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Out of Breath and Out of Pocket

May 13, 2015 10:06 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard University | News | Comments

After ozone-protecting inhaler ban, asthma patients pay nearly twice as much more per year for inhalers. Read more...

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AstraZeneca to Focus on Precision Medicine for Asthma, Heart Disease

May 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Abbot Laboratories and the Montreal Heart Institute will help the company with this project. Read more..

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Nurse in Italy Tests Positive for Ebola; Was in Sierra Leone

May 13, 2015 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italy's health ministry said a nurse who came to Italy from Sierra Leone last week has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Read more...

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Starved T Cells Allow Hepatitis B to Silently Infect Liver

May 13, 2015 8:34 am | by University College London | News | Comments

Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function. Read more...

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One Gene Closer to Helping Sufferers of Rare Genetic Disorder

May 13, 2015 8:27 am | by University of Lincoln | News | Comments

A new study has separately confirmed and significantly built on recent research, identifying mutations of a gene that causes the uncommon but potentially fatal Adams-Oliver syndrome. Read more...

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The Key to Stopping Sarcomas' Spread

May 13, 2015 8:26 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

When sarcomas become large enough and outgrow their blood supply, they become vulnerable to hypoxia — a lack of oxygen. That adaptation not only enables them to survive the stress of low oxygen — it also enables them to withstand cancer drugs. Read more...

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New Blood Test for Fibromyalgia Moves a Step Closer

May 13, 2015 8:24 am | by Arthritis UK | News | Comments

New research by scientists could lead to a blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia. Read more...

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Personalized Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer Shows Encouraging Results

May 13, 2015 8:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Doctors typically implement a CA-125 blood test to detect ovarian cancer because high levels of the protein cause tumors to form. Read more...

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Eli Lilly and German Startup Collaborating on Cancer Immunotherapies

May 12, 2015 12:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Pharma giant Eli Lilly and Company and a German startup have reached a highly-incentivized agreement to collaborate on new cancer treatments arming the body’s immune system to fight tumors, the companies announced. Read more...

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Imprimis Pharmaceuticals : $15M Loan Agreement with Life Sciences Alternative Funding

May 12, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary compounded drug formulations, today announced it has entered into a loan agreement with IMMY Funding LLC, an affiliate of Life Sciences Alternative Funding LLC (LSAF), a leading provider of debt capital to fund growth for commercial-stage life sciences companies. Read more...

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Imago Pharmaceuticals Partner to Speed Parkinson's Research

May 12, 2015 10:50 am | News | Comments

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) announces the acquisition of a library of research tools around the parkin protein from Imago Pharmaceuticals. Read more...

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23andMe, Pfizer Partner on Finding a Cure for Lupus

May 12, 2015 10:17 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The goal is to identify the genetic factors behind the autoimmune disorder and eventually manufacture drugs for it. Read more...

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Ticks, the Disease They Carry, Moving Around U.S.

May 12, 2015 8:40 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the southern part of Indiana, an oasis exists where the ticks don’t carry Lyme Disease. But the rest of the contiguous U.S. still needs to watch out for the little sickness-carrying arachnids, with each walk in the woods. The geography of the various tick species is changing – and with it, some of what they can be carrying with each bite, according to new Indiana University research. Read more...

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Antibiotic Resistant Typhoid Detected in Countries Around the World

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute | News | Comments

There is an urgent need to develop global surveillance against the threat to public health caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens, which can cause serious and untreatable infections in humans. Read more...

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Panel Calls for Change at WHO after Slow Response to Ebola

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Krista Larson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An independent panel of experts said Monday that "deep and substantial" change is needed at the World Health Organization following its slow response to early warnings about West Africa's Ebola outbreak. Read more...

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