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Briakinumab Effective at Clearing Plaques

October 12, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

A greater percentage of moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis patients treated with briakinumab, Abbott's investigational IL-12/23 inhibitor, achieved 75% or better skin clearance rates than those treated with etanercept, methotrexate, or placebo.


Merck Appealing EMA Ruling

October 12, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Merck KGaA has notified the European Medicines Agency of its intention to request a re-examination of the opinion issued by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use regarding Cladribine Tablets for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.


Court Won't Stop Hormone Replacement Lawsuits

October 12, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't reconsider a decision to reinstate more than 100 lawsuits filed by women who claimed that hormone replacement therapy caused breast cancer.


Folic Acid No Help With Heart Disease

October 12, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

Use of folic acid supplements appears to lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine—theorized to be a risk factor for heart and blood vessel disease—but does not appear to be associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular events, cancer or death.


Racial Disparities Common in Stroke Treatment

October 12, 2010 6:00 am | by Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

When her stroke hit, Edna Wooten somehow stopped her car. Then her grown daughter ignored her slurred protests and raced her to the hospital - in time for a drug to dissolve the blood clot causing her stroke.


Geron Testing Stem Cell Treatment in Humans

October 12, 2010 5:54 am | by Damian Troise | News | Comments

Geron Corp. has begun testing an embryonic stem-cell treatment on a patient with spinal cord injuries, marking the first time such a drug has been used on a human.


Supreme Court Hearing Vaccine Arguments

October 12, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Parents who say their daughter allegedly suffered serious health problems from a childhood vaccine are trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow them to sue the manufacturer.


Pfizer Buying King for $3.6B

October 12, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company by revenue, said it will buy pain drug maker King Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $3.6 billion in cash.


Digital Microscope

October 11, 2010 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keyence Corp.’s VHX-1000 digital microscope successfully integrates many of the optical properties and functionalities of stereoscopes, measuring microscopes, and scanning electron microscopes into an all-in-one.


Optical/SEM Microscope

October 11, 2010 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

JEOL USA, Inc. and the Japanese AIST have developed the ClairScope, a tool that couples optical microscopy with an atmospheric scanning electron microscope in an open culture system that retains the samples’ native state while under study.


Optical Microscope Accessory

October 11, 2010 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

VivaTome, an optical microscope accessory from Carl Zeiss and Aurox Ltd., addresses the problem of unwanted blurred information being included with the primary in-focus information from.


Reading List

October 11, 2010 10:28 am | by Rita C. Peters, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This month, I am pleased to share with you some features that are in our magazine, and some that are not. Editors are frequently frustrated by the physical limitations of the printed page.


Final Rule on Clinical Trial Safety Information

October 11, 2010 10:24 am | News | Comments

In late September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule that clarifies what safety information must be reported during clinical trials of investigational drugs and biologics.


Reading More from Microplates

October 11, 2010 10:12 am | by Mike May, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Many articles describe assays that work in multi-well plates, but without the technology to read the results these assays are of limited benefit to the drug discovery and development process.


Disposable Dialysis Plates

October 11, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harvard Apparatus offers the 192-Well DispoEquilibrium DIALYZERS that analyze up to 96 samples simultaneously on disposable dialysis plates.



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