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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...

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...

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...

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...                

Researchers Begin Study of Ebola Vaccine in Africa

October 10, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

The first study of a possible Ebola vaccine is underway in Africa: University of Maryland researchers say three health care workers in Mali received the experimental shots. Read more...

Giant Step Toward New Diabetes Treatment

October 10, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Harvard stem cell researchers announced that they have made a giant leap forward in the quest to find a truly effective treatment for type 1 diabetes, a condition that affects an estimated 3 million Americans at a cost of about $15 billion annually Read more...

Canadian Ebola Vaccine to Be Shipped to Geneva Next Week, WHO Said

October 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Experimental Ebola vaccine that Canada has donated to the World Health Organization will be shipped to Geneva next week, the global health agency said. Read more...                                   

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New Technique Yields Fast Results in Drug, Biomedical Testing

October 9, 2014 2:50 pm | News | Comments

A new technique makes it possible to quickly detect the presence of drugs or to monitor certain medical conditions using only a single drop of blood or urine, representing a potential tool for clinicians and law enforcement. Read more...       

DelMar Pharmaceuticals' Cancer Drug Shows Promise

October 9, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

DelMar Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage oncology company, announced the presentation of promising new data supporting the activity of its lead drug compound, VAL-083, in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Read more...

Fixing Faulty Molecular ‘Transport Hub’ Could Slow Brain Degeneration

October 9, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

University of Queensland researchers have gained new insights into how the body sorts and transports protein ‘cargo’ within our cells, in a finding that could eventually lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Read more...

Researchers Find that Drug Used for Another Disease Slows Parkinson’s Progression

October 9, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

A new study from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that a drug being evaluated to treat an entirely different disorder helped slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease in mice. Read more...

AstraZeneca Gets Positive Results for Asthma Drug

October 9, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca announced that The Lancet Respiratory Medicine has published positive safety and efficacy data from a Phase 2b study evaluating benralizumab, a novel investigational monoclonal antibody, in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma and elevated levels of eosinophils, a type of inflammatory white blood cell. Read more...

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Genentech’s Diabetic Retinopathy Drug Gets FDA Priority Review

October 8, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced that the FDA has accepted to file the company's supplemental sBLA and granted Priority Review of Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that impacts nearly 7.7 million Americans. Read more...

NIH to Study More Than 200 Rare Diseases

October 8, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Physician scientists at 22 consortia will collaborate with representatives of 98 patient advocacy groups to advance clinical research and investigate new treatments for patients with rare diseases. Read more...                          

Drug Cured 16 of 16 Monkeys with Viral Ebola Relative

October 8, 2014 11:31 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

An experimental drug saved the lives of 16 of 16 monkeys with the Marburg virus, a killer near-indistinguishable from Ebola, just as symptoms broke out, said a new study. Read more...                   

'Unsung' Cells Double the Benefits of a New Osteoporosis Drug

October 8, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

Experiments in mice with a bone disorder similar to that in women after menopause show that a scientifically overlooked group of cells are likely crucial to the process of bone loss caused by the disorder, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Read more...

3 Win Nobel for Super-Zoom Microscopes

October 8, 2014 10:16 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising | News | Comments

Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells. Read more...

A Universal Ebola Drug Target

October 8, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

University of Utah biochemists have reported a new drug discovery tool against the Ebola virus. According to a study published in the online edition of Protein Science, they have produced a molecule, known as a peptide mimic, that displays a functionally critical region of the virus that is universally conserved in all known species of Ebola. Read more...

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to NurOwn for the Treatment of ALS

October 7, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated NurOwn as a Fast Track product for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease). Read more...

A New Pathway Discovered Regulating Autoimmune Diseases

October 7, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

The main function of the immune system is to protect against diseases and infections. For unknown reasons our immune system attacks healthy cells, tissues and organs in a process called autoimmunity, which can result in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. There are currently no existing cures for these diseases. Read more...

Vivolux Cancer Drug Receives FDA Clearance for Clinical Study

October 7, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Vivolux, a pharmaceutical company specialized in cancer treatment, announced that the FDA has granted clearance to proceed with VLX1570 to clinical phase 1/2 for treatment against relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma. Read more...        

Experimental Drug Provided to Dallas Ebola Patient

October 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A North Carolina drugmaker is providing its experimental antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being treated for Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more...                                    

Acacia Pharma Gets Positive Results for PONV Treatment

October 7, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

 Acacia Pharma announces positive Phase 3 results with APD421 for the management of post-operative nausea & vomiting (PONV). Read more...                                   

Researchers Develop Personalized Ovarian Cancer Vaccines

October 7, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The novel method is being used to develop personalized vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer. Read more...         

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