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Schizophrenia and Omega-3 Supplement Study Has “Enormous Potential,” Says NIMH Director

August 14, 2015 9:47 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

A mere 12 weeks of taking omega-3 fish oil capsules can ward off schizophrenia and other psychoses in at-risk children for 6.7 years, suggests a new Nature Communications paper. Of 41 at-risk young people taking three months of omega-3 supplements, most not only did not show severe functional impairment, but no longer experienced warning signs of psychosis, nearly seven years later. Read more...

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Glaxo: Meds from Plant with Legionnaires' Bacteria are Safe

August 14, 2015 8:51 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The London-based drug maker expects within three days it will reopen the manufacturing plant in Zebulon, about 25 miles east of Raleigh. Read more...

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Hangovers Cost Australia $3B Each Year - But That Has Nothing on U.S. Drinkers

August 14, 2015 8:42 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The time lost because of sick days and other time away from offices in Australia has nearly tripled since 2001. Read more...

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Teva Announces FDA Acceptance of NDA for SD-809 for Huntington Disease Treatment

August 14, 2015 8:15 am | News | Comments

The NDA filing is based on positive results from two Phase 3 studies, FIRST-HD and ARC-HD. Read more...

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Roche Buys GeneWEAVE to Boost Microbiology Diagnostics Offerings

August 14, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

The acquisition provides Roche with GeneWEAVE’s Smarticles technology. Read more...

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Chemotherapy, Immune-Blocking Drug Combination Could Stop Cancer Growing Back

August 14, 2015 7:45 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Clinical trials of patients are needed to confirm these early findings to see if the drug could help cancer patients after chemotherapy. Read more...

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Deadly Jellyfish "Milked" to Save Lives

August 14, 2015 7:30 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

The new method uses ethanol to cause tentacle venom cells – nematocysts – to fire. Read more...

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FDA Approves BioDelivery's New Formulation of Onsolis

August 13, 2015 12:43 pm | News | Comments

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. announced the approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for a new formulation of Onsolis (fentanyl buccal soluble film) CII for the management of breakthrough pain in patients with cancer who are opioid tolerant. Read more...

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Elastic Drug Delivery Technology Releases Drugs When Stretched

August 13, 2015 12:38 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a drug delivery technology that consists of an elastic patch that can be applied to the skin and will release drugs whenever the patch is stretched. Read more...

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Adrenals Run Amok: Discovery Could Aid Precision Medicine for High Blood Pressure

August 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Each of your kidneys wears a little yellow cap that helps keep your blood pressure in check, and much more. But in some people, it starts running amok, pumping out a hormone that sends blood pressure sky-high. Read more...

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Doctors: Various Factors Figure into Carter Cancer Treatment

August 13, 2015 12:18 pm | by Kathleen Foody and Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

Determining what treatment to pursue for former President Jimmy Carter's cancer will depend on its type, its origin and factors such as age and health, doctors said. Carter, 90, announced Wednesday that recent liver surgery found cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. Read more...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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