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Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

August 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

​The furor on Capitol Hill over Planned Parenthood has stoked a debate about the use of tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research, but U.S. scientists have been using such cells for decades to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss to cancer and AIDS. Read more...


Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Drug Development

August 13, 2015 11:34 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to balancing the risks with the benefits of a drug, it’s vital to have the full picture of a patient’s treatment experience. In an effort to give patients a stronger voice, researchers have created and implemented a system to enable patients to directly report their symptoms during cancer drug development, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology. Read more...


New Drug Target Identified for Serious Heart and Lung Condition

August 13, 2015 8:42 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

A gene has been identified that sheds new light on a potentially fatal heart and lung condition and could lead to a new treatment. Read more...


Medical Researchers a Step Closer to Developing Anti-Obesity Pill

August 13, 2015 8:38 am | by Deakin University | News | Comments

A weight loss pill could soon be possible thanks to the work of Deakin University medical researchers. Read more...


Research Team Takes Step Forward in Understanding Cancer-Fighting Compounds

August 13, 2015 8:15 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Researchers have identified for the first time the compound legonmycins, which they named after the region in Ghana in which it was found. Read more...


Roche Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for CLL Drug

August 13, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

People with this type of CLL typically have a median life expectancy of less than three years. Read more...


Vaccine for Common Childhood Infection May Finally be Possible

August 13, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

RSV kills around 200,000 people worldwide each year.


Global Blood Therapeutics Surges after $120M IPO

August 13, 2015 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's offering of 6 million shares priced at $20 each. In midday trading, the stock rose 95 percent to $39 while the broader markets were down. Read more...


Receptors in Brain Linked to Schizophrenia, Autism

August 12, 2015 12:26 pm | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Mice lacking a set of receptors in one type of neuron in the brain developed compulsive, anti-social behaviors, Salk scientists found. Read more...


Scientists Determine How Antibiotic Gains Cancer-Killing Sulfur Atoms

August 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

In a discovery with implications for future drug design, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown an unprecedented mechanism for how a natural antibiotic with antitumor properties incorporates sulfur into its molecular structure, an essential ingredient of its antitumor activity. Read more..


Hepatitis C Infection May Fuel Heart Risk

August 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Results suggest need for vigilant monitoring in those infected with the liver-damaging virus. Read more...


FDA Issues Warning Over Kim Kardashian's Drug Promotions

August 12, 2015 12:11 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye. But she's probably never faced negative publicity like this before: The Food and Drug Administration says Kardashian's social media posts violate federal drug-promotion rules. Read more...


Brain Scans Can Target Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder

August 12, 2015 11:40 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Finding a treatment that works for a psychiatric disorder, like social anxiety disorder (SAD), is a game of chance. Often, patients with SAD will try several treatments before landing on a match, in a “trial-and-error process” that can be time-consuming, expensive, and not least of all frustrating. MIT researchers analyzed brain regions to predict clinical responses to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in people with SAD. Read more...


Molecular Discovery Paves Way for New Diabetic Heart Disease Treatments

August 12, 2015 8:36 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes. Read more...


Drugmaker Glaxo Shuts Down Plant over Legionnaires' Bacteria

August 12, 2015 8:22 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration was checking into reports of the bacteria's discovery and a spokesman said questions should be directed to GlaxoSmithKline. Read more...



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