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Malaria: Down But Not Out

February 25, 2015 3:22 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

Disease has been resilient and efforts to eradicate it require a local focus. Read more...                            

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Traditional Healer Returns to First Ebola-Affected Village

February 25, 2015 3:14 pm | by Youssouf Bah, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are still trying to find out how the outbreak started, including coming to Meliandou to test great apes and bats as possible sources. Read more...                 

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UN Health Agency Urges Europe to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 25, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease. Read more...                  

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Skin Test May Shed Light on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

February 25, 2015 10:53 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to a study released will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 25, 2015. The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in the two diseases.

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New Polio Vaccine Gets Funding for Development, Trail

February 25, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization. Read more...

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Hair Cells From Stem Cells

February 25, 2015 10:23 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Articles | Comments

In a research area that will generate blockbuster profits if/when it pans out, a science team reported creating new hair cells from pluripotent stem cells in a recent issue of PLOS (Proceedings of the Library of Science) One. Read more..

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Turing Pharmaceuticals Launches

February 25, 2015 10:15 am | News | Comments

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG announced its official launch, along with news of three acquisitions for its commercial operations and development pipeline. New York-based Turing will focus on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for serious diseases and conditions across a broad range of therapeutic areas, for which there are currently limited or no treatment options.

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Ampio: Results of Injections STRUT Study

February 25, 2015 10:11 am | by Ampio Pharmaceuticals | News | Comments

Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced results of the double-blind, multiple injection, vehicle controlled STRUT study (N=40) at 20 weeks. Read more..

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Technology Optimizes Cancer Therapy with Nanomedicine Drug Combinations

February 25, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a practice called combination therapy. Read more..

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Watchdog Group Seeks FDA Ban of Antifungal Tablets

February 25, 2015 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A consumer safety group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to pull certain antifungal tablets off the market, saying there are safer medicines that do not carry risks of liver damage. Read more.,.

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Small Molecule May Help Reduce Cancer in At-Risk Population

February 25, 2015 9:51 am | by Kimberless D'Ardenne, Stanford University | News | Comments

Scientists have shown that small molecules can “hijack” enzyme function in mice, suggesting a possible preventive mechanism for alcohol-related cancers in an at-risk population. Read more...

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Takeda Acquires Select Portfolio from Neutec to Boost Business in Turkey

February 24, 2015 3:33 pm | News | Comments

The portfolio composed of 13 products in the gastroenterology, respiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal therapeutic areas. Read more...

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FDA Approves Novartis' HDAC Inhibitor for Multiple Myeloma

February 24, 2015 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This inhibitor is the first of its kind for multiple myeloma. Read more...                               

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Scientists Find Cancer Weak Spots for New Targeted Drugs

February 24, 2015 3:15 pm | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Scientists have identified weak spots in cancer cells that could be targeted and attacked by new precision drugs. Read more...                      

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Previously Unknown Effect of Vitamin A Identified

February 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a previously unknown effect of vitamin A in human embryonic development. Read more...                        

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