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UN: Ebola Kills 8,153 People in West Africa, Infects 20,650

January 6, 2015 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says at least 8,153 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Geneva-based body said that the total number of confirmed, probable and suspected deaths from the disease comes from 20,656 cases in the three most affected countries - a mortality rate of 39 percent. 

Toxic Tau Could be Key to Alzheimer’s Treatment

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

For years, Alzheimer’s researchers have targeted amyloid beta in attempts to halt the progression of the disease, without success. Now, they have their sights set on a second brain protein: tau. And the findings are promising. Read more...

Researchers Study Potential Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

January 5, 2015 4:06 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting “cell-free” tumor DNA in the bloodstream. Read more...                                

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CDC: Flu Season Continues to Worsen, Could Peak This Month

January 5, 2015 2:43 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The flu is rampant in most of the country, and health officials say the season could peak soon. Read more...                          

New Technology Detects Lingering Cancer Cells During Breast Surgery

January 5, 2015 10:35 am | by NYU | News | Comments

New technology detects microscopic amounts of cancer cells on removed tumor tissue not visible during or following surgical intervention. Read more...                 

California Institute for Biomedical Research, BMS to Collaborate on Anti-Fibrotic Therapy

January 5, 2015 10:07 am | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb and the California Institute for Biomedical Research announced they have entered into a worldwide research collaboration to develop novel small molecule anti-fibrotic therapies. Read more...        

Amgen, Kite Pharma to Collaborate on T Cell Therapy Application

January 5, 2015 9:49 am | News | Comments

Amgen and Kite Pharma announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic research collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize the next generation of novel T Cell immunotherapy. Read more...       

Common Antibiotic Could Eliminate Risk of Hearing Loss

January 5, 2015 9:12 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

New study shows common antibiotic could reduce the risk of hearing loss. Read more...                             

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A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances

January 5, 2015 9:06 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

Some of the most important advances in breast cancer this year were related to all kinds of heterogeneity: within tumors, between tumors in a single patient, and between tumors in early and later stages, according to oncologists. Read more...               

New Study Pinpoints Possible Source of Ebola Outbreak

January 2, 2015 3:46 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The researchers are convinced this is the primary source of the epidemic. Read more...                             

FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18 Year High in 2014

January 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years. Read more...     

Personalizing Oncology with Genomics: Tools & Techniques

January 2, 2015 11:05 am | by Philip Breitfeld, MD, Vice President, Global Head, Therapeutic Centers of Excellence, Quintiles and Jeff Fitzgerald, Director of Personalized Medicine Integration, Quintiles | News | Comments

Sophisticated, genomics-based tools have potential to transform cancer care within the next decade. Among these will be biomarkers that can distinguish between tumors based on their molecular characteristics, enabling ever-greater personalization of cancer treatments.

Aethlon Medical Announces Approval of Ebola Treatment Protocol

January 2, 2015 10:16 am | News | Comments

Aethlon Medical, Inc. (AEMD), the pioneer in developing targeted therapeutic devices to address infectious diseases and cancer, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a clinical protocol to treat Ebola-infected individuals in the U.S. with the Aethlon Hemopurifier. 

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Possible Treatment Found for Infections Caused By Enterovirus

January 2, 2015 9:03 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

New research findings point toward a class of compounds that could be effective in combating infections caused by enterovirus. Read more...                    

Fake Bar Part of Research into Anti-Drinking Drug

January 2, 2015 8:26 am | by Lauran Neergard - AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

This project is designed to test the safety of a new drug designed to help heavy drinkers say "when" sooner than usual. Read more...                      

Treatment Strategy Allows Low Doses of Toxic TB Drug Without Compromising Potentcy

December 30, 2014 3:34 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

While an effective treatment is available for combating multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, it carries serious side effects for patients. Read more...                   

OncoGenex Regains Rights to Prostate and Lung Cancer Drug

December 30, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

OncoGenex announced that it has executed an initial agreement to regain rights to an experimental treatment for lung and prostate cancer. Read more...                   

Chicken Flu Evolution Yields Insight into Origins of Deadly Strain

December 30, 2014 11:40 am | by St. Judes Children's Hospital | News | Comments

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian influenza. Read more...               

New Protein Could Become Therapy Target for Multiple Viral and Bacterial Infections

December 30, 2014 10:29 am | by VCU | News | Comments

A protein could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria. Read more...                  

Gilead, J&J to Collaborate on Development of HIV Medication

December 30, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Gilead announced an expansion to its agreement with Janssen R&D Ireland for the development and commercialization of a new once-daily single tablet regimen. Read more...               

Ebola Patient in Britain Transferred to London

December 30, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A British health care worker who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa has been transferred from Scotland to an isolation unit in London for specialist treatment. Read more...              

Novartis' Psoriasis Drug Gains Japanese Approval

December 29, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Japan is the first country to approve the psoriasis drug made by Novartis. 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...                          

Liberia Reports Dozens of New Ebola Cases on Border

December 29, 2014 8:33 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of new Ebola cases have erupted in Liberia, near the border with Sierra Leone, Liberian health officials warned Monday, marking a setback amid recent improvements. Read more...             

Malaria Killing Thousands More Than Ebola in West Africa

December 29, 2014 8:29 am | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. Read more...           

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