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Purdue, AnaBios to Collaborate on Advancing Pain Pill Research

September 24, 2015 11:21 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This partnership will focus on compounds that are targeting an area called the Nav1.7 sodium ion channel. Read more...


Revolutionary Gene-editing Technique to Stop AIDS Virus in Its Tracks

September 24, 2015 11:04 am | by University of Nevada, Las Vegas | News | Comments

Researchers have engineered a new protein that they believe has placed science much closer to an HIV cure. A patent application has been filed and testing is underway on the protein—called HT-TALENs —which uses a newly developed gene-editing technique to rid the body's cells of the immunodeficiency virus before it has a chance to multiply and possibly develop into AIDS. Read more...


New Virus Identified in Blood Supply

September 24, 2015 10:46 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new virus that can be transmitted through the blood supply. Currently, it is unclear whether the virus is harmful or not, but it is related to hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human pegivirus (HPgV), the latter of which was formerly known as hepatitis G virus. Read more...


Keryx Receives European Approval for Fexeric(R) for Hyperphosphatemia Treatment

September 24, 2015 10:42 am | News | Comments

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the European Commission has approved Fexeric(R) (ferric citrate coordination complex) for the control of elevated serum phosphorus levels, or hyperphosphatemia, in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including both dialysis and pre-dialysis patients. Read more...


Can Vitamin B Supercharge Your Dreams?

September 24, 2015 10:03 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

A University of Adelaide researcher is calling for participants to assist in a new national study investigating whether vitamin B can enhance dreaming. Read more...


Spain Court Backs Ruling for German Firm in Thalidomide Case

September 24, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that a German pharmaceutical company does not have to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide. Read more...


Roche Gains FDA CLIA Waiver for Flu A/B Test for Cobas Liat PCR System

September 24, 2015 9:56 am | News | Comments

An estimated three to five million individuals develop influenza each year worldwide. Read more...


We Need a New Golden Age of Antibiotics

September 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Alice Erwin, microbiologist, and scientific consultant with InnovaTID | Articles | Comments

In the race between resistant bacteria and the drugs that can treat them, humanity is losing ground.  Antibiotics are rapidly losing their effectiveness as microbes evolve to resist them. As the United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said, “We have reached a critical point and must act now on a global scale to slow down antimicrobial resistance.” Read more...


Identifying the 'Dimmer Switch' of Diabetes

September 24, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

The dimmer appears to be lost in Type 2 diabetes but can be restored and ‘turned back on’. Read more...


Enlisting Viruses

September 24, 2015 7:30 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the hunt for new ways to kill harmful bacteria, scientists have turned to a natural predator: viruses that infect bacteria. Read more...


U.N. Ebola Response Now Planned to Continue Into 2016

September 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is now planning for its Ebola response to last into mid-2016. Read more...


Seeking a Better Way to Design Drugs

September 23, 2015 12:51 pm | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $346,000 to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for a three-year research project to advance development of a chemical process that could significantly improve the ability to design new pharmaceuticals and streamline the manufacturing of existing drugs. Read more...


Amgen, Allergan: Positive Top-line Results From Phase 3 Study of Biosimilar Candidate

September 23, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Amgen and Allergan plc. today announced a Phase 3 study of biosimilar candidate ABP 215 met its primary and secondary endpoints. The study evaluated the efficacy and safety of ABP 215 compared with Avastin (bevacizumab) in adult patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more...


New Cancer Genes Identified, Opening Door to Targeted Treatments

September 23, 2015 12:42 pm | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

In a discovery that could lead to more targeted and effective treatments for certain lung and prostate cancers, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified two new cancer-causing gene mutations – mutations that may be particularly susceptible to cancer-fighting drugs already approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.  Read more...


Scientists Awarded $6 Million to Develop Alternative HIV/AIDS Vaccine

September 23, 2015 12:36 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded up to nearly $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a revolutionary HIV/AIDS alternative vaccine that has demonstrated great potential in animal models. Read more...



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