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Exploring the FDA’s Accelerated Approval Pathway

August 21, 2017

Investigational new drugs that could fill an unmet medical need are sometimes granted “Accelerated Approval” by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an effort to make these medicines available to the patients who need them.

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Clinical Trial Shows Amgen’s Repatha Does Not Impair Cognition

August 21, 2017 - Amgen’s PCSK9 inhibitor drug Repatha (evolocumab) does not have an effect on cognitive function, according to the results from a recent Phase III clinical trial.

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Patients with Parkinson’s Disease May Benefit from Telemedicine-Based Care

August 18, 2017 - A new study published in the journal, Neurology, suggests that taking a telemedicine approach to Parkinson’s care could be just as effective for patients as visits to their local doctor’s office.

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One Third of Cancer Patients Report Their Out-of-Pocket Treatment Costs are Higher Than Expected

August 18, 2017 - While insurance coverage can help make the cost of cancer treatment more manageable, a new study suggests that it may not do enough to offset the expense.

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Exclusion Criteria for Clinical Trials Poses Major Barrier to Patient Enrollment

August 17, 2017 - UT Southwestern researchers say that clinical investigators continue to increase the number of exclusion criteria, preventing more patients from participating in clinical trials.

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Medical Devices: Reviewing Regulatory Changes in the US and EU

Moving Beyond Regulatory and Performance Metrics in Starting Clinical Trials

Targeting Cellular Nitrogen Metabolism Could Offer a New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

August 17, 2017 - An enzyme involved in regulating the amount of nitrogen in the cell could be a new drug target for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

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Regeneron’s Drug for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Fails in Phase III Clinical Trial

August 16, 2017 - Biotechnology company Regeneron has announced it will not continue development of its antibody drug, suptavumab, after a failure in a Phase III clinical trial.

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Activated Charcoal May Prevent Negative Effects of Antibiotics on Microbiome

August 16, 2017 - Researchers at a French biotech company, Da Volterra, believe that a modified version of activated charcoal could solve this problem by allowing antibiotics to kill pathogenic microbes while sparing those that are important to gut health.

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Kellogg Joins the Probiotic Trend with Special K Nourish Cereal

August 15, 2017 - In an effort to appeal to the changing health food market, the Pop-Tarts maker plans on increasing the fibre content in its packaged goods and later this year, is launching a Special K Nourish cereal with probiotics — bacterial cultures that promote digestive health.

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Could Importing Prescription Drugs from Canada Solve the US Drug Pricing Issue?

August 15, 2017 - Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act in late February in an effort to provide US-based pharmacies with a legal route of importing less expensive branded pharmaceuticals from Canada.

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Cancer Blood Test Detects Mutations to Track Cancer Metastasis

August 15, 2017 - A new highly sensitive blood test – developed by researchers at Stanford University – uses single colour digital PRC to characterize genetic mutations in circulating cancer cells.

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President Trump Declares a National Emergency over Opioid Crisis

August 14, 2017 - The opioid crisis will officially be declared a “national emergency” in the US by President Donald Trump.

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Cholera Vaccines May Not Fully Protect Children against Deadly Diarrheal Disease

August 14, 2017 - While adults immunized against cholera may be well-protected, children who receive the same vaccines may be not be, according to a review conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Using Fluorescence to Detect Cellular Stress and Improve Drug Safety

August 11, 2017 - Using a fluorescent sensor designed to be activated by misfolded proteins inside the cell, researchers at Penn State University have developed a novel method to test the safety of new drugs.

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Type 1 Diabetes Could Eventually Be Treated Using Immunotherapy

August 11, 2017 - Researchers at the Cardiff University School of Medicine have found that an immunotherapy designed to treat diabetes was both safe and effective when tested in a small clinical trial.

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Can Medicinal Cannabis Reduce Opioid Use for Chronic Pain?

August 10, 2017 - A research team has been granted $3.8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct the first long-term study of medicinal cannabis versus opioid use among patients with, and without, HIV.

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Handheld Medical Device to Help in Detection of Heart Murmurs

August 10, 2017 - To support the detection of both innocent and pathological heart murmurs, AUM Cardiovascular has developed a non-invasive medical device which uses both acoustic and electrocardiogram (ECG) technology.

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Study Finds Common Chemotherapy Could Contribute to Cancer Metastasis

August 9, 2017 - Chemotherapy drugs are often a key component of cancer treatment, however a new study has found a common chemotherapeutic agent, paclitaxel, could activate a pro-metastasis gene.

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Medication Adherence Startup Raises $1.6 Million in Funding

August 9, 2017 - Using predictive analytics and individualized patient engagement strategies, digital health startup Groove Health hopes to improve medication adherence.

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Researchers Use CRISPR to Repair Inherited Mutation Which Causes Cardiac Condition

August 8, 2017 - Using CRISPR gene editing, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have successfully repaired a heart disease-causing mutation that can contribute to heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

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AbbVie’s 8-Week Hepatitis C Drug to Rival Gilead’s Bestselling Therapies

August 8, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved AbbVie’s Mavyret (glecaprevir/pibrentasvir), the first treatment for hepatitis C to show a 98 percent cure rate in as little as eight weeks.

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FDA Approves Celgene’s AML Treatment Paired with Abbott’s Companion Diagnostic

August 4, 2017 - Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer, could now have a new treatment option thanks to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Celgene’s Idhifa (enasidenib).

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Johnson & Johnson Debuts New DTC Crohn’s Disease Ad for Stelara

August 3, 2017 - J&J subsidiary Janssen, has released a new direct-to-consumer (DTC) ad promoting Stelara’s latest indication in the treatment of Crohn’s disease.

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FDA Approves Heart Health Claim for Soybean Oil

August 2, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now allow food manufacturers to include a heart health claim on products containing soybean oil.

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Study Finds Zika Virus is Unlikely to be Transmitted through Saliva

August 2, 2017 - The primary mode of transmission for the Zika virus is thought to be through the blood, however worries that the virus could be passed along through other bodily fluids prompted researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study saliva’s virus-harboring potential.

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Depression Combined with Heart Disease Leads to Increased Death Risk

August 1, 2017 - According to researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, patients with coronary heart disease who later develop depression could be twice as likely to die, compared to non-depressed patients.

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FDA-Approved Fentanyl Drug Screening Assay to Help Identify Opioid Abuse

August 1, 2017 - For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a urine-based immunoassay to detect fentanyl in living patients.

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Health Law Researchers Highlight Consent Problems with Biobank Sample Collection

July 31, 2017 - While biobank activity has intensified over the last several decades, a recent essay published in PLOS Biology suggests that the ethical and legal issues surrounding patient consent for sample and health information collection has yet to be standardized.

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Patient Anonymity in Clinical Trials Supported by Two De-Identification Methods

July 31, 2017 - A recent study – published Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research – looked at two de-identification methods for clinical trials data, known as k-anonymization and adding a “fuzzy factor.”

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760 New Genetic Drug Targets Identified by Cancer Researchers

July 28, 2017 - A new cancer dependency map, developed by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has identified over 760 genes which could be potential drug targets for future anti-cancer therapies.

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Approved Alzheimer’s Drug Could Reduce Inflammation in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

July 28, 2017 - A recent report published in the journal JCI Insight suggests that an existing Alzheimer’s drug could also be used to treat patients with metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, high cholesterol and excess fat around the midline.

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Hydrogel Drug Delivery Could Improve Safety of Slow-Release Medications

July 27, 2017 - The hydrogel remains intact when exposed to the harsh conditions in the gastrointestinal tract, and can be triggered to release its drug payload using an external signal.

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Doctors Should Stop Telling Patients to Complete their Course of Antibiotics, Infectious Disease Specialists Say

July 27, 2017 - While it’s been believed that early discontinuation of antibiotics could help drive antibiotic resistance among pathogens, a new paper published in the BMJ suggests that this idea is outdated.

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Positive Clinical Trial Results Prompt Genocea to Push Herpes Drug into Phase III

July 26, 2017 - The data from Genocea Biosciences’ Phase IIb clinical trial for the company’s herpes drug candidate have just been released, and it looks like the biopharmaceutical firm will be pushing the immunotherapy into Phase III.

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Study: Chemotherapy Before Surgery Improves Survival in Breast Cancer Patients

July 26, 2017 - An observational study conducted by Italian researchers has found that breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy before undergoing surgery to remove the tumor had a better rate of short- and long-term survival.

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Long-Acting Antiretroviral Therapy to Reduce Pill Burden on HIV Patients

July 25, 2017 - Researchers from the University of North Carolina have shown that a monthly ART injection could be as effective – or even more effective – compared to standard ART at preventing HIV from once again becoming infectious.

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New Self-Injectable Form of Lupus Drug Approved by the FDA

July 25, 2017 - Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) will now have the option to self-inject their medication thanks to the FDA approval of GSK’s reformulated lupus drug, Benlysta (belimumab).

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Canadian Chicken Farmers to Further Reduce Use of Antibiotics

July 24, 2017 - The Chicken Farmers of Canada, a national group dedicated to supporting poultry farmers and helping them meet consumer demand for chicken, has announced their strategy for eliminating the use of certain antimicrobials in meat production.

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Neonatal MRI Medical Device Approved by the FDA

July 24, 2017 - Medical device maker Aspect Imaging has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its Embrace Neonatal MRI System.

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PhRMA Industry Group Takes Defensive Stance on Drug Pricing in New Campaign

July 21, 2017 - The pharmaceutical industry trade group PhRMA has launched a campaign called “Let’s Talk About Cost” in which the lobbying group seeks to answer patients’ common questions about drug pricing.

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Gilead’s Newest Hepatitis C Drug Gets FDA Approval

July 21, 2017 - Dominant player in the chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) market Gilead has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its newest treatment, Vosevi.

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Detecting Alzheimer’s Biomarkers in the Blood Could Improve Early Diagnosis

July 20, 2017 - In an effort to improve rates of early diagnosis and intervention, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a blood test that can detect some of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Supports Clinical Trial Enrollment, Says Study

July 20, 2017 - Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, insurance approval for patients wishing to participate in oncology clinical trials has increased, according to a recent study published in the journal, Clinical Cancer Research.

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FDA Approves Puma Biotechnology’s Extended Adjuvant Therapy for Breast

July 19, 2017 - Puma Biotechnology’s breast cancer drug Nerlynx (neratinib) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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CAR-T Cell Therapy Shows Promise as Leukemia Treatment in Early Stage Clinical Trial

July 19, 2017 - About 70 percent of clinical trial participants with chronic lymphocytic leukemia experienced tumor shrinkage after being treated with CAR-T immunotherapy, according to researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Side Effect Risk Could Be Preventing Stroke Patients from Taking Statins

July 17, 2017 - Researchers in the UK have found that stroke survivors may not be taking their statin medicines as prescribed over concerns about potential side effects associated with the drugs.

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Amid Salmonella Scare, Loblaws Recalls President’s Choice Brand Chicken Nuggets

July 17, 2017 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a national recall of President's Choice brand Pub Recipe Chicken Nuggets due to possible Salmonella contamination.

