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Cane Toads Potentially Lucrative Export in Cancer Fight

March 26, 2015 4:12 pm | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Scientists are exploring how cane toad venom can be used to fight cancer. Read more...

GSK Gains Japanese Approval for COPD Therapy

March 26, 2015 8:25 am | News | Comments

Following this approval, it is expected that launch will take place in Japan in 2015. Read more...

Study Announces Durable Ebola Vaccine

March 25, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andrew Gould, University of Plymouth | News | Comments

A new study shows the durability of a novel CMV-based Ebola virus vaccine strategy that may...

Takeda Licenses Rights to Use Immunogen's Technology to Develop Anticancer Therapies

March 25, 2015 8:44 am | News | Comments

Takeda will use the technology to develop and commercialize targeted anticancer therapeutics to...

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Blood Test Could Help Bowel Cancer Patients Avoid Drug Side-Effects

March 25, 2015 8:33 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have provided early evidence to suggest that a blood test could be used to identify bowel cancer patients that may benefit from more intensive chemotherapy. Read more...

New Hopes for Rheumatic Fever Vaccine

March 23, 2015 8:26 am | by University of Auckland | News | Comments

A new vaccine to combat the debilitating disease caused by rheumatic fever may soon become a reality, saving hundreds of thousands of deaths from preventable heart disease around the world each year. Read more...

Liberians Overcome Fear to Volunteer for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 8:24 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberians are overcoming their fears of Ebola to volunteer for a vaccine trial. Read more...

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Hypertension Drugs Improve Corticosteroid-based Skin Treatments

March 19, 2015 9:24 am | by Inserm | News | Comments

Corticosteroid-based dermatological creams are indicated for the symptomatic treatment of inflammatory skin conditions. Read more...

GSK Announces Start of Phase 3 Program for Retosiban Evaluation

March 17, 2015 8:46 am | News | Comments

Retosiban is an investigational oxytocin antagonist. Read more...

Immunotherapy: New Hope for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer

March 13, 2015 11:52 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

In the late 1800s, a New York surgeon named William Coley noticed that some patients with cancer seemed to fare better if they developed an infection after undergoing surgery. Suspecting that the immune system played a role in this mysterious response, he tried treating cancer patients with bacteria in an effort to turn on the immune system. Read more...

Cholera Vaccine Succeeds in Rural Haiti

March 13, 2015 9:14 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A vaccination campaign that almost didn’t happen was widely effective in reducing transmission of cholera in the midst of an ongoing outbreak of the disease in rural Haiti. Read more...

Alzheimer's Breakthrough Uses Ultrasound Technology

March 12, 2015 9:28 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Scientists have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. Read more...                                                                                                                     

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New Approach to HIV Management in Africa Reduces Deaths by a Third

March 11, 2015 9:08 am | by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | News | Comments

The research suggests that a simple low-cost intervention could be an effective approach to reducing HIV-related deaths in Africa. Read more...                   

Innovative Light Therapy Reaches Tumors

March 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Light long has been used to treat cancer. Read more...                                  

Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral Load Assay in Select Markets

March 3, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The new assay offers broad coverage of all known Hepatitis B (HBV) genotypes (A-H) with high sensitivity, across all critical medical decision points. Read more...                

New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

March 3, 2015 8:46 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. Read more...                     

Takeda's Treatment for Acid-Related Diseases is Now Available in Japan

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | News | Comments

This medicine treats acid-related diseases with a novel mechanism of action called potassium-competitive acid blockers. Read more...                    

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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...                     

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...                     

Warning on Use of Drug for Children's Sleep

February 25, 2015 4:39 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers are warning doctors and parents not to provide the drug melatonin to children to help control their sleep problems. 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...                            

New Polio Vaccine Gets Funding for Development, Trail

February 25, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Micron Biomedical have been awarded $2.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the development of dissolvable microneedle patches for polio immunization. Read more...

Mylan Signs Exclusive Agreement with Gilead Sciences to Distribute Hepatitis C Medication in India

February 23, 2015 9:24 am | News | Comments

The drugs, Harvoni and Solvadi, are expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2015. Read more...                           

Large Amounts of Mitochondrial Toxic Agents Cross the Placenta Barrier

February 20, 2015 9:07 am | by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona | News | Comments

Mitochondria can suffer from two types of disease: genetic or acquired. Read more...                             

The Journey to an HIV Vaccine Endures

February 19, 2015 12:46 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

Despite more than 30 years of efforts, scientists have not yet come up with a reliably effective HIV vaccine — in part, because of the inherently complicated nature of the virus. Here are where their research efforts stand today.

New Nanogel for Drug Delivery

February 19, 2015 9:39 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to release their payload over a specified time period. However, current versions aren’t always practical because must be implanted surgically. Read more...

In Pakistan, Vaccinating Children Has Become a Deadly Battle

February 18, 2015 8:38 am | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | News | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio. Read more...                  

Engineered Insulin Could Offer Better Diabetes Control

February 10, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineers hope to improve treatment for diabetes patients with a new type of engineered insulin. Read more...                         

Engineered Insulin Could Offer Better Diabetes Control

February 10, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineers hope to improve treatment for diabetes patients with a new type of engineered insulin. Read more...                         

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