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Study of Rare Syndrome Unlocks Secret of Human Aging

May 7, 2015 8:27 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A group of scientists from China and the U.S. investigating a rare premature aging disease have found what they believe to be one of the underlying causes of normal human aging. What’s more, the new breakthrough could point toward methods of preventing and treating age-related problems, according to the paper, first published in the journal Science. Read more...

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Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Market Value Will Exceed $13B

May 7, 2015 8:26 am | by Kyle S. Nicholson, PharmD, GlobalData Neurology Analyst | News | Comments

The global market for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) treatment will more than double in value from $4.9 billion in 2013 to reach an estimated $13.3 billion by 2023, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.50 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Read more...

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Kymab Raises $90M to Support Monoclonal Antibody Pipeline

May 7, 2015 8:26 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was one of the primary investors this round. Read more...

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Epilepsy Drug Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease

May 7, 2015 8:25 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

While the drug appears effective, the researchers are unclear how it works to reverse memory loss. Read more...

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AACR and Social Media Buzz

May 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

More and more, researchers are turning to social media to post news and scientific insights, and to discuss science among peers as well as share findings with the public. AACR reported on the annual meeting's overall social media highlights. Read more...

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Stem Cells Safe to Treat Post-Stroke Brains, Study Says

May 6, 2015 11:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

​Stem cells can be safely infused to the brain through the carotid artery after a stroke, according to new research presented by a group of doctors and researchers. Read more...

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Silver Creek Awarded NIH Grant for Smart Growth Factor Technology

May 6, 2015 9:46 am | News | Comments

Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today the award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Proceeds from the award will be used to advance novel "Smart Growth Factors" toward clinical development. Read more...

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Aetna Curtails Coverage of Surgical Tool Tied to Cancer Risk

May 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer. Read more..

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‘New Clarity’ Against Alzheimer’s

May 6, 2015 9:25 am | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

The past year has been a hopeful one in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. New findings have brought clarity to understanding the disease’s progress; new drugs to attack it are in trials. Read more...

Telomere Changes Predict Cancer

May 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A distinct pattern in the changing length of blood telomeres, the protective end caps on our DNA strands, can predict cancer many years before actual diagnosis, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine in collaboration with Harvard University. Read more...

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Sierra Leone's Ebola Outbreak May Have Begun Earlier than Believed

May 6, 2015 9:01 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The documentary tracks the history of the epidemic as it spread across West Africa. Read more...

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Codeine-Based Cough Suppressant Will be Another Choice for Next Cold-Flu Season

May 6, 2015 8:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new, codeine-based cough suppressant produced by a British pharmaceutical company was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more...

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Mylan Launches Sovaldi Tablets in India

May 6, 2015 8:21 am | News | Comments

Mylan has launched Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi tablets in India. Read more...

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One Step Closer to an Insulin Vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes

May 5, 2015 3:50 pm | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

An international team of researchers from Bristol, Dresden, Munich, Vienna and Denver have successfully completed the first step in the development of an insulin vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes. Read more...

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Trial of New Skin Cancer Drug Begins as First Patient Receives Treatment

May 5, 2015 3:43 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

A patient has become the first to receive a new resistance-busting experimental skin cancer drug with the launch of a phase 1 clinical trial. Read more...

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