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Astellas, Immunomic Therapeutics Announce Licensing Agreement for Allergy Vaccine

January 30, 2015 9:32 am | News | Comments

The vaccine is designed to treat allergies induced by Japanese red cedar pollen. Read more...                            

Amgen Submits Application in U.S. and Europe for Multiple Myeloma Treatment

January 28, 2015 9:05 am | News | Comments

The drug is an injection that can treat patients with relapsed multiple myeloma who have...

Have Faith in the Flu Shot

January 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by Chris DeFrancesco, University of Connecticut | News | Comments

The rate of effectiveness for this year’s vaccine has been disappointing, with at least half the...

Progress in Diabetes Drug Delivery

January 23, 2015 9:23 am | by Rebecca Graham, Science Network WA | News | Comments

A DRUG therapy for diabetes treatment is being developed by an international research team led...

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Long-Awaited Ebola Vaccine Study Coming Soon in Liberia: U.S.

January 23, 2015 9:12 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-awaited studies of two possible Ebola vaccines are set to begin in West Africa in a couple of weeks, starting in Liberia, U.S. officials said. Read more...                                 

Sanofi, BI Enter Manufacturing Collaboration for Biologics

January 16, 2015 8:48 am | News | Comments

72 percent of Sanofi’s Research and Development projects are in biologics, nearly half of which are monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Read more...                    

CDC: Flu Vaccine Not Working Well

January 15, 2015 2:07 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC's report explains that this year's vaccine is only 23 percent effective. Read more...                            

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'Molecular Truck' Could Deliver New Treatment

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by Darci Slaten, University of Arizona | News | Comments

University of Arizona researchers have developed a novel drug and delivery system to treat inflammation and ulcerations in the colon. Read more...                                            

FDA Approves First of Kind Device for Obesity Treatment

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

This is the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness. Read more...              

Daiichi Sankyo's AFib Tablets Gain FDA Approval

January 9, 2015 9:36 am | News | Comments

The tablets reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism. Read more...                               

'Cellular Backpacks' Attach to White Blood Cells Targeting Inflammation

January 8, 2015 12:52 pm | by University of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Persistent inflammation is often indicative of more serious conditions and can lead to problems of its own, including impaired healing, loss of function or even tissue death. Read more...            

Major Breakthrough in Reducing Cost of Key AIDS Drug

January 8, 2015 12:20 pm | by VCU | News | Comments

A team of researchers has invented a far more cost-effective way to manufacture a widely used AIDS drug. Read more...                        

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Responsive Material Could be 'Golden Ticket' of Sensing

January 7, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The material could be used to underpin a new class of biosensors, or form the basis for new drug delivery systems. Read more...                      

New Diet Pill Tricks the Body into Losing Weight

January 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Salk Institute for Biological Studies | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an entirely new type of pill that tricks the body into thinking it has consumed calories, causing it to burn fat. Read more...                  

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Roche's Ebola Test

December 29, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

Roche announced that the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for the company's Ebola test. Read more...                          

Biomedical Team Creates 'Nerve On A Chip'

December 26, 2014 8:58 am | by Sarah Netter, Tulane University | News | Comments

This team wants to improve pharmaceutical drug development by providing a faster and more advanced alternative to animal testing. 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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High Vancomycin Doses Fuel Risk of Kidney Damage in Children

December 22, 2014 3:01 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

A new study shows that hospitalized children given high-dose IV infusions of the antibiotic vancomycin to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections face an increased risk for kidney damage. Read more...          

Laughing Gas Studied as Depression Treatment

December 9, 2014 3:22 pm | by Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Nitrous Oxide has shown early promise as a potential treatment for severe depression in patients whose symptoms don’t respond to standard therapies. Read more...                 

Vaccine May Prevent Antibiotic Resistant Skin Infections

December 9, 2014 1:15 pm | News | Comments

Treatment is difficult because MRSA is resistant to many antibiotics, and the infections can recur, placing family members and other close contacts at risk of infection. Read more....             

Startup Aims to Develop 100 Drugs in 10 Years

December 9, 2014 12:59 pm | by University of Utah | News | Comments

A start-up wants to quickly and affordably identify unexpected ways a drug could be used by testing it on diseased cells. Read more...                     

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective This Winter

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant strain seen most commonly so far this year. Read more...                       

A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA

November 26, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies. Read more...

Pre-Empting Flu Evolution May Make Better Vaccines

November 21, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has shown that it may be possible to improve the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine by ‘pre-empting’ the evolution of the influenza virus. Read more...           

New Approach for Treating ALS

November 20, 2014 1:45 pm | News | Comments

Researchers show that the brain’s machinery for pumping out toxins is ratcheted up in ALS patients. Read more...                         

Chemical Disguise Transforms RNAi Drug Delivery

November 19, 2014 1:04 pm | News | Comments

Small pieces of synthetic RNA trigger a RNA interference (RNAi) response that holds great therapeutic potential to treat a number of diseases, especially cancer and pandemic viruses. The problem is delivery — it is extremely difficult to get RNAi drugs inside the cells in which they are needed.  Read more...

Method Developed for Detecting Tumor-Causing Mutations in Saliva

November 17, 2014 1:18 pm | News | Comments

Current methods to screen for lung cancer mutations in plasma or blood are complicated, technique-dependent and not readily available. Read more...                   

Tiny Needles Could Treat Two Major Eye Diseases

November 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Needles almost too small to be seen with the unaided eye could be the basis for new treatment options for two of the world’s leading eye diseases: glaucoma and corneal neovascularization. Read more...

New Imaging Method Could Improve Asthma Treatment

November 14, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

A team of researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave. Read more...                       

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