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Anti-CRISPR Proteins Could Improve Accuracy of Gene Editing

July 14, 2017 - Researchers from the University of California (UC) Berkeley and UC San Francisco have shown that newly-identified anti-CRISPR proteins could help improve the accuracy of the gene editing technique.

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Eli Lilly Resolves Pending Patent Litigation for Best-Selling Cialis

July 14, 2017 - After going head-to-head with generic drugmakers in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Eli Lilly has reached an agreement with the competitors regarding the impending patent expiration of its best-selling erectile dysfunction drug, Cialis (tadalafil).

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Allergan Recruits Celebrities to Preventable Blindness Marketing Campaign

July 13, 2017 - Milo Ventimiglia, best known for his portrayal of Jess Mariano in “Gilmore Girls,” has joined actress Alexandra Daddario and football player Victor Cruz to promote Allergan’s See America social media campaign.

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Defymed to Develop an Implantable Device for Insulin Delivery and Improved Diabetes Management

July 13, 2017 - French medical device manufacturer Defymed is developing an insulin delivery device designed to be implanted into the abdomen of patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Biomarker Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Could Support Early Diagnosis

July 12, 2017 - Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania say they have developed a biomarker panel that could help clinicians detect and diagnose pancreatic cancer.

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Arena Pharmaceuticals’ Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Drug Shows Positive Results in Clinical Trial

July 12, 2017 - San Diego-based company Arena Pharmaceuticals has released the results for their Phase II clinical trial of ralinepag, an investigational drug designed to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

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First New Treatment in Two Decades for Sickle Cell Disease Approved by FDA

July 11, 2017 - Emmaus Life Sciences’ sickle cell disease drug Endari (L-glutamine oral powder) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Campbell’s Soup to Buy Pacific Foods in Deal Worth $700 Million

July 11, 2017 - In an effort to expand its organic offerings, the iconic Campbell Soup Company has entered into an agreement to purchase natural food brand Pacific Foods.

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After FDA Order, Endo Removes Opioid Painkiller from Market

July 10, 2017 - Last month, the FDA made a surprising request that Endo Pharmaceuticals remove Opana ER, its opioid pain drug, from the market over concerns surrounding its abuse potential.

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How Reproducible are Preclinical Study Results?

July 10, 2017 - According to McGill University researchers, cancer scientists often believe that preclinical study results can be replicated more often than they actually are.

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Parkinson’s Patients Could Have Elevated Risk of Melanoma

July 7, 2017 - According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease could be at an increased risk of developing melanoma.

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Liquid Biopsies May Offer Valuable Information About Cancer Treatment Response

July 6, 2017 - Non-invasive liquid biopsies could help clinicians determine whether a cancer patient is adequately responding to treatment, and give indications as to why some therapies aren’t working, according to researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.

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Sorrento Therapeutics Gets FDA Go-Ahead for Cancer Pain Clinical Trial

July 5, 2017 - The FDA has authorized Sorrento Therapeutics’ Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for their chronic pain drug candidate, Resiniferatoxin (RTX).

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PPI Problems: Heartburn Drugs Associated with Increased Risk of Death

July 5, 2017 - Millions of patients in the US take proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drugs to keep their heartburn under control, however multiple studies have now linked the medications with an increased risk of developing health problems, including bone fractures, kidney damage and dementia.

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Treating a Rare Complication of Heart Surgery Could Improve Patient Outcomes

June 30, 2017 - Protein-losing enteropathy (PLE) is a condition in which a patient suffers a dramatic loss of proteins into the intestine.

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CRISPR Add-on Could Make Gene Editing More Accurate

June 29, 2017 - University of Texas (UT) scientists have developed a technique to predict undesirable editing by the CRISPR tool and help researchers design personalized gene therapies on a patient-by-patient basis.

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Microneedle Patch Could Revolutionize Flu Vaccination

June 28, 2017 - A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University have shown that a microneedle patch may be a safe and effective way of immunizing people against influenza viruses.

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FDA Rejects Pfizer's Anemia Drug Biosimilar

June 27, 2017 - Pfizer announced that they have received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the FDA regarding its biosimilar version of Amgen’s anemia drug Epogen.

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Early Alzheimer’s Patients May See Benefit from Anti-Epilepsy Drug

June 27, 2017 - While the processes behind Alzheimer’s disease development aren’t fully understood, recent research has suggested that some cognitive decline could be caused by seizure-like activity in the brains of patients.

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First Human Colon Organoids Grown in Lab

June 26, 2017 - Using human pluripotent stem cells, researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed colon-like organoids that can be transplanted into mice.

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Could Genetic Markers Help Identify Patients at Risk of Opioid Overdose?

June 26, 2017 - Researchers at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands have identified 10 genes which may help healthcare providers predict which patients could respond poorly to opioid medications.

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Breastfeeding Mothers May Have Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke Later in Life

June 23, 2017 - According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women who breastfed their babies could have a lower future risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

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FDA Approves Shire’s New ADHD Drug

June 23, 2017 - No stranger to the ADHD market, Shire has announced that their new drug Mydayis (mixed salts of a single-entity amphetamine product) had been approved by the FDA.

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Sarepta Therapeutics to Partner with Genethon on Gene Therapy for Duchenne

June 22, 2017 - Biopharmaceutical company Sarepta Therapeutics and non-profit rare disease R&D company Genethon have decided to partner to develop novel therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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German Merck Launches Spinoff Immuno-Oncology Company

June 22, 2017 - Merck KGaA has announced the launch of iOnctura SA, a new immuno-oncology company built around two assets from the Healthcare R&D portfolio of the pharmaceutical company.

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Ikea Promotes Food Products by Offering Fill-in-the-Blanks Recipe Sheets

June 21, 2017 - In an effort to promote the company’s food business, Ikea recently launched a set of recipes printed on parchment paper that encourage consumers to “fill-in-the-blanks” with ingredients, fold the paper and cook the bag in the oven.

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Nanomaterial Promotes Bone Growth after Spinal Fusion Surgery

June 21, 2017 - Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a bioactive nanomaterial capable of effectively stimulating bone regeneration after spinal fusion surgery.

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Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ EpiPen Rival Gains FDA Approval

June 20, 2017 - The FDA has approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ epinephrine pre-filled syringe, Symjepi.

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UK’s NICE Approves New Crohn’s Disease Therapy

June 20, 2017 - The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recommended that Janssen’s Crohn’s disease drug Stelara (ustekinumab) be made available to patients in the UK through the NHS.

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Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods in $13.7 Billion Deal

June 19, 2017 - Online retail giant Amazon has announced that it has entered into a $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods Market.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Recalls Mislabeled Anticoagulant Drug

June 19, 2017 - Pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has recalled one lot of 5 mg Eliquis (apixaban) tablets after the batch was identified as being mislabeled.

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Wearable Biosensors Could Detect Biomarkers, Pathogens and Pollutants

June 16, 2017 - Rutgers University engineers are developing lab-on- a-chip biosensors that could be integrated into existing wearable devices.

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Teva’s Generic HIV Drug Gains FDA Approval

June 16, 2017 - The FDA has approved Teva Pharmaceutical’s generic version of Gilead’s HIV drug, Truvada.

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Merck Halts Enrollment in Keytruda Clinical Trials Following Patient Deaths

June 15, 2017 - Merck has announced that they will not be enrolling any new patients into two Phase III clinical trials involving Keytruda (pembrolizumab) following reports of patient deaths.

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Phase II Fail Prompts Acceleron to Discontinue Development of Renal Cell Carcinoma Drug

June 15, 2017 - Biopharmaceutical company Acceleron has announced their renal cell carcinoma (RCC) drug combo failed to meet its primary endpoint in a Phase II clinical trial, prompting the company to discontinue development of the candidate.

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Ebb Therapeutics Medical Device Cools Frontal Cortex to Offer Relief from Insomnia

June 14, 2017 - Patients experiencing insomnia may reach for over- the-counter (OTC) or prescription sleep aids to help them fall asleep but physicians at Ebb Therapeutics believe that a drug-free treatment may be a safer way to address sleeping troubles.

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What’s the Role of Vitamin A in the Development of Diabetes?

June 14, 2017 - A new study conducted by researchers at the Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden has identified a novel link between vitamin A and diabetes.

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Supreme Court Decision to Support Faster Launch of Biosimilar Drugs

June 13, 2017 - Yesterday, the US Supreme Court overturned an original court’s ruling which prevented Novartis from launching its biosimilar of Amgen’s cancer drug Neupogen, until six months after the pharmaceutical company gained FDA approval.

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Reassessing Clinical Trials Outcome Measures for Fragile X Syndrome Treatments

June 13, 2017 - A recent review of 22 clinical trials testing new treatments for the genetic disease known as fragile X syndrome (FXS), has found that the use of more reliable outcome measures may be necessary in order to show treatment efficacy.

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FDA and Endo Pull Opioid Pain Drug from the Market

June 12, 2017 - The FDA has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride), from the market amid concerns that the drug’s benefits do not outweigh the potential risk of abuse.

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FDA’s Failure to Ban Perchlorate in Food Packaging Sparks Backlash

June 12, 2017 - Health and consumer groups are urging the FDA to reconsider their decision not to ban perchlorate, a chemical added to food packaging to reduce static electricity.

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AMA to Vote on Requiring Drugmakers to Include Drug Prices in DTC Ads

June 9, 2017 - In its upcoming meeting, the American Medical Association (AMA) is set to vote on a resolution which could lead regulators to require drug prices to be included in direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads.

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Blood Biomarker for Huntington’s Disease Identified for First Time

June 8, 2017 - Researchers at University College London (UCL) have identified a blood biomarker which could predict the onset and progression of Huntington’s disease symptoms in patients.

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1 in 6 Patients with Atrial Fibrillation May Be Getting Wrong Dose of Blood

June 7, 2017 - New research conducted at the Mayo Clinic has found that one in six Americans on blood thinners to treat irregular heart rate – known as atrial fibrillation – could be taking too much or too little of the medication.

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Four Biomarkers Can Help Identify Viral and Non-Viral Causes of Systemic Inflammation

June 7, 2017 - Four blood biomarkers could help doctors decide whether the source of a patient’s systemic inflammation is viral or non-viral in nature.

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Clinical Assay Detects Zika Virus in Semen

June 6, 2017 - A clinical assay has been shown to reliably detect the Zika virus in semen samples, according to researchers at the Fertility and Cryogenics Lab in Illinois.

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Additional Insulin Injection May Reduce Heart Disease Risk in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

June 6, 2017 - A small clinical trial conducted by researchers at the NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility has found that patients with type 1 diabetes who were given an additional insulin injection three hours after consuming a meal may have a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Italy Attempts to Control Infectious Disease Outbreaks by Implementing Mandatory

June 5, 2017 - In response to a recent outbreak of measles in Italy which has so far affected 1,500 people, the Italian government has made it illegal for parents to prevent their children from receiving 12 essential vaccines.

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Blood Biomarker Could Facilitate Brain Cancer Diagnosis Five Years Earlier

June 5, 2017 - Weakened interactions between immune proteins known as cytokines could be a biomarker for early diagnosis of brain cancer, according to researchers at Ohio State.

