Novel Platform for Pancreatic, Breast Cancer Treatment

January 14, 2015 12:34 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a novel synthetic compound that sharply inhibits the activity of a protein that plays an important role in in the progression of breast and pancreatic cancers. Read more...          


Scientists Discover 'Trick' Steroids That Can Suppress Inflammation

January 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Georgia State University | News | Comments

These drugs could be used to make new anti-inflammatory drugs without the harmful side effects of steroids. Read more...                        


Possible Treatments Found for Highly Contagious Norovirus

January 14, 2015 12:05 pm | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

New evidence in mice suggests antibiotics may help fight norovirus. Read more...                              


No Sign of Ebola in CDC Worker Feared Exposed Weeks Ago

January 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola symptoms usually strike within three weeks of infection. Read more...                               


Study Reveals Lack of Data on Opioid Drugs

January 14, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Many of the studies used to justify the prescription of these drugs were either poorly conducted or of an insufficient duration. Read more...                    


Novartis, Qualcomm Create Investment Company for Digital Health

January 14, 2015 9:28 am | News | Comments

Digital and mobile technologies are expected to make a significant difference in the pharmaceutical industry. Read more...                       


Roche, Meiji and Fedora Team Up to Tackle Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics

January 14, 2015 9:22 am | News | Comments

The three pharmaceutical companies entered into a license agreement for the development and commercialization of a new inhibitor. Read more...                    


How to Predict Responses to Disease

January 14, 2015 9:12 am | by David L. Chandler - MIT | News | Comments

Computer model could help public health officials anticipate overreactions to disease outbreaks. Read more...                         


Tumor Micro-Environment: Rough for Nanoparticle Cancer Drugs

January 13, 2015 5:10 pm | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Nanoparticle drugs—tiny containers packed with medicine and with the potential to be shipped straight to tumors—were thought to be a possible silver bullet against cancer. However new cancer drugs based on nanoparticles have not improved overall survival rates for cancer patients very much. Read more...


Techniques for RNA Detection in Live Cells

January 13, 2015 4:34 pm | by Martin J. Stoddart, Ph.D. Principal Scientist, Musculoskeletal Regeneration AO Research Institute Davos and Don Weldon R&D Manager EMD Millipore Corporation | Articles | Comments

RNA plays a key regulatory role in cell and tissue development as well as during disease progression. By studying RNA, researchers can advance the understanding of gene expression patterns and determine the roles of genomic elements in cellular function and dysfunction. Read more...



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