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Scientists Link ALS Progression to Increased Protein Instability

October 14, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

A new study by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and other institutions suggests a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read more...

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Canadian Ebola Vaccine Begins Testing

October 14, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Human testing of an experimental Canadian-made Ebola vaccine began, with federal officials saying the drug could be shipped to West Africa within months if it proves successful. Read more...

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Targeted Payload Therapies Using RIT Hit the Right Marks

October 13, 2014 4:50 pm | by Dragan Cicic, M.D., MBA, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Actinium Pharmaceuticals | Articles | Comments

For patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), there is both good news and bad news – the good news is that standard induction therapy, using cytarabine and an anthracycline, produces complete responses in half to almost three-quarters of cases. The bad news? Read more...

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New Cancer Drug to Begin Trials in Multiple Myeloma Patients

October 13, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new cancer drug which they plan to trial in multiple myeloma patients by the end of next year. Read more...                            

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Greater Rates of Mitochondrial Mutations in Children Born to Older Mothers

October 13, 2014 2:54 pm | News | Comments

The discovery of a "maternal age effect" by a team of Penn State scientists that could be used to predict the accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in maternal egg cells -- and the transmission of these mutations to children -- could provide valuable insights for genetic counseling. Read more... 

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Nuvilex Applies for Orphan Drug Designation for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

October 13, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

Nuvilex Inc. (NVLX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cell therapy solutions for the treatment of diseases, announced that it has submitted an application to the FDA for Orphan Drug Designation for its Cell-in-a-Box(R) treatment for pancreatic cancer. Read more...

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Pfizer Gets FDA Acceptance of Palbociclib

October 13, 2014 2:35 pm | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc. announced the New Drug Application (NDA) for palbociclib has been accepted for filing and granted Priority Review by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more...                                

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BMS, Pharmacyclics and Janssen Collaborate on Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Drug

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Pharmacyclics Inc., and Janssen Research & Development LLC announced they have entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s investigational PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo (nivolumab) in combination with Imbruvica. Read more...

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CDC Urges All U.S. Hospitals to Think 'Ebola'

October 13, 2014 2:13 pm | by Connie Cass | News | Comments

The government is telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola." Every hospital must know how to diagnose Ebola in people who have been in West Africa and be ready to isolate a suspected case, Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. Read more...

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Scientists Characterize a New Tumor Syndrome

October 13, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have published their findings that mutations in a gene known as “ARMC5” promote the growth of benign tumors in the adrenal glands and on the meninges: ARMC5 appears to belong to the group of so-called tumour suppressor gene. Read more...

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Concert Pharmaceuticals' Spasticity Drug Gets Positive Reviews

October 13, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Phase 1 data of CTP-354, a novel, potentially first-in-class, non-sedating, once-daily oral treatment for spasticity. Read more...                        

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Phase 2 Study to Evaluate Hepatitis C Drug Combination

October 13, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

Medivir AB announced that its partner Janssen recently initiated patient enrolment in a phase 2 study called IMPACT. This study evaluates the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of the NS3/4A protease inhibitor simeprevir administered once daily in combination with Gilead’s nucleotide inhibitor sofosbuvir and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) NS5A replication complex inhibitor daclatasvir. Read more...

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Unexpected Genetic Link to Autoimmune Disease

October 13, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

The mutations were familiar, but the patients’ conditions seemed baffling at first. A team lead by Rockefeller University researchers had linked variations in an immune gene to rare bacterial infections. Read more...

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FDA Approves Drug for Chemo-Associated Nausea, Vomiting

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Helsinn Group and Eisai Inc. announced that the FDA approved Akynzeo for the prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of cancer chemotherapy Read more...                

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Can the U.S. Handle Ebola?

October 13, 2014 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A breach of infection control resulting in a Dallas health worker getting Ebola raises fresh questions about whether hospitals truly can safely take care of people with the deadly virus, as health officials insist is possible. Read more...

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