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Teva’s Phase III Migraine Clinical Trial Returns Positive Results

June 2, 2017 - Teva Pharmaceuticals’ investigational treatment for migraine prevention, fremanezumab, was able to statistically significantly reduce the number of monthly headache days in patients suffering from chronic migraines.

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Handheld Medical Device to Improve Access to Cervical Cancer Screening

June 2, 2017 - Researchers at Duke University have developed a slim, handheld medical device that could revolutionize cervical cancer screening by putting the power in the hands of the women themselves.

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FDA Rejects Sunovion’s New Drug Application for COPD Medication

June 1, 2017 - Sunovion Pharmaceuticals has announced receipt of a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the FDA in regards to their New Drug Application (NDA) for SUN-101/eFlow (glycopyrrolate), a drug developed for the maintenance of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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PepsiCo in Talks to Acquire Owner of Vita Coco Coconut Water, Say Sources

June 1, 2017 - Beverage giant PepsiCo is reportedly looking to acquire coconut water brand Vita Coco’s parent company All Market Inc, according to a Reuters report.

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Thousands of Off-Target Mutations Plague CRISPR Gene Editing

May 31, 2017 - A recent study, set to be published in the journal Nature Methods, has highlighted this fact by reporting that the technology may introduce hundreds or thousands of so-called off-target mutations into the genome.

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Self-Clearing Catheter Technology Could Improve Lifespan of Implantable Medical Devices

May 31, 2017 - In an effort to improve the lifespan of these implantable medical devices and avoid repeat surgery, engineers at Purdue University have developed a self-clearing catheter that uses magnetic force to keep the catheter free of obstructions.

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Patients Show Improved Medication Adherence to HIV Drugs in Recent Years

May 30, 2017 - A recent study of Medicaid data in the US has found that HIV patients are adhering better to their disease management medications, compared to previous years.

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GW Pharmaceuticals’ Cannabis Drug Show Promise in Late-Stage Clinical Trial of Epilepsy

May 30, 2017 - UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals has released positive Phase III clinical trial results for its cannabis-derived drug Epidiolex (cannabidiol) in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

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Cardiac Safety Study Could Encourage Development of Pediatric Medical Devices

May 29, 2017 - Developing specific medical devices for pediatric patients can be challenging, and larger devices designed for adults are often repurposed for use in this vulnerable population, potentially leading to safety concerns.

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Kidneys from Diabetic Donors May be Best Transplant Option for Some Patients

May 29, 2017 - According to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, certain patients awaiting a kidney transplant may benefit from being given an organ from a donor with diabetes.

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Protagonist Therapeutics Starts Phase I Clinical Trial for Rare Diseases of Iron Overload

May 26, 2017 - A Phase I clinical trial of Protagonist Therapeutics’ biologic drug PTG-300, has commenced in a cohort of healthy volunteers.

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Lavazza Acquires Controlling Stake in Canada’s Kicking Horse Coffee

May 26, 2017 - Italian coffee company Lavazza, has secured an 80 percent equity stake in Canadian organic and fair-trade coffee company Kicking Horse Coffee, in a deal worth CAD$215 million.

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FDA First: Keytruda Approved for Cancer Treatment Based on Biomarker Alone

May 25, 2017 - For the first time, the FDA has approved a cancer treatment for solid tumors based on the presence of a biomarker, as opposed to specifying a tissue of origin.

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One Year of Medically Assisted Dying in Canada

May 25, 2017 - In June of 2016, the federal government of Canada passed legislation to legalize medically assisted dying.

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Expanded Indication for Actemra makes it First FDA-Approved Treatment for Giant Cell Arteritis

May 24, 2017 - Genentech’s arthritis drug, Actemra (tocilizumab), was approved by the FDA on Monday to treat adults with giant cell arteritis (GCA).

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Nanofluidic Device Could Improve Quality of Biologic Drugs

May 24, 2017 - MIT engineers have developed a nanofluidic device capable of assessing the quality of biologic drugs as they’re being manufactured.

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Bioengineered Heart Valve Regenerates Just Like Human Heart Tissue

May 23, 2017 - Over four million people each year suffer from cardiac valve disease, requiring them to undergo surgery to receive a replacement valve.

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Human Antibodies from Survivor Protect Against All Species of Ebola Virus

May 23, 2017 - A team of researchers have identified the first human antibodies capable of protecting against all three pathogenic strains of the Ebola virus.

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Shire Releases Positive Late-Stage Clinical Trial Results for HAE Rare Disease Drug

May 19, 2017 - Dublin-based biotechnology company Shire is gearing up to submit a biologics license application (BLA) to the FDA after releasing positive data from its Phase III clinical trial of lanadelumab.

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Study Finds Hospital-Acquired Anemia Linked with Poorer Patient Outcomes

May 19, 2017 - New research conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that one in three patients admitted to hospital develop anemia as a result.

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Scott Gottlieb Takes the Helm of the FDA

May 18, 2017 - One of the first things on his regulatory agenda is to address drug pricing – a hot topic in the US pharmaceutical industry today.

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Opioid Prescriptions for Minor Injuries Contribute to Growing Epidemic

May 18, 2017 - While many assume that patients prescribed large quantities of opioid drugs – such as oxycodone – for chronic pain are at the highest risk of abuse and dependence, new research suggests that small prescriptions for these narcotic painkillers could be just as dangerous.

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Drugs Ratings Online Database for Physicians Launched by Sermo

May 17, 2017 - Physicians’ social media network, Sermo, has launched a new database for prescription drugs featuring ratings, reviews and comments.

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Researchers Urge FDA to Update Guidance for Alzheimer’s Drug Approvals

May 17, 2017 - Alzheimer’s disease drugs are notoriously difficult to develop, as they often show efficacy in early stage clinical trials but fail to meet critical endpoints when it comes to the pivotal Phase III study.

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Large Cyber-Attack on UK Hospitals and NHS Disrupts Healthcare Service

May 16, 2017 - A large-scale cyber-attack has hit a number of National Health Service (NIH) run hospitals in the UK, disrupting service and prompting healthcare workers to postpone non-emergency procedures.

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Chemotherapy after Surgery Reduces Risk of Bladder Cancer Recurrence

May 16, 2017 - A large US study has found that treating bladder cancer patients with a common chemotherapy agent after surgically removing their tumor, can significantly help prevent the cancer from coming back.

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INC Research and inVentiv Health Merge to Form CRO Worth $7.4 Billion

May 15, 2017 - The all-stock transaction is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.

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Researchers Highlight Food Safety Issues Surrounding Meal Kits

May 15, 2017 - The team of researchers ordered 169 delivered meal kits, including packages that contained 271 meat products, 235 seafood items, and 39 poultry products.

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EpiPen May Retain Potency up to Four Years After Expiration Date

May 12, 2017 - The team of researchers from the University of California in San Diego, published their findings in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine.

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32 Percent of FDA- Approved Drugs Associated with Postmarket Safety Events

May 12, 2017 - This trend was identified by researchers in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, who published their findings in JAMA.

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Engineered Bone Tissue Could Improve Success of Bone Marrow Transplants

May 11, 2017 - This engineered tissue could act as an incubator for the transplanted cells, allowing them to grow and divide, and eliminated the need for radiation treatment to kill off the patient’s endogenous cells. Image courtesy of Varghese lab, UC San Diego.

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Low-Dose Cannabis Could Protect Cognitive Function in Aging Brain

May 10, 2017 - A recent study conducted by researchers in Germany has found that mice treated with low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the active ingredients found in cannabis – showed a reversal in age-related cognitive decline.

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Clinical Trial will Test Statins as Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

May 10, 2017 - The study coordinators plan to recruit over 1,000 patients with MS, and estimate the multi-year clinical trial will cost $7 million.

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Will PTC’s $35,000 Price Tag for Emflaza be Enough to Appease Drug Pricing Critics?

May 9, 2017 - A generic version of the steroid has been sold in other countries for as little as $1,000 per year – a fact that US DMD patients used to take advantage of by importing the medicine from other nations.

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FDA Approves First New ALS Drug in Two Decades

May 9, 2017 - The intravenous infusion treatment is the first to be approved to treat the rare disease in over 20 years.

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Glaucoma Biomarker Could Predict Future Vision Loss

May 8, 2017 - Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have identified a biomarker which has the potential to help physicians monitor disease progression and assess the effectiveness of glaucoma medications.

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Effectiveness of Cancer Immunotherapy Could Be Improved by Blocking Platelet Production

May 8, 2017 - Researchers have identified a new mechanism by which platelets impair T cell activity.

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Endometrial Cancer Drug Fails in Late- Stage Clinical Trial

May 5, 2017 - Canadian biopharmaceutical company, Aeterna Zentaris, has announced that their investigational endometrial cancer drug failed to show a statistically significant increase in overall survival, compared to doxorubicin chemotherapy, in a recent late- stage clinical trial.

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Wireless Source Could Power Medical Devices from Outside the Body

May 5, 2017 - Researchers have developed an ingestible electronic capsule which receives power wirelessly through radio waves transmitted by a source outside the body.

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Some Patients Taking Repatha Will Receive Full Refund if They Experience a Cardiac Event

May 4, 2017 - Cardiovascular disease patients covered under Harvard Pilgrim health plans will now be eligible for a full refund if they experience a cardiac event while taking Amgen’s cholesterol-lowering drug, Repatha.

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Physicians Prescribe Fewer Branded Drugs When Sales Rep Visits are Limited

May 4, 2017 - Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), have now found that when pharmaceutical sales visits were restricted, doctors changed the way they prescribed drugs to their patients.

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Cell Model of Parkinson’s Disease Could Speed Drug Development

May 3, 2017 - To help in the development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed stem cells that mimic these oscillations in cell culture.

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Gene Editing Used to Trigger Arthritis Vaccine Production in Living Cells

May 2, 2017 - Researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, and the Washington University School of Medicine, have used CRISPR gene editing to engineer stem cells capable of producing an anti-inflammatory arthritis vaccine.

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Medeor to Start Late-Stage Clinical Trial of Immunotherapy for Transplant Patients

May 1, 2017 - Medeor Therapeutics has just received the FDA go- ahead to start a clinical trial of its cell-based immunotherapy, MDR-101. The personalized therapeutic could replace immune-suppressing drugs in patients who have received an organ transplant.

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Saturated Fat Does Not Clog Arteries, According to Researchers

April 28, 2017 - The researchers cited a systematic review and meta-analysis of observation studies that found no link between saturated fat consumption, coronary heart disease, and death.

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Canadian Regulator Recalls Pie Shells Over E. Coli Contaminated Flour

April 28, 2017 - Multiple brands of pie and tart shells are being recalled in Canada after the flour used to manufacture them was linked to 28 cases of illness due to infection with E. coli O121.

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FDA Sends Warning Letters to Manufacturers of Fake Cancer Drugs

April 27, 2017 - The FDA is cracking down on the sale of illegal cancer drugs by sending warning letters to 14 US companies selling the unapproved products.

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Womb-Like Device Could Increase Survival of Premature Babies

April 27, 2017 - Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed a womb-like device which mimics the environmental conditions found inside the uterus.

