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Investigating Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia Patients

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers will take the lead in a three-year study that will investigate the effectiveness of federal and state initiatives to address overprescribing of antipsychotic medications for dementia patients in nursing homes. Read more...

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New Ebola Study Points to Potential Drug Target

April 13, 2015 11:10 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Opening the door to potential treatments for the deadly Ebola virus, scientists have found that a protein made by the virus plays a role similar to that of a coat-check attendant. Read more...

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Medivir, Cancer Research Technology Team Up to Develop New Class of Cancer Drugs

April 13, 2015 8:33 am | News | Comments

Medivir and Cancer Research UK’s commercialization and development arm announce a partnership to develop a new class of drugs that has shown promise for treating a range of different cancers, including pancreatic cancer. Read more...

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Cancer Surge in China Prompts Rise of Special Patient Hotels

April 13, 2015 8:27 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

With lung, bowel and breast cancer rates surging in China, such hotels have sprouted up in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, part of an ad hoc response to what medical experts say is a growing health crisis challenging an unprepared medical system. Read more...

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Daiichi Sankyo, Terumo Apply for Manufacturing and Sales Approval of Flu Vaccine in Japan

April 13, 2015 8:22 am | News | Comments

The Vaccine is a pre-filled syringe type, intradermal influenza HA vaccine co-developed by four companies under a February 23, 2012, agreement. Read more...

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Research Probes New Targets for Cancer Treatment

April 13, 2015 8:22 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

New research has identified potential new targets for the treatment of certain types of cancer. Read more...

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Ketamine Found to Alleviate Depression

April 13, 2015 8:21 am | by University of Hertfordshire | News | Comments

Researchers have found that Ketamine, which has a reputation as an illicit recreational drug, has an extremely large depression reducing effect. Read more...

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Ebola Still Global Emergency Despite Big Drop in Cases

April 13, 2015 8:21 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said the year-long Ebola outbreak in West Africa still qualifies as an international emergency even though the number of cases has plummeted. Read more...

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First Look at 'Wasabi Receptor' Brings Insight for Pain Drug Development

April 10, 2015 10:51 am | by Peter Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

Protein’s structure will guide hunt for new treatments of inflammation-induced pain. Read more...

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Scientists Find Molecular Trigger of Schizophrenia - Like Behaviors

April 10, 2015 10:21 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

The research gives scientists new tools for someday preventing or treating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism. Read more...

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Suit Claims AIDS Foundation Scammed Medicare for $20M

April 10, 2015 10:11 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care is accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid in an elaborate $20 million dollar scam that spanned 12 states. Read more...

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Oncolytics Files for Orphan Drug Designation with FDA for Gastric Cancer

April 9, 2015 5:14 pm | News | Comments

Oncolytics Biotech Inc. announced that it has submitted an application for Orphan Drug Designation to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") for Reolysin for the treatment of gastric cancer.  Read more

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Breast Cancer Cells May Spread by Mimicking Blood Vessels

April 9, 2015 5:10 pm | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

U.S. scientists have discovered how tumor cells that mimic blood vessels could help breast cancer to spread around the body. Read more...

Genetic Screening Could Improve Breast Cancer Prevention

April 9, 2015 5:03 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A test for a wide range of genetic risk factors could improve doctors’ ability to work out which women are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, a major study of more than 65,000 women has shown. Read more...

NIH Funds Nine Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Projects

April 9, 2015 4:57 pm | by NIH | News | Comments

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Read more..

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