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Disrupting Cancer Pathway Could Enhance New Immunotherapies

May 11, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Chicago Medical Center | News | Comments

Understanding how to overrule a signaling pathway that can cause treatments to fail in metastatic melanoma patients should help physicians extend the benefits of recently approved immunity-boosting drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors to more patients. Read more..

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Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain's Normal Functioning

May 11, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. Read more...

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FDA Questions Benefit of Cystic Fibrosis Drug From Vertex

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have questions about the benefits of an experimental combination drug for cystic fibrosis, including whether the addition of a second drug ingredient adds to the pill's effectiveness. Read more...

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GSK, UNC Team Up to Fight HIV

May 11, 2015 10:47 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Glaxo will spend a total of $20 million over the next five years to fund this endeavor.  Read more...

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Trial to Study Whether Statins Reduce Stroke, Heart Attacks in HIV Patients

May 11, 2015 10:43 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The Washington University AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is the first in the nation to open a clinical trial evaluating whether statins reduce heart attacks and strokes in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Read more....

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New Blood Tests, Liquid Biopsies, May Transform Cancer Care

May 11, 2015 10:31 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new type of blood test is starting to transform cancer treatment, sparing some patients the surgical and needle biopsies long needed to guide their care. Read more...

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2 Babies Die, 29 Sickened from Bad Vaccines in South Mexico

May 11, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's public health system has suspended infant vaccines and mounted an investigation after two babies died and 29 were sickened in an impoverished community in southern Mexico. Read more...

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Potential New Cancer Treatment Targets Identified

May 11, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Research papers identify key steps in cell division and potential to inhibit cancer cell division. Read more...

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Debiotech Gets Exclusive Option Rights for iSense Patch Pumps

May 11, 2015 9:19 am | News | Comments

These tools will be used for diabetes therapy. Read more...

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Elasmogen, Almac Discovery Join Forces to Tackle Solid Tumors

May 11, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Both companies announced that they have entered into an agreement to co-develop Elasmogen technology for the treatment of solid tumors. Read more...

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Liberia Churches Celebrate End of Ebola

May 11, 2015 8:50 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drumbeats echoed across Liberia's capital on Sunday as Christian leaders heeded the president's call to celebrate the eradication of Ebola in the country following a horrific outbreak that claimed more than 4,700 lives in this West African nation. Read more...

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New Treatment Option for Aggressive Lymphoma Subtype

May 11, 2015 8:46 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has discovered a specific combination of mutations and new gene fusions, which are heavily implicated in tumour growth in patients with a particularly aggressive subtype of lymphoma. Read more...

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Nanotechnology Applications in Drug Delivery

May 8, 2015 4:28 pm | by Michael Morgen, Ph.D., Bend Research Inc., a division of Capsugel Dosage Form Solutions | Articles | Comments

In recent years nanotechnology has received significant interest for a wide range of applications, including those within the pharmaceutical industry.  In this area in particular, a number of diverse nano-sized structures have been investigated for drug formulation and delivery. Read more...

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WHO Adds Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs to List of Essential Medicines

May 8, 2015 1:40 pm | News | Comments

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. Read more...

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Researchers Connect Haywire Protein to Breast Cancer, Leukemia

May 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Scripps Research Insitute | News | Comments

A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) sheds light on the cause of some cancers, including breast cancer and leukemia. Read more...

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