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Samsung Bioepis Receives First FDA Drug Approval for Remicade Biosimilar

April 26, 2017 - South Korea-based biopharmaceutical company, Samsung Bioepsis, has received its first product approval for the US market.

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New Medici App Has Big Implications for Future of Doctor-Patient Relationship

April 26, 2017 - A new healthcare messaging app, Medici, promises to connect patients with all of their doctors through a single platform.

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Postmenopausal Women with High Risk of Fracture May Benefit Most from Hormone Therapy

April 25, 2017 - According to a large study conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB), women with a genetic risk of fractures could receive the most bone-building benefit from hormone therapy.

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GSK Malaria Vaccine to be Pilot Tested in Three African Countries

April 25, 2017 - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will become the first countries to test GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) malaria vaccine in 2018.

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AbbVie Posts Late-Stage Clinical Trial Results for Chronic Hepatitis C Drug

April 24, 2017 - Patients with a traditionally challenging to treat subtype of hepatitis C may soon have a new treatment option for the chronic infection.

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Study: Few Cardiovascular Benefits of Aspirin Therapy for Patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease

April 24, 2017 - A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida has found that aspirin therapy may not provide sufficient cardiovascular benefits for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

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Two Drugs Being Tested To Prevent Cell Death in Dementia Patients

April 21, 2017 - Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have repurposed two drugs to prevent neurodegeneration characteristic of dementia in mouse models.

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Better Meal Planning for Diabetics Using a Predictive Blood Sugar App

April 21, 2017 - A new app could allow people with type 2 diabetes to make predictions about the impact of a meal on their blood sugar levels, before they even take a bite.

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Bacterial Biomarkers Could Make Diagnosing Colorectal Cancer Less Invasive

April 20, 2017 - Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health have identified specific strains of gut bacteria which have been associated with colorectal cancer.

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Weetabix Cereal Sold to Post in £1.4 Billion Deal

April 20, 2017 - The cereal was sold by Shanghai-based Bright Food, which acquired a controlling stake in the company in 2012.

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Wearable Device Could Help Diagnose Sleep Apnea after Traumatic Brain Injury

April 19, 2017 - Could a wearable device be just as effective as a sleep clinic at diagnosing sleep apnea following traumatic brain injury?

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Genentech’s Immunotherapy Gets Accelerated FDA Approval for Advanced Bladder Cancer

April 19, 2017 - The immunotherapy has been granted accelerated approval by the regulator for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC).

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Study Uncovers Mechanism Behind Cognitive Impairment in Chemotherapy Patients

April 18, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Kansas have now identified the potential mechanism behind this side effect – commonly referred to as “chemo brain” – and may have even identified some new ways to treat and prevent it.

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Alternative Statistical Approach May Increase Patient-Centricity in Clinical Trials

April 18, 2017 - Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with those from the Mayo Clinic, have published a study on the potential impact of including patient preferences in the traditional clinical trials process, on drug approvals in the oncology space.

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New CRISPR Gene Editing Enzyme Removed Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Mutations

April 17, 2017 - For the second time, a team of researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have corrected mutations associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy using CRISPR gene editing.

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Lab-on-a-Chip Detects Biomarkers for Preterm Birth

April 17, 2017 - A small microfluidic device, designed by researchers at Brigham Young University, could help physicians predict whether a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby early.

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Study: Patient Adherence to Alzheimer’s Drugs Needs Improvement

April 13, 2017 - While there are currently no treatments capable of curing Alzheimer’s disease, a class of drugs called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are commonly prescribed to dementia patients to help slow the progression of the disease.

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Shire and PatientsLikeMe Collaborate on Rare Disease Study

April 13, 2017 - Biopharmaceutical company, Shire Pharmaceuticals and online patient support community, PatientsLikeMe, have announced that they plan to collaborate with the aim of developing a patient-centered health education platform.

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Gilead’s Hepatitis C Meds Receive FDA Approval for Treatment of Pediatric Patients

April 12, 2017 - The FDA has approved supplemental applications for Gilead’s Harvoni and Sovaldi – both treatments for chronic hepatitis C infection – for pediatric patients age 12 and over.

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Health Canada Proposes Ban on Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Foods

April 12, 2017 - Health Canada has put forward a proposal to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils, which currently represent the main source of industrially produced trans fats in the food supply.

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Antiviral Drug Could Offer New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

April 11, 2017 - Now, research led by an international team from George Washington (GW) University, the University of Perugia and the University of Rome, have determined that a drug used to treat viral infections may be effective at slowing cystic fibrosis disease progression.

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23andMe DTC Genetic Health Risk Reports Approved by FDA

April 10, 2017 - The FDA has granted marketing approval to personal genetics company, 23andMe, for their direct-to-consumer (DTC) Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests.

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Viral Infection May Be Immune Trigger in Celiac Disease

April 10, 2017 - According to researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, infection with a common strain of viruses belonging to the reovirus family, could cause the immune system to trigger an inflammatory response against gluten.

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Allergan’s Botox Enters Phase III Clinical Trial for Major Depressive Disorder

April 7, 2017 - Earlier this week, Dublin-based pharmaceutical company, Allergan, announced topline data from a Phase II clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of Botox to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

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Teva’s New Treatment for Huntington’s Disease Approved by FDA

April 6, 2017 - Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Huntington’s Disease drug, Austedo (deutetrabenazine), has been approved by the FDA in the treatment of involuntary movements associated with the disorder, known as chorea.

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FDA Approves VivaLnk’s Wearable Device for Continuous Temperature Monitoring

April 6, 2017 - Digital health startup, VivaLnk, has just received FDA clearance for their continuous temperature monitoring medical device, Fever Scout.

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Women with Unexplained Clots May Now be Advised to Stop Taking Blood Thinners

April 5, 2017 - Researchers at the University of Ottawa have developed and validated a rule which may help physicians decide whether some women can stop taking blood thinners after a venous thrombosis.

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Could an Antibiotic be used to Treat the Symptoms of PTSD?

April 5, 2017 - According to research conducted at University College London and the University of Zurich, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections may be helpful in treating or preventing the negative thoughts associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Observational Study Finds Sanofi’s Diabetes Drug Lowers Incidence of Hypoglycemia

April 4, 2017 - Data from a recent real-world observational study has found that that Sanofi’s type 2 diabetes drug, Toujeo (insulin glargine 300 Units/mL), was associated with a lower risk of hypoglycemia, compared to other basal insulins.

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Mylan’s Voluntary EpiPen Recall Now Includes US

April 4, 2017 - Meridian Medical, a Pfizer-owned company and Mylan’s manufacturing partner for the EpiPen, has expanded its recall of the medical device to include lots distributed in the US.

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Novartis’ CAR-T Immunotherapy Gains FDA Priority Review

April 3, 2017 - Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted priority review for the company’s investigational T cell therapy, CTL019 (tisagenlecleucel-T), after accepting Novartis’ Biologics License Application (BLA).

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Peanuts May Improve Arterial Health, Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

April 3, 2017 - According to researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, peanut consumption at mealtime could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.

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Over-The-Counter Viagra Could Be Coming to a Pharmacy Near You

March 31, 2017 - The British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is looking at making Viagra (sildenafil) available as an over- the- counter (OTC) medication in the UK.

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UK Government Sets Recommendations for Sugar Reduction in Food Industry

March 31, 2017 - The UK government agency, Public Health England (PHE) has released voluntary guidelines aimed at reducing children’s sugar intake by the year 2020.

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Roche’s Multiple Sclerosis Drug is First Disease- Modifying Therapy Approved by FDA

March 30, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Roche’s Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) for the treatment of both relapsing and primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS).

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Home-Based Smartphone Male Fertility Test Could Improve Access to Sperm Testing

March 30, 2017 - Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a system that analyses the quantity and quality of sperm through an easy-to-use smartphone app.

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Study Finds Only Half of all UK Healthcare Professionals Report Pharma Perks

March 29, 2017 - According to a study conducted by research organization, RAND Europe, 55 percent of UK healthcare professionals who received payment or another perk from the pharmaceutical industry in 2015, disclosed that information to a publicly-accessible database.

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New PARP Inhibitor Drug Approved to Treat Women with Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

March 29, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zejula (niraparib) as a maintenance treatment for women with certain types of recurrent cancers, including epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer.

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Nektar’s Opioid Analgesic Meets Endpoints in Phase III Clinical Trial

March 28, 2017 - Nektar Therapeutics has announced that their opioid analgesic has met both its primary and secondary endpoint in a recent Phase III efficacy study.

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Small Molecule May Disrupt Biofilm Formation on Implantable Medical Devices

March 28, 2017 - Researchers at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland have identified a small molecule capable of preventing bacterial biofilms from growing on medical implants.

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FDA Approves PD-L1 Immunotherapy Developed by Pfizer and Merck KGaA

March 27, 2017 - Pfizer and Merck KGaA’s PD-L1 inhibitor, Bavencio (avelumab), has become the first immunotherapy to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a rare form of skin cancer, known as metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC).

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New Approach Could Allow Red Blood Cells to be Manufactured

March 27, 2017 - UK researchers at the University of Bristol have developed an immortal line of early adult erythroblasts capable of continuously producing mature red blood cells.

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Lung Cancer Recurrence Could Be Better Detected Using Biomarker Blood Test

March 24, 2017 - The results of a recent prospective clinical trial found that a biomarker blood test could detect lung cancer recurrence a full six months before imaging methods could spot the disease.

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Use of Testosterone Treatments Boosted by DTC Ad Campaigns

March 24, 2017 - Those with a stake in the pharmaceutical industry often question the effectiveness of direct-to- consumer (DTC) advertising, and whether it truly influences consumers to talk to their doctors about medical conditions and perhaps even ask for drugs by name.

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FDA Approves New Drug for Parkinson’s Disease

March 23, 2017 - Newron Pharmaceuticals’ Xadago (safinamide) has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an add-on medication for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Amgen Identifies Issue with Patient Access to PCSK9 Inhibitor

March 23, 2017 - Most US patients hoping to get their PCSK9 inhibitor medications covered by their prescription drug plan are being denied, according to two new studied conducted by Amgen.

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Smartphone App Created Using Apple’s ResearchKit Used to Conduct Asthma Clinical Studies

March 22, 2017 - Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have conducted a large-scale, observational study of asthma patients using the Apple ResearchKit framework and the Asthma Health app on patients’ iPhones.

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IBS Patients Taking Viberzi May Be at Increased Risk of Pancreatitis

March 22, 2017 - According to a recent drug safety communication issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea should not be treated using Viberzi (eluxadoline), if they do not have a gallbladder.

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PTC to Acquire Marathon’s Recently Approved Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug

March 17, 2017 - Amid a drug pricing controversy, PTC Therapeutics has agreed to buy Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug, Emflaza.

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Memphis Meats Produces World’s First Poultry from Animal Cells

March 17, 2017 - Silicon Valley-based food manufacturing company, Memphis Meats, has produced the world’s first “clean poultry” by growing chicken and duck cells outside the animals.

