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Science Funding Bill Passes a Split House, Despite Scientist Opposition

May 22, 2015 9:46 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The American Competes Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed by a split House of Representatives Wednesday, amid opposition from a wide swath of the scientific community. The passage also came after hours of negotiations over the bill, which Republicans have said would keep overall federal spending flat. Read more..

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...

83% of Parents Want Teens Vaccinated against Meningococcal Disease: U.S. Poll

May 19, 2015 12:21 pm | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline today announced the results of an online consumer poll, conducted by Harris Poll...

Curing Hepatitis C Could Yield Huge Economic Benefit

May 18, 2015 11:07 am | News | Comments

While a new generation of safer, more effective oral medications to treat hepatitis C patients...

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U.S. Court Halts Contentious Law on Contact Lens Price-Fixing

May 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has halted a new Utah law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that could have wide-ranging implications for the industry amid a fight between manufacturers and discount retailers. Read more...

AcelRx Awarded Contract to Advance ARX-04

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

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for the treatment of acute pain, today announced it has entered into Contract No. W81XWH-15-C-0046 worth up to $17.0 million, supported by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Read more...

Out of Breath and Out of Pocket

May 13, 2015 10:06 am | by Jake Miller, Harvard University | News | Comments

After ozone-protecting inhaler ban, asthma patients pay nearly twice as much more per year for inhalers. Read more...

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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...

WHO Adds Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs to List of Essential Medicines

May 8, 2015 1:40 pm | News | Comments

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. Read more...

Large Numbers of Trial Results Go Unreported; WHO Says “Report Them”

May 8, 2015 8:39 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced what many feel is a strong, long-overdue statement condemning parties who do not report results of clinical trials in a timely way. By one account, more than 30 percent of industry and academic groups in the U.S. have not reported results of their clinical trials for 60 months, plus. The WHO outlined specific, and strict, solutions. 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...

Is the World Failing in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance?

May 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing global concern, one that the World Health Organization (WHO) is asking countries to ramp up efforts to prepare for. While many countries have strategies to address the issue, there are still a large number that do not have clear plans to curb misuse and reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, according to a new WHO report. Read more...

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Pressure Grows to End Blanket Bans on Gay Men Blood Donors

April 30, 2015 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices questioning whether it still makes sense to forever bar all gay men from donating blood. Read more...

Bristol-Myers Gets Positive EMA Opinion for Immunotherapy Drug, Opdivo

April 24, 2015 12:36 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo today for the treatment of melanoma. 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...

Dr. Oz Defends Himself Against Critical Letter Written to Columbia

April 20, 2015 8:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The TV personality responded to the letter Friday evening. Read more...

Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone From Columbia Medical Faculty

April 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments." Read more..

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Ending Religious Waivers for Vaccines Back for Heated Debate

April 15, 2015 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers are preparing for another round of heated talks Wednesday on whether the state should prevent parents from seeking vaccination exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs. Read more...

California Vaccine Bill Sparks Acidic Debate

April 13, 2015 11:49 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at Disneyland has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal's author was under added security this week. Read more...

Investigating Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia Patients

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers will take the lead in a three-year study that will investigate the effectiveness of federal and state initiatives to address overprescribing of antipsychotic medications for dementia patients in nursing homes. Read more...

Prosecutors Seek Congressional Probe of Supplement Industry

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Mary Esch - Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen attorneys general asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Read more...

Making Adjustments After a Packaging Test Failure

April 2, 2015 9:01 am | by Ralph Nigro, Packaging Development Project Specialist, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Every day packages pour into offices and homes. Yet, thoughts about the integrity of that package are rare, unless there is a glaring hole or tear in the primary packaging. When dealing with medical packaging, however, failures are serious business and may compromise patient safety. Read more...

Pill Manufacturing – A Second Revolution?

April 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Paul Roossin, Science Director Nanotronics Imaging | Articles | Comments

Pills have been used to deliver a measured medicinal dose for over three millennia. When the British artist, inventor, and watchmaker William Brockedon produced a compression machine for graphite to produce a better pencil lead, his invention was noticed by a savvy pharmaceutical company who hired him to retool the instrument to produce tablets. Read more...

White House Releases Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

March 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The White House has revealed today its comprehensive plan to tackle antibiotic resistance within the next five years, according to a copy of the 60-page report, which was reviewed by Reuters. Read more...

Indiana Governor Overrides Law to Authorize Needle Exchange

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Rick Callahan, AP | News | Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Read more...

Non-FDA Approved Hormone Therapies on the Rise

March 25, 2015 9:36 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of potentially risky, non-FDA approved hormone therapies may soon be as common as use of FDA-approved hormone therapies, according to a study by University of Virginia gynecology researcher JoAnn Pinkerton. Read more..

Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 10:58 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense. Read more...

Behind the Measles Outbreak

March 19, 2015 1:12 pm | by Tom Ulrich, Harvard University | News | Comments

Inadequate vaccine coverage is likely a driving force behind the ongoing Disneyland measles outbreak, according to calculations by a research team at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

23andMe FDA Approval Clears Way for More Sequencing-Based Tests

March 17, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

​Kalorama information suggests that the FDA approval of a rare gene test from Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genetics company 23andMe will open the way for more genetic tests sold to consumers or prescribed by doctors that use next-generation sequencing technology. Read more...

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