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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...

Potential Treatment for Most Common Form of Muscular Dystrophy

March 17, 2015 12:02 pm | by University of Virginia Health System | News | Comments

A doctor who was one of the discoverers of the gene responsible for myotonic muscular dystrophy has now identified a therapeutic that could slow progression of muscle damage and muscle dysfunction associated with the disease – issues that cause patients significant disability and deterioration in quality of life. Read more...

Gene Discovery Provides Clue to How TB May Evade the Immune System

March 17, 2015 9:01 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The largest genetic study of tuberculosis susceptibility to date has led to a potentially important new insight into how the pathogen manages to evade the immune system. Read more...

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New System Made for Detecting Adverse Effects of Medications Using Social Media

March 17, 2015 8:55 am | by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a system for detecting adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs by tracking information generated by patients on specialized blogs or social networks such as Twitter in real time. 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...

American Who Contracted Ebola Now in Critical Condition

March 17, 2015 8:41 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. Read more...

Scientists Make Surprise Finding in Stroke Research

March 17, 2015 8:37 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have made an important new discovery about the brain’s immune system that could lead to potential new treatments for stroke and other related conditions. Read more...

UK, Drugmakers Establish $100M Alzheimer's Venture Fund

March 17, 2015 8:32 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Major drugmakers, the British government and a top Alzheimer's research charity are pooling more than $100 million to create a global fund to accelerate efforts to find a treatment or even a cure for the mind-robbing disease within a decade. Read more...

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Sickle Cell Drug Offers “Overwhelming” Gains as “Exciting” Stem Cell Trial Starts

March 16, 2015 3:58 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

A clinical trial of the most common sickle cell anemia drug, hydroxyurea, was halted a year early this winter because of “overwhelming evidence of benefit,” reported University of Nebraska Medical Center pediatric researcher Stephen Obaro, M.D., Ph.D., in The Lancet. Read more...

Researchers Unlock the Mysteries of Wound Healing

March 16, 2015 11:49 am | by Jill Goetz, UA News | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary research team discovers how cells know to rush to a wound and heal it – opening the door to new treatments for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered what causes and regulates collective cell migration, one of the most universal but least understood biological processes in all living organisms. Read more...

Oncologists Share Reasons for Cancer Drugs' High Cost, Recommend Solutions

March 16, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care in the U.S. and the American health care system overall, say the authors of a special article published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

Cidara Therapeutics Files for IPO

March 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The biotech firm based in San Diego is only two years old. Read more...

New Sign-Up Under Health Care Law Gets Lukewarm Reception

March 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. Read more....

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Amgen's Cholesterol-Lowering Repatha Shows Positive Data

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | News | Comments

Amgen announced new detailed data from the Phase 3 YUKAWA-2 study evaluating Repatha (evolocumab), a novel investigational cholesterol-lowering medication, in Japanese patients with high cardiovascular risk and high cholesterol.  Read more...

Studies Boost Hopes for New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

March 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market. Read more...

Antibody Therapy Dramatically Improves Psoriasis Symptoms

March 16, 2015 8:28 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

Many patients suffering from psoriasis showed significant recovery during clinical trials. Read more...

Clinical Trial Review Finds No Increased Risk of Suicide in Patients Using Chantix

March 16, 2015 8:28 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

The findings showed no evidence of an increased risk of suicidal behavior. Read more...

Anti-Herpes Drug May Help Control HIV

March 13, 2015 1:56 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

A drug that’s used to control herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) could reduce levels of HIV in patients who do not have genital herpes, finds a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study. Read more...

Diabetes Drug Shown Not to Increase Heart Failure Risk

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

People with the most common form of diabetes can take the new drug Alogliptin without concern for an increased risk of heart failure or cardiovascular disease, according to research by a UConn cardiologist published in the British medical journal, The Lancet. 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...

Stem Cells Lurking in Tumors Can Resist Treatment

March 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists are eager to make use of stem cells’ extraordinary power to transform into nearly any kind of cell, but that ability also is cause for concern in cancer treatment. Malignant tumors contain stem cells, prompting worries among medical experts that the cells’ transformative powers help cancers escape treatment. Read more...

Study Shows Two New Flu Strains Do Not Yet Easily Infect Humans

March 13, 2015 10:00 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. Read more...

More Children at Risk of Measles in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

March 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola's toll moved beyond 10,000 deaths Thursday even as researchers warned of yet another threat to hard-hit West Africa. 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...

UN Tally of Ebola Deaths Passes 10,000

March 13, 2015 9:05 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the deaths were in West Africa. Read more...

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