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CRISPR Gene Editing Could Prevent Vision Loss Caused by Retinal Disease

March 16, 2017 - According to a new study published in the journal, Nature Communications, silencing a gene, known as Nrl, using CRISPR could preserve photoreceptors in the eye.

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FDA Advisory Committees Find Benefits of Endo’s Opioid Drug Don’t Outweigh Risks

March 16, 2017 - Advisory committees to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have voted that the risk of abuse associated with Endo International’s opioid drug, Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release), outweighs its benefits.

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Mylan, Genentech and Roche Reach Agreement on Biosimilar Cancer Drug

March 15, 2017 - Mylan’s biosimilar version of the breast cancer drug, Herceptin, may soon be available, thanks to a settlement reached between the pharmaceutical company and the makers of the reference biologic, Genentech and Roche.

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Needle-Free Self-Administered Vaccines Could Be in Our Future

March 15, 2017 - A needle-free device developed by researchers at UC Berkeley, could be the next big thing in vaccine delivery technology.

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Trump Nominates Scott Gottlieb for FDA Commissioner Position

March 14, 2017 - Former Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next head of the agency.

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Allergan’s Dry Eye Ad Campaign Aims to Raise Disease Awareness

March 14, 2017 - Using its new ad campaign titled, “Eyepowerment,” global pharmaceutical company Allergan hopes to inspire individuals experiencing these symptoms to talk to their doctor about treatment options for the eye condition.

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New Zika Virus Research Sheds Light on Tissues Infected with the Pathogen

March 13, 2017 - Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), have identified multiple tissue types infected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Researchers Work Towards Building a Fully-Synthetic Yeast Genome

March 13, 2017 - A global research team working on the Synthetic Yeast Project (Sc2.0), has assembled five new synthetic yeast chromosomes for the commonly-used Baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

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European Pharmaceutical Associations Urge Physicians to Exercise Caution When Prescribing Biosimilars

March 10, 2017 - Three pharmaceutical industry groups in the EU have published a document aimed at helping physicians decide when it’s medically appropriate to switch a patient from a biologic to a biosimilar.

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First Drug for Frequent Nighttime Urination Approved By FDA

March 10, 2017 - Serenity Pharmaceuticals’ nasal spray, Noctiva, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat patients who experience frequent nighttime urination.

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Trial Finds Oral Drug Could Become Standard of Care for In Vitro Fertilization

March 9, 2017 - Global healthcare and research company, Abbott, has announced the results of their phase III clinical trial assessing the efficacy of oral dydrogesterone in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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General Mills Invests $500,000 in Wheat Alternative Grain

March 9, 2017 - Cereal giant, General Mills, has contributed $500,000 in research funding for Kernza, a perennial grain related to wheat.

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Some Women with Breast Cancer May Benefit from Soy Compound

March 8, 2017 - Foods containing soy have long been considered off-limits to women being treated for breast cancer, due to their high content of estrogen- like compounds known as isoflavones.

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Preserving Fertility During Chemotherapy Using Available Cancer Drug

March 8, 2017 - Everolimus, a drug used to slow tumor growth, could prevent chemotherapy-induced infertility, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Research First: Mouse Embryo Grown From Stem Cells in Culture

March 7, 2017 - In a world first, researchers at the University of Cambridge have grown an artificial mouse embryo using a stem cell mix in cell culture.

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Drug Therapy versus Psychotherapy for Mental Health Disorders: Which is More Accepted by Patients?

March 7, 2017 - A review study recently published in the American Psychological Association’s journal, Psychotherapy, has found that patients are less likely to complete a treatment program for mental disorders if it involves taking psychotropic drugs.

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Study: Physicians Over-Order Patient Liver Blood Tests

March 6, 2017 - According to a study conducted at the University of Michigan, doctors may be increasing costs and patient worry when they order multiple blood tests at once.

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Canadian Meat Producers Can Now Irradiate Beef to Improve Food Safety

March 6, 2017 - Health Canada has announced that meat producers will soon be permitted to sell fresh and frozen ground beef that’s been irradiated.

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Gene Therapy Could Be Effective Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

March 3, 2017 - A patient in France with sickle cell disease has been successfully treated for the condition using gene therapy.

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Drug for Dust Mite Allergy Approved by FDA

March 3, 2017 - Good news for house dust mite allergy sufferers: the FDA has approved Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.’s Odactra to treat allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis in patients between the ages of 18 and 65.

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Metered-Dose Inhalers May Be Less Accurately Used Than Previously Thought

March 2, 2017 - Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have found that many metered- dose inhalers used in the maintenance of chronic lung diseases, may be dispensing just half of the active ingredient in each puff.

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FDA Approves Nanocoated Cardiac Stent as Alternative Device for Heart Disease Patients

March 2, 2017 - Despite the debate surrounding the procedure, medical device company CeloNova Biosciences believe their nanocoated stent may be a good alternative to traditional drug-eluting stents for some patients.

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Experimental Therapy for Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors Investigated in Clinical Trial

March 1, 2017 - A new drug has been shown to improve progression- free survival in patients with rare midgut neuroendocrine tumors, according to researchers from Northwestern Medicine.

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Coca-Cola backs WHO’s Guidelines for Daily Sugar Intake

March 1, 2017 - According to the new CEO of Coca-Cola Co., James Quincey, the company will support the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for recommended daily sugar consumption limits.

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Genomic Diagnostic Could Use Nasal Swab to Detect Lung Cancer

February 28, 2017 - A non-invasive nasal swab could improve lung cancer diagnosis, according to genomic diagnostics company, Veracyte.

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Merck’s Antiviral Drug Meets Primary Endpoint in Phase III Clinical Trial

February 28, 2017 - Merck’s investigational antiviral medicine, letermovir, has met its primary endpoint of reducing the incidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in adults following a bone marrow transplant.

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Pfizer and Celltrion Seek Biosimilar Interchangeability for Crohn’s Disease Drug

February 27, 2017 - Pfizer recently reported that its biosimilar version of Johnson and Johnson’s Remicade, showed similar efficacy compared to the reference biologic in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn’s disease.

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Lack of Research Reproducibility Calls Scientific Integrity Into Question

February 27, 2017 - The journal, Nature conducted a survey last year which found that over 70 percent of researchers have, at one time or another, been unable to reproduce another’s results by conducting the same experiments.

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ImmusanT Releases Phase I Clinical Trial Results for Celiac Therapeutic

February 24, 2017 - Massachusetts- based biotech company ImmusanT, has completed a Phase Ib clinical trial for its celiac disease vaccine, Nexvax2.

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Antimicrobials Present on Healthy Skin Could Treat Atopic Dermatitis

February 24, 2017 - In studying the differences in microbial makeup of healthy and non-healthy skin, researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that some beneficial bacterial naturally produce antimicrobial peptides, which could be used to treat patients with atopic dermatitis.

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CDC: Interim Results Suggest Flu Vaccine 48 Percent Effective This Season

February 23, 2017 - This year’s influenza vaccine has reduced the risk of contracting the virus by approximately 50 percent, according to an interim report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Cognitive Symptoms of MS Could be Reduced by Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

February 23, 2017 - According to researchers at NYU Langone's Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, cognitive abilities of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) could be improved by pairing training with an approach known as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

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Some Online Pharmacies in UK Dispensing Antibiotics Without Prescription

February 22, 2017 - A new study suggests that online pharmacies in the UK could be contributing to the global health issue of antibiotic resistance by allowing patients to obtain antibiotics without a prescription.

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Popeyes to Join Burger King and Tim Hortons as Recent Acquisition of Restaurant Brands

February 22, 2017 - Restaurant Brands International (RBI) has announced their intention to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen for $1.8 billion in cash.

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Magnetic Implant Could Offer Improved Control Over Drug Delivery

February 21, 2017 - Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed Canada’s first magnetic drug implant as an alternative mode of drug delivery.

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Valeant’s Plaque Psoriasis Drug Gains FDA Approval

February 21, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Valeant’s injectable plaque psoriasis drug, Siliq (brodalumab).

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Implantable Defibrillator Could Present More Cardiac Problems for Some Patients

February 17, 2017 - According to a new study published in the journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, patients who receive a shock from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) could require further medical attention for cardiac issues.

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Using MRI to Detect Autism Biomarkers in Infants

February 16, 2017 - Using the brain imaging technique, the researchers showed 80 percent accuracy in predicting which children would be diagnosed with autism at 24 months.

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Shelf Engine Predictive Ordering System Could Reduce Fresh Food Waste

February 15, 2017 - Shelf Engine uses data provided by the food supplier or grocery chain – including previous orders and sales data, shelf life and gross margins – to create more accurate order lists.

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Controversial List Price Puts Muscular Dystrophy Drug Launch on Hold

February 15, 2017 - Though rebates and financial assistance promised by Marathon could bring the cost of the medication down to $54,000 per year, this is much more expensive than some patients were originally paying.

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Gilead Diversifies Pharmaceutical Marketing Strategy for HIV Drug

February 14, 2017 - According to an article published in MM&M, biopharma company Gilead Sciences will use some unconventional platforms – including Tumblr, Snapchat and dating sites – as part of their pharmaceutical marketing strategy for their HIV preventative treatment, Truvada.

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Interim Results for Lewy Body Dementia Drug Could Pave the Way for Phase III Clinical Trial

February 14, 2017 - So far, 11 patients have been treated with nelotanserin, and patients showed statistically significant improvements in extrapyramidal signs – such as tremor – compared to the placebo.

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Vasectomy Alternative: Male Contraceptive Gel Proves Effective in Animal Models

February 13, 2017 - A company known as Revolution Contraceptives have developed a male non-hormonal contraceptive gel, named Vasalgel.

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FDA Approves Corticosteroid Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

February 13, 2017 - Just months after Sarepta Therapeutics’ Exondys 51 became the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the agency has approved Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ Emflaza (deflazacort).

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Over 150 Biotech Executives Sign Letter Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

February 10, 2017 - Their objection to the temporary ban centered on its potential impact on the drug development industry, with the authors stating that the US is currently the world leader in pharmaceutical innovation.

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Researchers Decode Quinoa Genome

February 10, 2017 - In a recent article published in the journal, Nature, researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have reported on the first high-quality sequence of the Chenopodium quinoa genome.

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Clinical Trial on Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Screening Using 3D Mammography

February 9, 2017 - The Breast Health Center in Ottawa, Canada, is the latest site to join the lead-in to the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST).

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Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Heart Attack Death

February 9, 2017 - February is American Heart Month, and according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, leaving severe obstructive sleep apnea untreated raises an individual’s risk of suffering a fatal heart attack.

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Mobile App for Opioid Addiction to Support Patient Detoxification

February 8, 2017 - To help support patients undergoing opioid detoxification, researchers at Boston University School of Public Health are developing a multifunctional smartphone app.

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Newborn Screening System for Rare Diseases Gets FDA Green Light

February 8, 2017 - Pediatric testing company, Baebies, has announced that their newborn screening platform has received marketing clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Late- Stage ALS Patients to Communicate

February 7, 2017 - Researchers at The Wyss Center at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, have found that a non-invasive brain-computer interface could facilitate communication for patients with ALS.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo Immunotherapy Receives FDA Approval for Bladder Cancer

February 7, 2017 - Bristol-Myers Squibb’s immuno-oncology drug, Opdivo, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat patients with a common form of bladder cancer, known as urothelial carcinoma.

