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Shire Says AbbVie Should Proceed with $55B Buyout

October 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Murphy | News | Comments

The drugmaker Shire wants AbbVie to stick with its roughly $55 billion acquisition bid, and it is reminding its U.S. counterpart of the hefty breakup fee it could receive if things don't work out. Read more...

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DNA-based ‘Nano-Cocoons’ Attack, Kill Cancer Cells

October 15, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a drug delivery system consisting of nanoscale “cocoons” made of DNA that target cancer cells and trick the cells into absorbing the cocoon before unleashing anticancer drugs. Read more...

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Ex-Financial Analyst at Merck Faces Insider Trading Charge

October 15, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

A former senior finance analyst at Merck & Co. is facing an insider trading charge after authorities said that he passed secrets to a friend he met at college that earned $722,000 in illegal profits. Read more...

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How Plasma Transfusions From Survivors Fight Ebola

October 15, 2014 10:55 am | by Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ. Read more...

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Eisai's Thyroid Cancer Drug Gets FDA Priority Review

October 15, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

Eisai Inc. announced that the FDA has accepted for review the NDA for its in-house developed agent lenvatinib mesylate as a treatment for progressive RAI-refractory DTC and granted the NDA Priority Review status. Read more...

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Clinical Conductor Takes Aim at Optimizing Oncology Clinical Trials

October 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

 The team behind Clinical Conductor is proud to announce brand new enhancements to the industry-leading CTMS. This first oncology focused release of several in the coming quarters adds a multitude of advanced features and functionalities designed to optimize the management and execution of oncology studies at organizations of all sizes and makeups.Read more...

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Selecta, JDRF, Sanofi Collaborate on SVP Immunotherapy for Type 1

October 15, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

Selecta Biosciences and JDRF, announced that they have extended their joint research collaboration and attracted Sanofi as a partner in support of their program to develop an SVP immunotherapy with the long-term goal to treat and potentially prevent the underlying cause of type 1 diabetes. Read more...

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2nd Person Tests Positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014 10:21 am | by Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant | News | Comments

 A second Dallas hospital worker who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, pointing to lapses beyond how one individual may have donned and removed personal protective garb. Read more...     

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Reversing Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

October 15, 2014 10:14 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | News | Comments

Lethal fibrosis in lungs of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) mouse models can be reversed, say Yale University researchers. Read more...                                      

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Combating Bladder Cancer With Approved Drug

October 14, 2014 1:53 pm | News | Comments

A drug that activates targets of the hedgehog signaling pathway, which is lost when bladder cancer invades, could prevent the progression of the disease in humans. Clinical trials are planned. Read more...                  

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Medtronic Begins Study of First Predictive Low Glucose Management Technology

October 14, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Medtronic Inc. announced that the first patients have been enrolled in an investigational device exemption (IDE) study of its breakthrough Predictive Low Glucose Management (PLGM) technology, marking a critical step toward development of an artificial pancreas in the U.S. market. Read more...

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Rats of New York and The Diseases They Carry

October 14, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

In the first study to look at would-be diseases carried by New York City rats, scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health identified bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Salmonella, and C. difficile, that cause mild to life-threatening gastroenteritis in people. Read more...

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Biologists Find Gene That Could Stop Tumors in Their Tracks

October 14, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

The dirt in your backyard may hold the key to isolating cancerous tumors and to potential new treatments for a host of cancers. Read more...                                         

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Astellas Collaborates with Harvard for Retinal Degeneration Treatment

October 14, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

Astellas Pharma Inc. announced a research collaboration with an investigator at Harvard focused on discovering the pathologic mechanism for retinitis pigmentosa and identification of new therapeutic targets. Read more...

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Rare Genetic Disease Protects Against Bipolar Disorder

October 14, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by researchers at the UMass Medical School and UMMSM have identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. Read more...

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