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Amgen, Kite Pharma to Collaborate on T Cell Therapy Application

January 5, 2015 9:49 am | News | Comments

Amgen and Kite Pharma announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic research collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize the next generation of novel T Cell immunotherapy. Read more...       

FDA Approves sBLA for CLL Treatment

December 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for Gazyva in combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy in people with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). read more...

Kinex Pharmaceuticals Announces First Dosage Given for Brain Tumor Inhibitor

December 26, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Kinex Pharmaceuticals announced that the first patient has been dosed with KX2-361 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Read more...                      

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Researchers Find Alternate Drug Therapy Lowers Antibodies

December 24, 2014 8:56 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Researchers suggest that a novel pre-operative drug therapy reduces antibodies in kidney patients with greater success than with traditional methods. Read more...                 

Top 100 Talked-About Papers of 2014

December 19, 2014 5:06 pm | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | News | Comments

The academic papers of 2014 most cited by news and social media covered an astonishing range of topics, from science fraud, to black holes, to time travelers, according to Altmetric.com. But at 45%, the most popular papers by far were in health and medicine. Read more...

After Lung Transplant, Antiviral Drug Resistance More Likely in Cystic Fibrosis

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | News | Comments

A drug called ganciclovir is given to lung transplant patients to protect against a life-threatening virus that is common after transplantation. Read more...                                                     

Combo Drug Therapy Doubles Positive Effect for Women with Breast Cancer

December 19, 2014 1:20 pm | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking study that offers new hope for women with advanced breast cancer, UCLA researchers published final clinical trial results that showed the amount of time women with advanced breast cancer were on treatment without their cancer worsening was effectively doubled when they took the experimental drug palbociclib. Read more...

10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Medical Innovations

December 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor, Bioscience Technology | Articles | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic recently unveiled their annual Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015– a list that casts an optimistic light on up-and-coming healthcare advances that may reach consumers next year. Their number one? Read more...                         

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Hypertension Medication that Targets Stress May Help Smokers Quit

December 18, 2014 11:23 am | by Daniel Jones, Yale University | News | Comments

Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now an interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid. Read more...

GSK Shingles Vaccine Hits Goal in Major Study

December 18, 2014 9:02 am | News | Comments

GSK announced that a pivotal phase 3 study to assess the efficacy of HZ/su, an investigational vaccine for the prevention of shingles, has met its primary endpoint. Read more...                                 

Despite Risks, Benzodiazepine Use Highest in Older People

December 17, 2014 4:50 pm | by NIH | News | Comments

Prescription use of benzodiazepines — a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications — increases steadily with age, despite the known risks for older people, according to a comprehensive analysis of benzodiazepine prescribing in the United States. Read more...

Study Shows Potential for Faster Drug Development

December 15, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

A new study demonstrates the ability to conduct robust cardiac safety characterizations several years earlier than current practice. Read more...                    

Medication Being Studied Could Help Afib Patients After Stroke

December 15, 2014 1:03 pm | by University of South Florida | News | Comments

Researchers are studying the effectiveness of a new rapid-onset anticoagulant medication with the standard anticoagulant drug in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm. Read more...     

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Cancer Patients Testing Drugs on Mouse Avatars

December 15, 2014 12:56 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's specific cancer. Read more...                           

Tackling One of The Biggest Questions in Dementia Research

December 15, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Researchers in Southampton are tackling one of the biggest questions in dementia research; why might current approaches in Alzheimer's trials be failing? The new study is published in the Journal of Pathology and funded by Alzheimer's Research UK and the Medical Research Council. Read more...

Potential Hepatitis B Cure Enters Clinical Trial

December 15, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

A new treatment promoting the cure of chronic hepatitis B is now recruiting patients for clinical trials. Read more....                        

Understanding Intestinal Microbiota to Regain Balance in the Gut

December 12, 2014 10:42 am | by Natalie Duggan, Emory | News | Comments

When you take antibiotics, some of the beneficial germs can be wiped out, leaving you more vulnerable to diarrheal infections—infections, in some cases, that are antibiotic resistant and life-threatening. Read more...                                    

TWi Biotechnology Receives FDA Protocols for Gout Drug

December 12, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

TWi Biotechnology Inc. has received US FDA and Taiwan FDA approval of a protocol for a Phase 2 clinical trial of gout drug. Read more...                     

Merck Advancing Breast Cancer Drug to Mid-Stage

December 11, 2014 11:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Merck said it will start mid-stage patient tests of Keytruda in the first half of 2015. Read more...                           

‘Placebo Therapy’ Ineffective For Long-Term Chronic Pain Relief

December 11, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that ‘placebo therapy’ could be effective for short-term pain relief in patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), but does not have a lasting impact. Read more...                              

Prescribed Painkiller Not Effective in Controlling Back Pain

December 10, 2014 4:35 pm | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

A new study out in the journal Neurology shows that pregabalin is not effective in controlling the pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis, the most common type of chronic lower back pain in older adults. Read more...

Generic Antiepilepsy Drugs Have Minimal Differences: Study

December 10, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A comparison of two of the most disparate approved generic antiepileptic drugs found minimal differences when compared under rigorous testing procedures in people with epilepsy, according to research presented by a University of Cincinnati (UC) clinician-researcher. Read more...

Combo Treatment Benefits Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

December 10, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Results of a Phase 2, open-label, dose-confirmation study of eribulin in combination with capecitabine, suggests that this therapy is efficacious in women with metastatic breast cancer (overall response rate 42.9% and clinical benefit rate 57.1%), with a safety and tolerability profile consistent with previous data. Read more...

Simeprevir-Based Therapy: Cost-Effective HCV Treatment

December 10, 2014 9:44 am | by UPenn | News | Comments

Researchers at Penn Medicine have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic HCV as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries. Read more...

Parkinson's Vaccine Being Tested on Patients in Europe

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

This vaccine is one out of a designated pool of promising vaccine candidates. Read more...                             

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