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Confronting the Creep of Opioid Abuse

May 22, 2015 9:56 am | by Clea Simon, Harvard Correspondent | News | Comments

The good news: There is hope. The bad news: not enough people are aware of it. With opioid abuse on the rise, a panel of medical and policy officials convened on Monday at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to discuss the growing problem, specifically the results of a national poll by The Boston Globe and the Chan School. Read more...

Cancer Drugs Approved Quickly but Not to Patient's Benefit

May 20, 2015 8:46 am | by York University | News | Comments

High priced cancer drugs get rushed approvals despite poor trial methodology and little effect...

E-cigarettes Aren’t Benign, Suggest Recent Studies

May 19, 2015 4:43 pm | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | News | Comments

A slew of new studies detailed at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in...

Drug Oversight

May 19, 2015 8:28 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have announced a new method that could make it easier to produce drugs such as...

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GSK Study Shows Link Between Improving Health Status and Reduced Mortality in COPD Patients

May 18, 2015 9:13 am | News | Comments

The primary objectives of COPD treatment are to enable patients to effectively manage their disease, improve their health status and slow the rate of decline from this chronic and progressive disease. Read more...

Early Data Release Ends Obesity Drug Study

May 13, 2015 12:50 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

A safety study of obesity drug Contrave has been terminated after Orexigen Therapeutics released early, misleading trial data, say researchers. Takeda Pharmaceutical is seeking to end its collaboration with Orexigen. Read more...

Drugs Found in Fingerprints Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry

May 11, 2015 3:57 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tiny trace amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can be found on fingerprints using mass spectrometry, according to a new study. The advanced technique can find incredibly small amounts of the narcotics on a fingerprint, the National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers found. Read more...

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Researchers Discover How Cocaine, Amphetamines Disrupt the Brain's Normal Functioning

May 11, 2015 11:15 am | News | Comments

In a major advance in the field of neuropsychiatry, researchers in the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University have illuminated how cocaine and amphetamines disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain. Read more...

2 Babies Die, 29 Sickened from Bad Vaccines in South Mexico

May 11, 2015 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's public health system has suspended infant vaccines and mounted an investigation after two babies died and 29 were sickened in an impoverished community in southern Mexico. Read more...

Statin Drugs Can Delay Prostate Cancer Progression in Patients, Study Shows

May 7, 2015 11:25 am | by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

​Men who went on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs when they began androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer had a longer time in which their disease was under control than did men who didn't take statins, a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators shows. Read more...

Advantage for Picture-Based Cigarette Pack Warnings Over Text Warnings

May 7, 2015 10:10 am | by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | News | Comments

Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. Read more...

New Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Field Trial

May 7, 2015 8:38 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Following a trial in Kenya, the vaccine was found to be 67 percent effective against infection with Plasmodium falciparum, one of the parasites known to cause Malaria. Read more...

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Kowa Pharmaceuticals: Pitavastatin Safe Compared with Placebo, Other Statins

May 5, 2015 11:39 am | News | Comments

Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., announced that the results of a meta-analysis of 15 randomized, controlled clinical trials, to assess the effects of Livalo (pitavastatin) on glycemic parameters and new-onset diabetes (NOD) in non-diabetic individuals were presented as a late-breaking abstract at the 83rd European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Congress held in Glasgow, UK. Read more..

Hepatitis C Therapy Clears Virus in 93% of Patients in BMS-Funded Trial

May 5, 2015 11:11 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb is trying its hand at its own combination of drugs — daclatasvir, asunaprevir, and beclabuvir. A 12-week dose of the investigational three-drug hepatitis C combination cleared the virus in 93 percent with liver cirrhosis who hadn’t previously been treated, finds a study, published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more...

Pakistani National Sold Drugs for Incurable Conditions, FDA Charges

May 1, 2015 4:28 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Pakistani national has been indicted on fraud and other charges, according to federal authorities, after he allegedly sold bogus drugs to cure serious diseases — some of which are incurable. Read more...

Bayer's Contraception Safe, Effective: 5-Year Follow-Up Study

May 1, 2015 11:42 am | News | Comments

Bayer HealthCare announced today that a study published online this week in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology reinforces findings from previous clinical studies that support the effectiveness and safety of the Essure inserts and procedure for hysteroscopic sterilization, or permanent birth control. Read more...

Strong Link Found Between Dementia, Common Anticholinergic Drugs

April 30, 2015 9:41 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a strong and possibly irreversible link between Alzheimer’s disease and many commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression, according to a large recent JAMA Internal Medicine study. Read more...

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Novartis Announces Phase 3 Study of CLL Drug Met Primary Endpoint

April 28, 2015 4:34 pm | News | Comments

The safety profile observed in this trial is consistent with other trials of Arzerra and no new safety signals were observed. Read more....

Diabetes Drug Found in Freshwater is Potential Source of Intersex Fish

April 28, 2015 1:04 pm | by UWM | News | Comments

A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish –male fish that produce eggs. Read more...

GSK Shingles Vaccine Demonstrates 97.2% Efficacy in Phase 3 Study

April 28, 2015 8:37 am | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline presented detailed data from a randomized phase 3 study of its investigational vaccine candidate for the prevention of shingles. Read more...

An End to Cancer Pain?

April 28, 2015 8:25 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A new study has discovered the trigger behind the most severe forms of cancer pain. Read more...

Persistent Swollen Neck Glands Could Indicate Cancer

April 27, 2015 8:50 am | by University of Exeter | News | Comments

New research has concluded that persistent enlarged lymph glands, found in the neck, should be referred for further investigation when detected in clinic. Read more...

Divestment Gains Boost Net Earnings at Novartis

April 23, 2015 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis reported a large jump in first-quarter net profit Thursday as it recorded one-time gains from deals with other drug companies. Read more...

WHO: Global Vaccination Records 'Off-Track'

April 23, 2015 8:45 am | News | Comments

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. Read more...

Boosting the Malaria Battle-Line

April 23, 2015 8:39 am | by University of Melbourne | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how the malaria parasite protects itself by building resistance against the last-line in antimalarial medications. Read more...

Link Between Serotonin and Depression is a Myth, Says Psychiatrist

April 22, 2015 2:11 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The widely held belief that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin and that certain antidepressants raise the levels of this neurotransmitter, is a myth, according to a psychiatrist in an editorial article in The BMJ this week. Read more...

No Link Between Vaccine and Autism, Massive Study Says

April 21, 2015 11:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A massive new study has found no link between a common vaccine and autism, researchers announced today. The study is the latest among years of research projects which make no connection between inoculations and an increased risk for the autism spectrum, the researchers said. Read more...

Detecting Low-Quality Antimalarial Drugs With a Lab-On-Paper

April 21, 2015 8:40 am | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

The colors show whether a medicine contains the expected ingredients and whether fillers or substitute drugs have been added. Read more...

Global Pandemic of Fake Medicines Poses Urgent Risk

April 20, 2015 4:41 pm | by National Institute of Health | News | Comments

Poor quality medicines are a real and urgent threat that could undermine decades of successful efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Read more...

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