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Amgen’s Repatha Cholesterol Drug Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Clinical Trial

February 6, 2017 - Initial results from Amgen’s FOURIER clinical trial show that Repatha reduces the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with heart disease.

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Abbott Receives FDA Authorization for Blood Test to Detect Zika Virus

February 6, 2017 - According to the company, this is the first commercial molecular test to be authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect Zika in whole blood samples.

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Trump’s Plans for Pharma Industry Gain Support of CEOs

February 3, 2017 - On Tuesday, Trump met with pharmaceutical industry leaders where he vowed to reduce regulations, expedite US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals and get drugmakers to start manufacturing their products on US soil.

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Guinness to Begin Brewing in the US

February 3, 2017 - The new plant will be the first US facility to brew the brand’s beers in over 60 years.

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Japanese Asthma Drug Could Be Effective Treatment for Alcoholism

February 2, 2017 - A new study conducted by researchers at UCLA, has found that an asthma medication which is only approved in Japan could be an effective treatment option for patients struggling with alcoholism.

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Despite Cleaning, Bacterial Biofilms Remain Within Colonoscopes

February 2, 2017 - Colonoscopes and other gastrointestinal devices are rigorously cleaned between procedures, however a new study has found that these practices may not be enough to remove contaminants such as bacteria and other biological material.

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Online Database for Cancer Genomics to Help Clinicians

February 1, 2017 - As researchers continue to identify genetic mutations which may be implicated in the development of cancer, the need for a genomics database to organize all of this information is becoming more pressing.

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Amgen’s Humira Biosimilar Recommended for EMA Approval

February 1, 2017 - An advisory committee to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recently recommended the approval of Amgen’s biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira.

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Multiple Infections During Infanthood Associated with Shorter DNA Telomeres in Adults

January 31, 2017 - Compared to adults who were healthier during infancy, those who experienced multiple infections have shorter DNA telomeres in adulthood.

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AstraZeneca’s Asthma Drug Receives Expanded Indication from FDA

January 31, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AstraZeneca’s Symbicort (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) for control of asthma in pediatric patients aged six to 12.

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Canadian Government to Update Food Safety Regulations

January 30, 2017 - The new rules – known as the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations – will be available for public comment for the next 90 days.

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Kaléo Pharma’s EpiPen Alternative Launched with Expensive List Price

January 30, 2017 - Much to the dismay of insurers and pharmacy benefit managers, Kaléo Pharma has announced that the list price for a two-pack of its EpiPen alternative auto-injectors will be set at $4,500.

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CAR-T Cell Therapy Shows Lasting Results in Two Pediatric Patients

January 27, 2017 - While Cellectis’ immunotherapy agent is now being tested in clinical trials involving both children and adult patients, the two infant girls were the first to receive the treatment back in 2015.

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PhRMA Launches New Ad Campaign to Improve Biopharma’s Image

January 26, 2017 - Pharmaceutical industry trade group, PhRMA, has unveiled a new multimillion-dollar ad campaign named GoBoldly.

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FDA Report Presents Case Studies on Clinical Trial Failures

January 27, 2017 - The report was meant to highlight the challenges associated with drug development, and the importance of the multistage drug approval process put in place by the FDA.

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AbbVie’s Anti-Tau Antibody Enters Phase II Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease

January 26, 2017 - AbbVie has commenced two Phase II clinical trials for the company’s investigational anti-tau antibody, ABBV- 8E12.

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Ebola Blood Biomarker Could Help Healthcare Workers Predict Patient Outcomes

January 25, 2017 - A team of researchers at the University of Liverpool have identified a transcriptomic biomarker in the blood of patients infected with the Ebola virus, which may be a predictor of survival.

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EarlySense Patient Monitoring System Saw 40 Percent Increase in Adoption in 2016

January 25, 2017 - In 2016, adoption of the EarlySense continuous medical monitoring system increased by almost 40 percent, to include over 105 clinical care areas around the world.

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Asthma Misdiagnosis Could Mean Many are Unnecessarily Medicated

January 24, 2017 - Though asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions around the world, a new study suggests it may be overdiagnosed.

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Small Study Finds Fecal Transplant May Benefit Patients with Autism

January 24, 2017 - Researchers at Ohio State University have found that fecal transplants reduced some of the symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress, as well as behavioral traits associated with autism.

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Soft Robotic Medical Device to Benefit Patients with Heart Failure

January 23, 2017 - A soft robotic sleeve which supports contraction of the heart muscle has been developed by researchers at Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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USDA to Fund Research to Combat Citrus Greening Disease

January 23, 2017 - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a $13.6 million investment in research on citrus greening disease – also known as Huanglongbing (HLB).

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Protein Protects Against Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

January 20, 2017 - Researchers at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), have discovered that the CPEB4 protein is able to prevent the over-accumulation of fat in liver cells, known as hepatocytes.

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FDA Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Interchangeability Sets High Standard

January 20, 2017 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released some much-anticipated draft guidance on biosimilar interchangeability with its reference product.

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Statins and Diabetes: Despite Potential Link, Doctors Still Agree On Cholesterol- Lowering Effectiveness

January 19, 2017 - A commentary published in The American Journal of Medicine, has attempted to address the possible link between statins – a class of cholesterol-lowing drugs – and diabetes.

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Heart CT Scans Support Personalized Medicine for Patients with Prehypertension

January 19, 2017 - Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that heart CT scans can help physicians determine whether patients who fall within a so- called “gray-zone” of blood pressure readings could benefit from medication.

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Celyad CAR-T Clinical Trial for Solid Tumors Underway

January 18, 2017 - In an effort to apply CAR-T immunotherapy to treat solid tumors, biotech company Celyad has started to enroll patients in its Phase Ib THINK clinical trial.

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Allergan Plans to Submit to FDA After Positive Clinical Trial Results for Uterine Fibroid Drug

January 18, 2017 - Yesterday, global pharmaceutical company Allergan released positive Phase III clinical trial results for the company’s experimental treatment for uterine fibroids.

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Brain-on-a-Chip Mimics Connectivity Between Neurons

January 17, 2017 - Researchers at Harvard University have developed an in vitro brain-on-a-chip capable of modeling the connectivity between different neurons found in distinct areas of the brain.

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Epigenetic Modification Implicated in Some Adult Cancers

January 17, 2017 - Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified an epigenetic modification which could contribute to 15 percent of all adult cases of throat cancer.

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Generic EpiPen Hits CVS Shelves at Just Over $100 for Two- Pack

January 16, 2017 - US pharmacy chain CVS has begun selling a generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen for about one sixth the price of the branded medicine.

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FDA Guidance on Biosimilar Naming to Support Pharmacovigilance

January 16, 2017 - After much speculation and debate, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released guidance for biologic and biosimilar product naming conventions.

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New HPV-Triggered Subtype of Cervical Cancer Discovered

January 13, 2017 - Researchers at the University of South Carolina have identified a new subtype of cervical cancer that has a unique association with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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Merck Files FDA Application for Keytruda/Chemotherapy Combo for Lung Cancer

January 13, 2017 - This week, Merck submitted a supplemental Biologics License Application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a drug combining Keytruda and chemotherapy for the treatment of metastatic or advanced non- squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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Second Phase III Clinical Trial for Valeant’s Psoriasis Drug Reports Positive Results

January 12, 2017 - Valeant Pharmaceuticals has announced positive results from their second pivotal Phase III clinical trial for their plaque psoriasis topical, IDP- 118.

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Roche’s Multiple Sclerosis Drug Shows Positive Results in Several Clinical Trials

January 12, 2017 - Three clinical trials have found that Roche’s multiple sclerosis (MS) drug, ocrelizumab, was associated with lower rates of disease progression in patients with progressive MS, and relapsing remitting MS.

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BRCA2-Associated Prostate Cancer Primed to be Aggressive Before Treatment

January 11, 2017 - A new study published in the journal, Nature Communications, has provided a potential explanation as to why men with an inheritable BRCA2 gene mutation tend to develop more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, which are difficult to treat.

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Humana and Boehringer Ingelheim Report New Findings on COPD Medication Adherence

January 10, 2017 - Healthcare insurance company, Humana, and global pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim, have found an association between medication adherence to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatments and other chronic disease drugs.

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Novo Nordisk and Glooko Partner to Improve Diabetes Management

January 10, 2017 - Danish diabetes drugmaker, Novo Nordisk, has partnered with mHealth company, Glooko, to develop patient-centric apps for better diabetes management.

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PVP Biologics Scores Support from Takeda for Celiac Disease Treatment

January 9, 2017 - Takeda Pharmaceuticals and PvP Biologics have entered into a global agreement to co-develop an enzyme – called KumaMax – designed to help treat patients with celiac disease.

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Guardant Health to Develop 500- Plus-Gene Liquid Biopsy to Support Drug Development

January 9, 2017 - Genomic testing company, Guardant Health, has announced that it will develop a liquid biopsy panel comprised of over 500 genes to support both cancer drug development and clinical trials.

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Genomics Company Human Longevity Names New CEO

January 6, 2017 - Co- founder and CEO of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), J. Craig Venter, made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that he would be stepping down as head of the genomics company.

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Your Immune System is Written in Your Genes

January 6, 2017 - According to researchers at King’s College London, almost three quarters of a person’s immune traits are governed by their genetic information.

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New Therapy for Rare Spinal Muscular Atrophy Receives FDA Approval

January 5, 2017 - The drug is the first to be approved to treat the rare genetic disease in both adults and children.

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Obama Administration Releases New Rules to Stop Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing

January 5, 2017 - The Obama Administration has launched a new initiative, known as the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, designed to prevent the importation of illegally fished seafood and mislabeled fish.

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Stable Synthetic Stem Cells Could Reduce Risks and Improve Benefits

January 4, 2017 - Synthetic cardiac stem cells have been developed by researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University, in collaboration with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University.

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Fluorescent Skin Dye Offers Temporary Option for Skin Cancer Management

January 4, 2017 - A team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a novel fluorescent ink to temporarily tag the skin cancer lesion.

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Anticholinergic Medication Use May Increase Hospital Visits

January 3, 2017 - A study conducted at Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Indiana University (IU) Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Regenstrief Institute, has found that older adults taking anticholinergic medications may visit the hospital more often.

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Localized Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Best Practice for Glioblastoma

January 3, 2017 - John Hopkins University researchers have found that localized chemotherapy – as opposed to systemic treatment – could help preserve immune system function when immunotherapy will also be used to treat glioblastoma.

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FDA Allows Pfizer’s Chantix to Drop Black Box Warning

December 22, 2016 - Based on the results of an 8,144 patient post-marketing study of the drug, the regulator has approved the removal of a black box warning from the product’s packaging.

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First Oral Salmonella Vaccine Tested in Mice

December 22, 2016 - Now, researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, have developed an oral vaccine for salmonella poisoning.

