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UCB Announces Phase 3 Data of Epilepsy Drug

December 8, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

UCB announced the primary efficacy and safety data from the latest Phase 3 study evaluating brivaracetam (fixed doses of 100 and 200 mg/day with no up-titration) as adjunctive treatment in adult epilepsy patients with partial-onset seizures. Read more...    

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Paralegal Claims Sanofi Fired Her for Whistleblowing

December 5, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

The lawsuit accuses recently ousted Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher and other execs of an alleged kickback scheme to increase sales of U.S. medicines. Read more...                

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CDC: Ebola Reports Rarely Panned Out

December 5, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report looked at Ebola-related calls the federal agency received this year from doctors, hospitals, and state and local health departments. Read more...          

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Oregon Hospital: Medication Error Killed Patient

December 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death. Read more...                       

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Jury Favors AstraZeneca in Nexium Antitrust Litigation

December 5, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

A jury in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts returned a verdict in favour of AstraZeneca in a Multi-District antitrust case. Read more...                 

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Study Suggests Potential Therapy for Common Form of Dementia

December 5, 2014 12:56 pm | by Bob Shepard, University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Drugs that boost the function of a specific type of neurotransmitter receptor may provide benefit to patients with the second most common type of dementia. Read more...                

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Genetic Errors Linked to More ALS Cases Than Previously Thought

December 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Michael C. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Genetic mutations may cause more cases of ALS than scientists previously had realized. Read more...                          

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Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 12:25 pm | by Elizabeth Cooney, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

New findings reveal how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow. Read more...                              

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Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective This Winter

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. Read more...                       

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GSK Cutting Hundreds of U.S. Jobs

December 5, 2014 12:02 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year. Read more...                     

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Takeda's Amyloidosis Inhibitor Gains Breakthrough Therapy Designation

December 5, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Takeda's amyloidosis inhibitor was designated as a breakthrough therapy by the FDA. Read more...                            

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Mylan Receives Tentative FDA Approval of HIV-1 Treatment

December 5, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Mylan has received tentative FDA approval of its HIV-1 treatment for pediatric patients. Read more...                           

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Building Personalized Approaches to Patient Care

December 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Sheldon, PhD, global vice president, Oracle Health Sciences | Articles | Comments

With the evolution of electronic medical records (EMR) systems, and the integration of genomic data with multi-dimensional longitudinal clinical data, the opportunity is rife to build truly personalized approaches to patient care. 

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Study Shows Serotonin Can Increase Risk of Drug Addiction

December 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Victoria University of Wellington | News | Comments

A new study shows that the development of drug addiction is related to brain levels of serotonin. Read more...                         

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Retina Discovery Could Lead to New Cancer Treatments

December 5, 2014 9:19 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Eye surgeons have discovered that the retina in human eyes uses energy in a very similar way to cancer. Read more...                        

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