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Specialty Drugs Help CVS Health Meet 4Q Profit Forecasts

February 10, 2015 12:13 pm | by Tom Murphy - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company said that growing demand for expensive specialty drugs helped increase revenue from its pharmacy benefits management. Read more...                    

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Could There Be a Gleevec for Brain Cancer?

February 10, 2015 12:06 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The drug was specifically designed to target an abnormal molecule—a fusion of two normal cell proteins—that fueled a tumor’s growth. Read more...                   

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Engineered Insulin Could Offer Better Diabetes Control

February 10, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineers hope to improve treatment for diabetes patients with a new type of engineered insulin. Read more...                         

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Engineered Insulin Could Offer Better Diabetes Control

February 10, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineers hope to improve treatment for diabetes patients with a new type of engineered insulin. Read more...                         

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Study Shows Why Some Targeted Cancer Drugs Lose Effectiveness

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Pete Farley, UCSF | News | Comments

A protein plays a key role in the emergence of resistance to targeted cancer therapies. Read more..                            

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Persevering Past Roadblocks to Build Promising Ebola Vaccine

February 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

It took 16 years of twists and turns. Over and over, Dr. Nancy Sullivan thought she was close to an Ebola vaccine, only to see the next experiment fail. "A case of resuscitation more than once," is how the National Institutes of Health researcher describes the journey. Read more...

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Nanopatch Vaccine Technology Company Attracts $25M

February 10, 2015 9:34 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Vaccine technology company Vaxxas has moved a step closer to achieving its goal of improving world health, thanks to a capital raising of $25 million. Read more...                           

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Reducing Animal Testing One Chip at a Time

February 10, 2015 9:19 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Lab Equipment | Articles | Comments

Speaking to a room of pharmaceutical scientists, Donald Ingber started off his Keynote presentation at SLAS 2015 in Washington D.C. by saying that “the current drug development model is broken.” He pointed to Eroom’s Law (Moore’s law backward) as proof. Read more...

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CDK4/6 Inhibitor: Promising Results for Treating Breast Cancer

February 9, 2015 1:06 pm | by Drug Discovery & Development staff | Articles | Comments

The words “exciting,” “breakthrough,” and “standard-of-care-changing” are being used with regard to cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4 and 6 inhibitors and metastatic breast cancer. Read more...                                       

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Achillion Shares Soar Following Hepatitis C Drug Update

February 9, 2015 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. jumped Monday morning after the drug developer said a small group of patients who took its experimental hepatitis C treatment combination remained free of the liver-destroying virus three months after they stopped taking doses. Read more...

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Measles Cases Turn Attention to Bounty of Childhood Vacccines

February 9, 2015 11:46 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Measles is in the news, but it's just one of more than a dozen preventable - and sometimes forgotten - diseases targeted by vaccines for children. Read more...                                  

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Supplements Industry Derides NY Attorney General's DNA Tests

February 9, 2015 11:32 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

DNA barcoding has exposed some infamous cases of food fraud, like cheap catfish sold as pricey grouper and expensive "sheep's milk" cheese that was really made from cow's milk. But can it tell if a pill touted as an energy-booster contains ginseng or is just a mix of rice powder and pine? Read more...

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Meet the New ACS CEO: Tom Connelly

February 6, 2015 4:33 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Laboratory Equipment | Articles | Comments

Come February 17, Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. will be the new CEO of the American Chemical Society (ACS), taking over for Madeleine Jacobs, who is retiring after 11 years as CEO and a total of 24 years with ACS. Connelly talks about the challenges the chemistry industry faces today. Read more... 

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Sick With Measles, Again

February 6, 2015 4:23 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

Last year was the worst for measles in the United States since the country was declared free of the disease in 2000. This year is not off to a promising start. The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland in December has continued to spread, infecting 102 people in 14 states during January, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more...

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Hackers See Rewarding Targets in Health Care Companies

February 6, 2015 4:17 pm | by Tom Murphy and Brandon Bailey, AP Business Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves. Read more...                                      

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