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Amgen Announces Results of Phase 3 Head-to-Head Study of Drugs for Multiple Myeloma

March 2, 2015 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Patients receiving one of the medications that was tested lived twice as long without disease progression. Read more...                       

J&J Announces Binding Offer from Cardinal Health to Acquire Cordis

March 2, 2015 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The deal breaks down to an aggregate value of $1.99 billion. Read more...

New Target Identified in Fight Against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis

March 2, 2015 10:15 am | News | Comments

Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and Alzheimer's...

How An FDA-Approved Drug Boosts Myelin Synthesis

March 2, 2015 10:11 am | News | Comments

Damage to myelin, the fatty insulator that enables communication between nerve cells,...

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Sierra Leone's Vice President In Quarantine for Ebola

March 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Read more...                                   

TSRI Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola, Marburg Viruses

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Marburg virus is Ebola’s deadly cousin. The virus is up to 90 percent lethal—and doctors are desperate for tools to fight it. Read more...

Panel: Use New Meningitis Vaccines Only For Outbreaks

February 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. Read more...


Pancreatic Cancer Subtypes Could Guide Future Treatments

February 27, 2015 8:42 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Scientists have completed the most comprehensive analysis yet of pancreatic cancer, in a study that could improve future treatments. Read more...                   

Synthetic Biology Breakthrough Leads to Cheaper Statin Production

February 27, 2015 8:33 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a single-step fermentative method for the industrial production of the active drug pravastatin. Read more...                     

Ebola Doctor: Media, Politicians Fueled the Public's Fear

February 27, 2015 8:29 am | by Tom Mcelroy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and rode the subway system and dined out before he developed symptoms said the media and politicians could have done a better job by educating people on the science of it. Read more...     

New Understanding of Alzheimer’s

February 26, 2015 11:25 am | by Peter Reuell, Harvard | News | Comments

Although natural selection is often thought of as a force that determines the adaptation of replicating organisms to their environment, Harvard researchers have found that selection also occurs at the level of neurons, which are post-mitotic cells, and plays a critical role in the emergence of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...

Quick Antibiotics Reduce PICU Needs, Mortality of Pediatric Cancer Patients

February 26, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer shows that pediatric cancer patients who receive antibiotics within 60 minutes of reporting fever and showing neutropenia (low neutrophil count), go on to have decreased intensive care consultation rate and lower mortality compared with patients who receive antibiotics outside the 60-minute window. Read more...


First Independent U.S. Psoriasis Registry Will Track Drug Safety

February 26, 2015 11:09 am | News | Comments

People with psoriasis and their health care providers will have the opportunity to participate in research that aims to improve treatments and disease outcomes when the first independent U.S. psoriasis registry begins recruiting patients in 2015. Read more...

Scientists Develop Method to Suppress Malaria Parasite's Virulence Genes

February 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Hebrew University | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed the genetic trickery this deadly parasite deploys to escape attack by the human immune system. Read more...                     

Graphene Shows Potential as Novel Anti-Cancer Therapeutic Strategy

February 26, 2015 8:35 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have used graphene to target and neutralize cancer stem cells while not harming other cells. Read more...                         

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...                            

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.


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..

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...

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...

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...                               

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...                      

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...                        

Ebola Drugs Shows Some Promise in First Test in West Africa

February 24, 2015 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa. Read more...                  

Cryoport, Sanaria Expand Logistics Partnership Supporting Malaria Vaccines

February 24, 2015 8:55 am | News | Comments

This collaboration includes continued support of Sanaria’s production of malaria vaccine as well as its research and development efforts. Read more...                 

Shire Acquires Meritage Pharma

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | News | Comments

Shire paid an upfront fee of $70 million and additional contingent payments based on the achievement of development and regulatory milestones. Read more...                 

Researchers Discover Possible Drug Target to Combat Sleeping Sickness

February 24, 2015 8:42 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Biochemists are trying to deliver a stern wake-up call to the parasite that causes sleeping sickness. Read more...                        

Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes Molecular Link Reveals Potential Therapy

February 23, 2015 4:49 pm | News | Comments

Obesity causes inflammation, which can in turn lead to type 2 diabetes. What isn’t well established is how inflammation causes diabetes — or what we can do to stop it. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that the inflammatory molecule LTB4 promotes insulin resistance, a first step in developing type 2 diabetes. Read more..

Ancestry Helps Doctors Prescribe Hypertension Treatments

February 23, 2015 4:46 pm | News | Comments

Scientists are investigating whether treatment for high blood pressure can be improved by taking a person’s ethnic heritage into account. Read more...                                  

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