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Fasting Blood Biomarker a-HB Predicts Diabetes Risk

October 3, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

Could a single serum biomarker predict risk for diabetes as accurately as a more complex, hours-long diagnostic procedure? According to researchers at Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. and the University of Utah, the answer is "yes." Read more...

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Neurocrine Initiates Clinical Trial for Tourette Syndrome Therapy

October 3, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. announced that it has initiated a clinical trial of NBI-98854, a proprietary small molecule Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor, in both children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome. Read more...      

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Halozyme Gets Orphan Drug Designation for Pancreatic Cancer Drug

October 3, 2014 2:49 pm | News | Comments

Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. announced that the FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation for PEGylated recombinant human hyaluronidase (PEGPH20) for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Read more...                             

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Record Number of Clinical Trials for Multiple Myeloma this Year

October 3, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) announced that it has opened six new clinical trials in 2014, and is on track to open more multiple myeloma clinical trials during 2014 than any other year since the Consortium was founded in 2004. Read more...

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Potential Therapy Spotted for Sudan Strain of Ebola

October 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

As the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to grip headlines around the world, researchers move steadily forward with drug development. But as essential as it is to contain the current Ebola outbreak, researchers are looking at the bigger picture— and highlighting the need for therapy development to extend beyond the wake of the current epidemic. Read more...

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Ancient Protein-Making Enzyme Moonlights as DNA Protector

October 3, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Scientists at TSRI have found that an enzyme best known for its fundamental role in building proteins has a second major function: to protect DNA during times of cellular stress. Read more...

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Osteoporosis Treatment May also Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

October 3, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Treatment approaches to reduce the risk of metastasis associated with breast cancer may be one step closer to becoming a reality. According to a study led by a team at the Research Institute of the MUCH, findings show that medication used to treat bone deterioration in post-menopausal women may also slow skeletal metastasis caused from breast cancer. Read more...

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Liberia to Prosecute Man Who Brought Ebola to US

October 3, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Liberian man infected with Ebola who brought the disease to the United States will be prosecuted when he returns home for lying on his airport screening questionnaire, Liberian authorities said. Read more...

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Salix Pharma Scuttles Cosmo Technologies Merger

October 3, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Salix Pharmaceuticals is scrapping its merger with the subsidiary of an Italian drugmaker after the U.S. created new limitations on the tax benefits of incorporating overseas. Read more...

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EU OKs Eli Lilly's $5.4B Bid for Novartis Division

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority says it has approved the $5.4 billion sale of Novartis' animal health division to U.S. pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly. The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Friday the sale won't hinder competition because the merged firm will continue to face a number of strong competitors. Read more...

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Intarcia Announces Positive Results for Type 2 Diabetes Therapy

October 2, 2014 3:33 pm | News | Comments

Intarcia Therapeutics announced successful top-line results from two of its four phase 3 clinical trials for ITCA 650 . The first trial, FREEDOM-1, was a placebo-controlled, double-blind phase 3 clinical trial that tested the efficacy and safety of ITCA 650 in patients with type 2 diabetes against placebo. Read more...

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Ariad's Lung Cancer Drug Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation

October 2, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that its investigational cancer medicine, AP26113, has received Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA for the treatment of patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive (ALK+) metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are resistant to crizotinib. Read more...

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NKT Therapeutics’ Sickle Cell Disease Drug Receives FDA Fast Track

October 2, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

NKT Therapeutics announced that FDA has granted Fast Track designation to NKTT120, the company’s lead therapeutic being developed for the treatment of sickle cell disease. Read more...

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Lilly Discontinues Development of Lupus Drug

October 2, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

Eli Lilly and Company announced it will discontinue development of tabalumab­ -- being studied for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, commonly known as lupus) -- due to insufficient efficacy in two pivotal Phase 3 trials. Read more...

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Processed in Maryland

October 2, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said an experimental Ebola vaccine is being processed at a facility in Frederick. The Frederick News-Post reported that the vaccine is a joint project between the federal agency and GlaxoSmithKline. Read more...

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