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Eli Lilly and German Startup Collaborating on Cancer Immunotherapies

May 12, 2015 12:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Pharma giant Eli Lilly and Company and a German startup have reached a highly-incentivized agreement to collaborate on new cancer treatments arming the body’s immune system to fight tumors, the companies announced. Read more...

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Imprimis Pharmaceuticals : $15M Loan Agreement with Life Sciences Alternative Funding

May 12, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary compounded drug formulations, today announced it has entered into a loan agreement with IMMY Funding LLC, an affiliate of Life Sciences Alternative Funding LLC (LSAF), a leading provider of debt capital to fund growth for commercial-stage life sciences companies. Read more...

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Imago Pharmaceuticals Partner to Speed Parkinson's Research

May 12, 2015 10:50 am | News | Comments

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) announces the acquisition of a library of research tools around the parkin protein from Imago Pharmaceuticals. Read more...

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23andMe, Pfizer Partner on Finding a Cure for Lupus

May 12, 2015 10:17 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The goal is to identify the genetic factors behind the autoimmune disorder and eventually manufacture drugs for it. Read more...

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Ticks, the Disease They Carry, Moving Around U.S.

May 12, 2015 8:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the southern part of Indiana, an oasis exists where the ticks don’t carry Lyme Disease. But the rest of the contiguous U.S. still needs to watch out for the little sickness-carrying arachnids, with each walk in the woods. The geography of the various tick species is changing – and with it, some of what they can be carrying with each bite, according to new Indiana University research. Read more...

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Antibiotic Resistant Typhoid Detected in Countries Around the World

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | News | Comments

There is an urgent need to develop global surveillance against the threat to public health caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, which can cause serious and untreatable infections in humans. Read more...

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Panel Calls for Change at WHO after Slow Response to Ebola

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent panel of experts said Monday that "deep and substantial" change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa's Ebola outbreak. Read more...

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The U.S. Looks to Improve on Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine

May 12, 2015 8:38 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The injection is being evaluated as a possible preventative intervention. Read more...

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New Report: First Compilation of Global Addictions

May 12, 2015 8:37 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

The world’s first comprehensive report on global addictions has revealed Australians smoke less tobacco and drink less alcohol than the British, but Aussies take more illicit drugs. Read more...

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Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 3:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tiny trace amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be found on fingerprints using mass spectrometry, according to a new study. The advanced technique can find incredibly small amounts of the narcotics on a fingerprint, the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers found. Read more...

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Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards: From Detecting HIV to Nanoscale Imaging

May 11, 2015 3:24 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

In the spirit of its title, this year’s Tribeca Film Festival’s Disruptive Technologies awards ceremony did not distinguish between work that was only simple or complex; only big or small. It focused on work that angled to disrupt the norm, or “transcend limits,” said presenter and Tribeca Film Institute co-founder Craig Hatkoff. Read more...

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University Admits Missteps In Second Drug Study

May 11, 2015 11:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The University of Minnesota is apologizing to a Rosemount man who claimed he was coerced into enrolling in a schizophrenia drug trial, a second local case to raise questions about patient safeguards during research. Read more...

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Disrupting Cancer Pathway Could Enhance New Immunotherapies

May 11, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | News | Comments

Understanding how to overrule a signaling pathway that can cause treatments to fail in metastatic melanoma patients should help physicians extend the benefits of recently approved immunity-boosting drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors to more patients. Read more..

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Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain's Normal Functioning

May 11, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. Read more...

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FDA Questions Benefit of Cystic Fibrosis Drug From Vertex

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have questions about the benefits of an experimental combination drug for cystic fibrosis, including whether the addition of a second drug ingredient adds to the pill's effectiveness. Read more...

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