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Light Therapy Clinical Trial Shows Efficacy for Prostate Cancer

December 21, 2016 - Vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP) may be an effective treatment for low- risk prostate cancer, according to a recent phase III clinical trial led by researchers at University College London.

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Female Physicians Associated with Better Patient Outcomes

December 21, 2016 - A cross-sectional study has found that elderly patients treated by female physicians faced lower mortality and reduced rates of readmission, compared to those seen by male doctors.

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Four CRISPR Companies Reach Agreement in Patent Case

December 20, 2016 - Four companies focusing on CRISPR gene editing have agreed to form an intellectual property (IP) alliance.

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Pfizer Launches App for Patients with Depression

December 20, 2016 - Drugmakers are gradually breaking into the popular health app space, with big pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, launching its mood tracking app for people with depression.

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Mylan Launches Generic EpiPen Priced at $300 for a Two- Pack

December 19, 2016 - In an attempt to quell some of the drug pricing outrage that has surrounded the EpiPen, Mylan has released the first authorized generic of the device, priced at $300 for a two-pack of epinephrine injectors.

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USDA Changes to Date Labeling Aims to Reduce Food Waste

December 19, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), has updated its guidance on date labeling to help food manufacturers reduce unnecessary waste.

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Pfizer’s Eczema Drug Gains FDA Approval

December 16, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pfizer’s Eucrisa (crisaborole), a novel treatment for mild to moderate atopic dermatitis – also known as eczema.

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FDA Finds Sanofi and Celgene DTC Ads are Misleading

December 16, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified two direct-to- consumer (DTC) ads for prescription drugs, which it believes misleads consumers in regards to the safety of the medications.

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Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act Into Law

December 15, 2016 - This week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act – a bill that promises additional funding for cancer research and opioid addiction prevention – into law.

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Metered Dose Inhaler with Wireless Connectivity to Track Medication Adherence

December 15, 2016 - Medical device manufacturer, H&T Presspart, and medtech firm, Cohero Health have launched the first connected metered dose inhaler (eMDI) to track – and potentially improve – medication adherence in patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Sweden Joins Campaign for Post-Brexit Host of EMA

December 14, 2016 - Last week, the Swedish government joined the competition to become the new host country of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Gene Mutation Associated With Intracranial Aneurysm Identified

December 14, 2016 - Researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, have identified a genetic mutation in the THSD1 gene which has been associated with intracranial aneurysms.

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Ibuprofen Use Associated with Reduced Risk of Death from Lung Cancer Among Smokers

December 13, 2016 - Ibuprofen is a commonly-used nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief, however new research suggests that it may also be beneficial to current and former smokers.

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Biogen Releases Clinical Trial Data for Alzheimer’s Drug at CTAD Meeting

December 13, 2016 - Biotech company, Biogen, presented more positive data for its experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug, aducanumab, at the 9th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease (CTAD) meeting.

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Former Insys Therapeutics Executives Charged in Fentanyl Pushing Scheme

December 12, 2016 - While the opioid drug is only approved for the treatment of cancer pain, the executives are accused of paying doctors to prescribe the drug for other, unapproved indications.

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Early Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology Identified in Brain Tissue

December 12, 2016 - While the research could be valuable in the development of new Alzheimer’s therapies, it could also help pathologists with post- mortem diagnosis of the disease.

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Your Blood Transfusion Could Be Arriving By Drone

December 9, 2016 - As long as the biological material is packaged in a temperature-controlled container – like a cooler – the researchers say that drones could be used to quickly and safety deliver blood to remote hospitals, and even accident sites.

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Slow Aging Pathway Associated with Development of Brain Cancer

December 9, 2016 - A metabolic pathway associated with slower aging – known as the NAD+ pathway – has now been implicated in the development of brain cancer.

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Pfizer Fined Nearly £90 Million for Epilepsy Drug Price Hike in UK

December 8, 2016 - Yesterday, pharmaceutical company Pfizer, and their UK distributer, Flynn Pharma, were fined £89.4 million by British regulators in response to the increasing cost of an epilepsy drug.

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Diagnosing Concussions Based on High- Resolution Brain Imaging and Machine Learning

December 8, 2016 - According to Canadian researchers, high-resolution brain scans could be paired with machine learning algorithms to improve the diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury.

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New Clinical Guidelines Recommend NAFLD Screening for Obese Children

December 7, 2016 - New clinical practice guidelines developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), suggest that obese children between the ages of nine and 11 should be screened for non- alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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Could Electromagnetic Treatment Reverse Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients?

December 7, 2016 - A medical device which provides transcranial electromagnetic treatment (TEMT) to the brain, is being investigated in a new clinical trial involving patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

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FDA Approves Jardiance for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

December 6, 2016 - In light of new evidence, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Boehringer Ingelheim’s cardiovascular drug, Jardiance.

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Blood Glucose Testing For Diabetes Management Could Be Replaced By Breathalyzer

December 6, 2016 - Now, researchers at Western New England University have developed a way of measuring breath acetone concentration using a cost-effective, portable medical device.

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Nestlé To Reduce Added Sugars in Chocolate, Without Compromising Taste

December 5, 2016 - According to Nestlé, maker of Kit Kats and Aeros, their scientists have developed a way to restructure the sugar molecules, allowing them to dissolve more quickly to give an equivalent level of sweetness to the products.

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New Link Found Between Parkinson’s Disease and Microbiome

December 5, 2016 - The research – which was published in the journal, Cell – could eventually lead to the development of targeted antibiotics, or replenishing probiotics, aimed at treating the movement disorder.

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CAR-T Win: Bluebird Bio Announces Positive Phase I Clinical Trial Results

December 2, 2016 - Earlier this week, biotech company bluebird bio released positive interim results from their Phase I clinical trial of CAR-T immunotherapy, in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

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US House of Representatives Passes 21st Century Cures Act

December 2, 2016 - In a 392 to 26 vote, the US House of Representatives have voted to pass the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Synthetic Human Tissue to Advance Personalized Medicine

December 1, 2016 - The technique could help researchers understand why some drugs are effective in some, but not in others, to drive drug innovation and improvement for more personalized treatments.

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Eli Lilly’s Trulicity App Seeks to Improve Medication Adherence

December 1, 2016 - Pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly, launched a free-to- download app in March for their type 2 diabetes drug, Trulicity.

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How Will the Trump Presidency Affect Pharmaceutical Marketing?

November 30, 2016 - Donald Trump’s election win could have significant effects on the pharmaceutical industry, but whether these changes will be good or bad has yet to be seen.

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Smart Patch Delivers Anticoagulants in Response to Blood Thrombin Levels

November 30, 2016 - Researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, have developed a smart sensing patch which can automatically release blood thinners – such as heparin – in response to rising blood clotting factor levels.

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More Patient Deaths Put Hold on Juno’s CAR-T Immunotherapy Clinical Trial

November 29, 2016 - The Phase II clinical trial of Juno’s JCAR015 – named ROCKET – was voluntarily placed on hold following the adverse events.

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Canadian Government Invests Millions in Stem Cell Research Projects

November 29, 2016 - This funding will be used to support 31 projects and clinical trials being conducted across Canada.

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Unnecessary Caesareans: How Healthcare Professionals are Advocating for Change

November 28, 2016 - As a result of the risks associated with giving birth by caesarean, health practitioners are working towards reducing this practice as much as possible.

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Point-of-Care HIV Diagnostic on a USB Stick

November 28, 2016 - The disposable point-of- care device – which can be plugged into a computer to view test results – could help HIV patients monitor the effectiveness of their treatment.

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Electronic Tattoo to Monitor Vital Signs Through Skin

November 25, 2016 - As a medical monitoring device, the skin patch could help physicians diagnose an irregular heartbeat.

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Brexit to Affect Cost of Mr. Kipling Cakes in UK

November 25, 2016 - According to Gavin Darby, CEO of Premier Foods, the British food manufacturer has already been in talks with retailers about the impending cost increases.

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Atrial Fibrillation Raises Dementia Risk

November 24, 2016 - The researchers compared patients with atrial fibrillation with those who did not suffer from the condition, and found that the former patients were between two and three times more likely to develop dementia in their lives.

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Cell-Collecting Sponge Could Replace Endoscopies for Esophageal Cancer

November 24, 2016 - The test could see the most clinical utility in assessing patients with Barrett’s esophagus, a condition resulting in cell damage due to recurrent acid reflux.

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What Is The Role Of The Spleen In Anxiety And Stress?

November 23, 2016 - The findings suggest that an excess of white blood cells in the spleen may be sending behavior-altering messages to brain for a long period of time after mice experience stress.

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Not Just A Cancer Treatment: Immunotherapy Could Be Effective Against HIV

November 23, 2016 - By injecting a broadly neutralizing HIV antibody (bNAb), known as VRC01, into patients with chronic HIV infections, the researchers found that the time to HIV viral rebound was moderately delayed.

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Frozen Foods Sector Sees Clean Label Overhaul

November 22, 2016 - Consumers are increasingly paying attention to ingredients lists, and turning to products with a shorter, simpler label.

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Increasing Skin Permeability to Improve Drug Delivery

November 22, 2016 - Researchers from Shizuoka University in Japan have developed a method using atmospheric microplasma to disrupt this impermeable layer of the skin.

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Gluten-Free Diet Does Not Provide Benefit for All Children with Celiac Disease

November 21, 2016 - According to the study authors, symptoms and results from lab tests are not predictive of which patients will experience persistent celiac enteropathy.

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Opioid Overdose Antidote Enantiomer Could Prevent Pre-Term Birth

November 21, 2016 - The research – which was published in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports – provides a more in-depth understanding of the inflammatory response that can lead to premature labour.

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Merck to Combine Keytruda and Genexine Vaccine in HPV Cancer Clinical Trial

November 18, 2016 - The company plans to combine Keytruda with a Genexine-developed vaccine to determine whether the combo is effective against certain types of cervical cancer.

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Social Media Network for Heart Failure Patients in Development by Novartis

November 18, 2016 - Earlier this month, Novartis Pharmaceutical launched a social media community aimed at bringing heart failure patients and their caregivers together.

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First-In-Human Study Using CRISPR Gene Editing

November 17, 2016 - A group of researchers at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, have become the first to inject CRISPR gene-edited cells into a human patient.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnostic Receives FDA Approval

November 17, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Inova Diagnostics’ assay, QUANTA Lite Calprotectin Extended Range, to help physicians diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Celebrex Has Similar Risk Profile to Other NSAIDs, Could Be Sold Over- The-Counter

November 16, 2016 - Pfizer’s recently- completed PRECISION study aimed to compare the risk profile of its painkiller, Celebrex, with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen and naproxen.

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Cholesterol-Lowering Biologic Shows Promise in Early-Stage Clinical Trial

November 16, 2016 - Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania has found that a new injectable biologic drug may be effective at reducing triglyceride levels.

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Statins Could Reduce Mortality in Some Patients with Arthritis

November 15, 2016 - While statins are commonly used as cholesterol lowering agents in those at risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests that they could also be beneficial to some patients with arthritis.

