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Research Offers a New Approach to Improving HIV Vaccines

June 5, 2015 10:38 am | by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute | News | Comments

Researchers identify a molecule that recognizes HIV and initiates an immune response -- the findings could help improve the efficacy of HIV vaccines to prevent infection. Read more...

Drug Discovery Spotlight: Female Libido Drug FDA Recommended; Oncology Meeting Highlights

June 5, 2015 10:18 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

This week witnessed an FDA recommendation of a twice-rejected female libido drug. And more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world gathered at ASCO 2015 to discuss groundbreaking research and ongoing controversies in the field. Read more...

EU Approves Helsinn's Akynzeo for CINV

June 5, 2015 9:04 am | News | Comments

Akynzeo is a new oral fixed dose combination of a highly-selective NK1 receptor antagonist, and palonosetron, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Read more...


Mylan Launches Generic Intuniv Tablets

June 5, 2015 8:58 am | News | Comments

This product is indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as monotherapy and as adjunctive therapy to stimulant medications. Read more...

Study Suggests Link Between Cholesterol Drugs, Lower Risk of Cancer Death

June 5, 2015 8:50 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

The 15-year study followed almost 150,000 post-menopausal women aged between 50 and 79. Read more...

NIH Researchers Pilot Predictive Medicine by Studying Healthy People's DNA

June 5, 2015 8:39 am | by National Institute of Health | News | Comments

A new study has turned traditional genomics research on its head. Read more...

More Reason for Calm than Panic in South Korea's MERS Scare

June 5, 2015 8:34 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's happening in South Korea. Read more...

Onxeo Announces New Data for Two Orphan Oncology Drugs

June 4, 2015 12:19 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Onxeo’s Chief Scientific Officer Graham Dixon spoke with Drug Discovery & Development about the development of the orphan oncology market as well as elaborated on the news related to his company’s top two drugs. Read more...


Appalachia Gripped by Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bracing for HIV

June 4, 2015 11:08 am | by Claire Galofaro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm. He knew the odds; most of the addicts in the room probably had hepatitis C. Read more...

Precision Health: Predicting and Preventing Disease — Not Just Treating It

June 4, 2015 10:59 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Imagine a system where doctors can quickly comb through millions of anonymized patient records to find people with conditions and medical experiences just like yours. Through this massive, searchable database, doctors could determine how best to treat you, based on what has worked effectively for others with similar symptoms and characteristics. Read more...

Berg: Data on BPM 31510 Solid Tumor Trial

June 4, 2015 10:16 am | News | Comments

Berg, a biopharmaceutical company committed to uncovering health solutions through a data-driven, biological approach, presented clinical research from its trials using its cancer drug BPM 31510 on Phase Ib solid tumors and preclinical data on triple negative breast cancer, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), May 29 – June 2 in Chicago. Read more...

Using Diamond to Identify Counterfeit Drugs

June 4, 2015 8:50 am | by Dr. Andrew S. Janoff, Founder and CEO, Taaneh, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In countries around the world, the sale of counterfeit drugs is a significant problem for the pharmaceutical industry. It is estimated that global sales of counterfeit drugs now total more than $350 billion every year. In addition to lost revenue for drug marketers, falsified drugs also pose a significant risk to the safety and well being of consumers. Read more...

Scientists Produce Strongest Evidence Yet of Schizophrenia's Causes

June 4, 2015 8:48 am | by Cardiff University | News | Comments

Researchers discover that risk mutations disrupt a delicate chemical balance in the brain, responsible for brain development and function. Read more...


Links Found Between Blood Type, Risk of Cognitive Decline

June 4, 2015 8:42 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A pioneering study has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may cause a higher risk of developing cognitive decline. Read more...

Takeda's Zafatek is Now Available for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Japan

June 4, 2015 8:30 am | News | Comments

The approval of ZAFATEK was granted based on the safety and efficacy results of multiple clinical phase III studies in patients with type 2 diabetes in Japan. Read more...

A New Tool to Tackle Neurological Disorders

June 4, 2015 8:21 am | by Flinders University | News | Comments

Neuroscientists have identified a series of chemical tools that can either increase or inhibit the release of neurotransmitters by neurons, the cells of the brain. Read more...

Early Clinical Trial Success for New RA Treatment

June 4, 2015 8:20 am | by University of Queensland | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a world-first vaccine-style therapeutic approach to treat rheumatoid arthritis, a debilitating disease affecting more than 450,000 people in Australia. Read more...

Are Commercial Conflicts of Interests Justifiable in Medical Journals?

June 3, 2015 11:14 am | News | Comments

A group of former senior editors, writing in The BMJ today, criticise a "seriously flawed and inflammatory attack" by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on what that journal believes have become overly stringent policies on conflicts of interest. Read more..

Zinc In the Body May Contribute to Kidney Stones

June 3, 2015 11:11 am | by Elizabeth Fernandez, UC San Francisco | News | Comments

New research on kidney stone formation reveals that zinc levels may contribute to kidney stone formation, a common urinary condition that can cause excruciating pain. The research found that zinc may be the core by which stone formation starts. Read more...

Liquid Biopsy Shows Promise as Prostate Cancer Test

June 3, 2015 11:01 am | by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. | News | Comments

A multi-center study led by NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center has found that a urine test can determine if a patient has high-grade prostate cancer with 92 percent accuracy. Dr. James McKiernan presented these findings at the American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting Press Event. Read more...

High Blood Pressure Drug May Also Have Anti-Parkinson’s Effect

June 3, 2015 10:45 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Articles | Comments

A common, FDA-approved high blood pressure drug may also be able to combat the furious immune response occurring in—and accelerating—Parkinson’s disease, reports a Georgetown University and University of Colorado team in Science Signaling. Read more...

Scientists Release Ebola Sequencing Data to Global Research Community Online

June 3, 2015 9:34 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The dataset will allow the global scientific community to monitor the pathogen’s evolution in real-time and conduct research that can lead to more effective strategies against further outbreaks. Read more...

ASCO 2015: Delmar Pharmaceuticals Presents Updated Phase 1/2 Clinical Data on VAL-083

June 3, 2015 9:28 am | News | Comments

VAL-083 more than doubled the survival rate of patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme participating in the clinical trial. Read more...

Researchers Warn G7 Leaders on Disease Preparedness

June 3, 2015 9:15 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Two leading researchers are calling on G7 leaders to support a global research and development effort to prepare for the next outbreak of a major disease like Ebola. Read more...

How the TB Bacterium Tricks the Immune System

June 3, 2015 9:10 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Tuberculosis is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis and it affects over 12 million people globally. Read more...

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