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Birth Defects Risk Low for Women Taking Antiretrovirals

November 11, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Among pregnant women infected with HIV, the use of antiretroviral (ARV) medications early in pregnancy to treat their HIV or to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV does not appear to increase the risk of birth defects in their infants. Read more...

Catalyst Advance Has Possibilities for Drug Development

November 11, 2014 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry have described a method for creating and modifying organic compounds that overcomes a major limitation of previous methods. Read more...

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Fighting HIV with Stem Cells and Cutting-edge Genetics

November 11, 2014 10:51 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

“Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown was cured of HIV after he received stem cells from a patient naturally immune to the disease. His story inspired two companies to try and recreate that natural immunity in HIV patients using stem cells and two (then-new) gene-editing techniques. Read more...

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OSU Professor Helps Develop Promising Ebola Drug

November 11, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

As the Ebola crisis in Africa continues and concern ramps up in the United States, a pharmaceutical company with a Corvallis connection is ready to respond with a limited amount of a potentially promising new drug. Read more...

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FDA Accepts Amgen's BLA for Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

November 11, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Amgen announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review Amgen's Biologics License Application (BLA) for evolocumab for the treatment of high cholesterol. Read more...

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New Research Venture Aims to Lower Cost of Meds

November 11, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Bath is the first institution outside the United States to receive funding from the US Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), for a major new research collaboration that will strive to open up the pharmaceutical drugs market and enable the design of better and cheaper medicines. Read more...

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Google, CEO Donate to Ebola Fight

November 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Google is launching a campaign to help fight Ebola by contributing $2 for every dollar people donate to a slew of nonprofits such as Save the Children and the Doctors Without Borders. Read more...

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Gilead's Hep C Drug Gets Positive Results

November 11, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Gilead Sciences Inc. announced results from several Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies evaluating investigational uses of Harvoni (ledipasvir 90 mg/sofosbuvir 400 mg) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in patients with limited or no treatment options. Read more...

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New Ebola Treatment Unit Opens in Liberia

November 10, 2014 3:07 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia. Read more...                           

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BI Launches Global Trial for Antidote in Patients Taking Pradaxa

November 10, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Boehringer Ingelheim announced the initiation of U.S. sites for a test trial revolving around a potential antidote for patients taking pradaxa. Read more...                  

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Classifications of Gene Mutations in Children's Cancer May Lead to Better Treatments

November 10, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs. Read more...          

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Dendreon Corporation Files for Bankruptcy

November 10, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Murphy - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company had high hopes for an innovative prostate cancer treatment but sales of the drug fell extremely short of expectations. Read more...                    

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Lilly's Injectable Diabetes Drug is Now Available in US Pharmacies

November 10, 2014 1:18 pm | News | Comments

Eli Lilly's new type 2 diabetes drug arrives in US pharmacies today. Read more...                              

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J&J Announces Completed Acquisition of Alios BioPharma

November 10, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced the completion of the acquisition of Alios BioPharma. Read more...                           

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Scientists Find Protein That Could Improve Cancer Therapies

November 10, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

UCLA scientists have discovered that a protein usually linked to rare neurological disorders is also associated with head and neck cancer. Read more...                  

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