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Research Team Takes Step Forward in Understanding Cancer-Fighting Compounds

August 13, 2015 8:15 am | by University of Aberdeen | News | Comments

Researchers have identified for the first time the compound legonmycins, which they named after the region in Ghana in which it was found. Read more...

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Roche Announces Positive Phase 2 Results for CLL Drug

August 13, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

People with this type of CLL typically have a median life expectancy of less than three years. Read more...

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Vaccine for Common Childhood Infection May Finally be Possible

August 13, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

RSV kills around 200,000 people worldwide each year. Read more...

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Global Blood Therapeutics Surges after $120M IPO

August 13, 2015 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's offering of 6 million shares priced at $20 each. In midday trading, the stock rose 95 percent to $39 while the broader markets were down. Read more...

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Receptors in Brain Linked to Schizophrenia, Autism

August 12, 2015 12:26 pm | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Mice lacking a set of receptors in one type of neuron in the brain developed compulsive, anti-social behaviors, Salk scientists found. Read more...

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Scientists Determine How Antibiotic Gains Cancer-Killing Sulfur Atoms

August 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

In a discovery with implications for future drug design, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown an unprecedented mechanism for how a natural antibiotic with antitumor properties incorporates sulfur into its molecular structure, an essential ingredient of its antitumor activity. Read more..

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Hepatitis C Infection May Fuel Heart Risk

August 12, 2015 12:15 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Results suggest need for vigilant monitoring in those infected with the liver-damaging virus. Read more...

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FDA Issues Warning Over Kim Kardashian's Drug Promotions

August 12, 2015 12:11 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is no stranger to criticism, having spent the better part of the last decade in the public eye. But she's probably never faced negative publicity like this before: The Food and Drug Administration says Kardashian's social media posts violate federal drug-promotion rules. Read more...

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Brain Scans Can Target Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder

August 12, 2015 11:40 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Finding a treatment that works for a psychiatric disorder, like social anxiety disorder (SAD), is a game of chance. Often, patients with SAD will try several treatments before landing on a match, in a “trial-and-error process” that can be time-consuming, expensive, and not least of all frustrating. MIT researchers analyzed brain regions to predict clinical responses to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in people with SAD. Read more...

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Molecular Discovery Paves Way for New Diabetic Heart Disease Treatments

August 12, 2015 8:36 am | by University of Otago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered why heart disease is the number-one killer of people with diabetes. Read more...

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Drugmaker Glaxo Shuts Down Plant over Legionnaires' Bacteria

August 12, 2015 8:22 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration was checking into reports of the bacteria's discovery and a spokesman said questions should be directed to GlaxoSmithKline. Read more...

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Biomarker Discovery Makes Urine Test for Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer Possible

August 12, 2015 8:15 am | by Queen Mary University of London | News | Comments

A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer. Read more...

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Familiar Drugs May Block Ebola Virus Infection

August 12, 2015 8:00 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

A well-known class of molecules may be able to block the Ebola virus’s entry into cells and halt the disease in its tracks. Read more...

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Fresh Hope for Leukemia Cure

August 12, 2015 7:45 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered the mechanism used by a common type of blood cancer to hide itself from the immune system. Read more...

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Long-Acting GH Deficiency Treatments to Boost Market Growth from 2017

August 12, 2015 7:30 am | by Lakshmi Dharmarajan, Ph.D, Senior Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders Analyst, GlobalData | News | Comments

The less frequent dosing schedules of these drugs will be attractive to patients, offering improved compliance and adherence outcomes. Read more...

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