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New Screening Test Identifies Drugs Effective Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

November 15, 2016 - To help identify drugs which may be effective against bacterial infections which are impervious to traditional antibiotics, researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical Center, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have developed a new drug-screening assay.

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Inovio’s DNA-Based Zika Vaccine Shows Promise In Preclinical Study

November 14, 2016 - Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. is making swift progress in the development of a vaccine to prevent against Zika virus infection.

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Cognition Therapeutics Initiates Phase Ib Clinical Trial for Alzheimer’s Drug

November 14, 2016 - The first Alzheimer’s patient has been dosed with an experimental small molecule drug in Cognition Therapeutics’ Phase Ib clinical trial.

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FDA Looks Into Social Media Marketing of Drugs

November 11, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires pharmaceutical marketers to mention both the benefits and the risks of a given drug in direct-to-consumer advertisements and other types of promotion.

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Cataloguing Genetic Variants to Predict Disease

November 11, 2016 - Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a rapid, inexpensive technique to create DNA fragments representing all possible variations in a gene.

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High Blood Pressure Identified As Biomarker for PTSD Drug Response

November 10, 2016 - New findings suggest that soldiers with high blood pressure before taking medication for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may respond better to the treatment.

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Lab-Grown Lungs Survive Transplant into Mice

November 10, 2016 - Lab-grown lungs could help researchers develop more effective therapeutics to treat lung cancer, among other lung diseases, by providing an accurate model with which to screen drug candidates.

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Food Additive Could Contribute To Development of Colon Cancer

November 9, 2016 - A new study conducted by researchers at Georgia State University’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences, has found that these emulsifiers have a detrimental effect on bacteria found in the intestine, thereby promoting inflammation and potentially leading to the development of colon cancer.

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Antibody Could Protect Fetus against Damaging Effects of Zika Virus

November 9, 2016 - Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, have identified a naturally-occurring human antibody which could protect the developing fetus from birth defects caused by the Zika virus.

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Cempra’s Antibiotic Drug Close To Receiving FDA Approval

November 8, 2016 - An independent advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has voted 7-6 that the regulatory agency should approve Cempra’s antibiotic drug, solithromycin.

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UK Scientists Apply for Clearance for Genetically Modified Wheat Trial

November 8, 2016 - The UK, along with much of Europe, has traditionally taken a tougher stance on genetically modified crops, compared to the US.

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Some Immuno-Oncology Drugs Carry Risk of Rare Heart Damage

November 7, 2016 - Two weeks after beginning treatment with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo and Yervoy immuno-oncology drug combo, two melanoma patients died as a result of myocarditis.

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Celgene and IBM to Launch Drug Safety Program

November 7, 2016 - The initiative – called IBM Watson for Patient Safety – will automatically collect, organize and analyze large amounts of data generated during, and after, drug development.

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9 Out Of 10 US Doctors Willing To Prescribe Biosimilars

November 4, 2016 - Ninety-one percent of US physicians would be willing to prescribe a biosimilar over its branded biologic, given the right circumstances.

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New Lower-Cost Diagnostic Test for Cystic Fibrosis

November 4, 2016 - The diagnostic uses a fluorescent dye to allow clinicians to detect high levels of chloride, which could be indicative of cystic fibrosis.

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Combination Therapy Could Be Effective Against Ovarian Cancer

November 3, 2016 - According to the study authors, the triple drug combination therapy could be an effective treatment option for patients whose cancer has developed resistance to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments.

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Researchers Identify Mechanism Behind Skin Fibrosis in Scleroderma

November 3, 2016 - Researchers at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City have discovered a potentially causative mechanism behind scleroderma-associated fibrosis.

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Pfizer Discontinues Development of PCSK9 Inhibitor

November 2, 2016 - The company sites weak data and changes in the cholesterol-lowering drugs market, as the main reasons behind their decision to discontinue the development program.

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Nicotinamide Mononucleotide Reduces Age-Related Health Decline in Mice

November 2, 2016 - These researchers found that NMN was able to reduce multiple signs of aging, including weight gain, diminished physical activity and loss of insulin sensitivity.

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Medical Device for Stroke Prevention Approved By FDA

November 1, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a medical device – called the Amplatzer PFO Occluder – for the prevention of recurrent strokes in select patients.

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Canadian Cancer Society to Incorporate Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

November 1, 2016 - In an effort to have a larger impact on cancer research and provide support for patients, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will merge into one organization.

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Preventing Postoperative Opioid Addiction through Better Pain Management

October 31, 2016 - A team at the University of Michigan are addressing the US opioid epidemic by looking for ways to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions, both before and after surgery.

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Medical Device Reduces Need for Medication to Treat COPD

October 31, 2016 - The Aerobika medical device – marketed by Trudell Medical International (TMI) – was able to reduce antibiotic and oral corticosteroid use by 57 and 89 percent, respectively, when combined with the standard COPD treatment.

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New Self-Sealing Needle Prevents Blood Loss in Those with Bleeding Disorders

October 28, 2016 - Researchers in Korea have developed a novel biodegradable polymer, which can be used to coat the needle and effectively seal an injection site.

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BioBeats Transitions from Stress App to Well-Being Platform

October 28, 2016 - UK-based digital health company, BioBeats, is making changes to their stress monitoring app to accommodate for other factors of well- being.

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EpiPen Alternative Could Hit Pharmacy Shelves Next Year

October 27, 2016 - While Mylan’s controversial EpiPen currently holds significant market share, the medical device is about to face some stiff competition.

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Internet of Things Food Safety System Launched To Wirelessly Monitor Food Temperature

October 27, 2016 - Telecommunications company, TELUS, has joined with Internet of Things (IoT) tech firm, Digi International, to offer automated monitoring of food temperature to Canadian food companies.

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Noninvasive Genetic Prenatal Testing Possible Using Rare Fetal Cells

October 26, 2016 - Rare fetal cells which can be isolated from a pregnant woman’s blood sample, could be used to develop noninvasive genetic prenatal tests.

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World’s Largest Study on Sleep Apnea Suggests Apps Improve Patient Adherence

October 26, 2016 - According to the results of a 128,000- patient study conducted by ResMed, sleep apnea patients who use a self-management app in conjunction with positive airway pressure (PAP) are more likely to adhere to their therapy.

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Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Could Delay Treatment In Favour Of Disease Monitoring

October 25, 2016 - A new report found that over half of the 32,518 Swedish men diagnosed with prostate cancer over a five-year period, chose to monitor their disease as opposed to opting for radiation therapy or surgery.

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Biscayne Pharmaceuticals Posts Preclinical Study Data for Antiepileptic Drug

October 25, 2016 - Biscayne Pharmaceuticals have reported that their antiepileptic compound, BIS-001, was able to eliminate seizures in most animal models of a form of the disorder known as Dravet syndrome.

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NICE Changes Stance on Kidney Cancer Immunotherapy, Opdivo

October 24, 2016 - UK pharmaceutical cost regulator, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has reversed its previous decision and announced it supports the use of Opdivo (nivolumab) as a cost- effective treatment option for patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.

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Structure of Cannabinoid Receptor Elucidated In New Study

October 24, 2016 - While researchers have long known that one of the active component in cannabis – known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, the mechanisms behind this interaction were previously unknown.

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Doctors Should Push HPV Vaccine for Cancer Prevention, Says CDC

October 21, 2016 - To increase the number of kids getting vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging doctors to emphasize the shot as a form of cancer prevention, rather than STD protection.

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma Drug Gets FDA Accelerated Approval

October 21, 2016 - Eli Lilly’s Lartruvo (olaratumab) has received accelerated approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the treatment of select types of soft tissue sarcoma.

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Study Finds Most People Don’t Read Pharmaceutical Risk Disclosures

October 20, 2016 - Despite the fact that consumers claim to read the risk disclosures on websites for branded pharmaceuticals, research conducted at the University of Tennessee suggests that this isn’t always true.

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FDA Approves First Anti-PDL1 Cancer Immunotherapy for Metastatic Lung Cancer

October 20, 2016 - Roche’s biotechnology division, Genentech, has just received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for their non-small cell lung cancer drug, Tecentriq (atezolizumab).

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Studying the Risks and Benefits of Using Surgical Mesh for Hernia Repair

October 19, 2016 - According to a study conducted by researchers in Denmark, while the use of surgical mesh as a medical device for hernia repair has been associated with a lower risk of recurrence, these benefits also come with a risk of long-term mesh- related complications.

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Clinical Trial Results Released For Herpes Vaccine

October 19, 2016 - Biotech company, Rational Vaccines has released promising data from their Phase I human clinical trial testing their Herpes vaccine candidate, Theravax.

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PepsiCo to Reduce Sugar in Over 60 Percent of Soft Drinks

October 18, 2016 - Its target is to reformulate at least two thirds of its soft drinks by 2025, so that they have less than 100 calories from added sugar per 12 oz. can.

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Regeneron and Teva Face FDA Hold On Chronic Pain Clinical Trial

October 18, 2016 - Yesterday, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals and their partner Regeneron, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put their Phase IIb clinical trial for a chronic pain medication on hold.

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Unvaccinated Adults Place $7 Billion Burden on US Healthcare System

October 17, 2016 - According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, in 2015 the US economy spent $8.95 billion treating vaccine- preventable diseases in adults.

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Cholesterol Deprivation Kills Brain Cancer Cells

October 17, 2016 - A new study has found that preventing brain cancer cells from importing cholesterol from surrounding healthy cells, induces tumor cell death and regression.

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US Hospitals Also Affected By High Drug Costs

October 14, 2016 - Hospitals have now joined consumer groups and health insurance companies in urging the US government to take a stand on prescription drug pricing.

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Image-Guided Cryoablation Could Improve Effectiveness of Cancer Immunotherapy

October 14, 2016 - Dr. Jason Williams, a medical doctor with Image Guided Cancer Specialist, has developed a method of delivering immunotherapy cancer drugs directly into tumors using image-guided cryoablation.

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Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Gains FDA Approval

October 13, 2016 - This latest version of the influenza vaccine protects against three of the same strains found in the previous trivalent Flublok, in addition to a fourth B strain of the virus.

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Exelixis Presents Clinical Trial Results for Kidney Cancer Drug at ESMO

October 13, 2016 - According to data presented at this year’s European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) congress, Exelixis’ kidney cancer drug reduced the rate of disease progression or death in patients in a Phase II clinical trial, by 31 percent.

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Infection Risk With Exposure To Hospital Bed Previously Occupied By Antibiotic-Treated Patient

October 12, 2016 - Patients taking antibiotics face a greater risk of developing a Clostridium difficile infection, but a new study suggests that this might not be the only risk factor.

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Clinical Trial Assesses Bioavailability Of New Form Of Vitamin B3

October 12, 2016 - The compound was found to be safe and effective as it boosts cellular levels of NAD+, thereby increasing energy production and protecting against oxidative stress and DNA damage.

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Male Children Conceived Via IVF Could Experience Fertility Problems Later In Life

October 11, 2016 - Men conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may have more fertility problems related to sperm quality and quantity, compared to naturally- conceived males.

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Farmed Salmon Has Half The Omega-3s It Did Five Years Ago

October 11, 2016 - While the news is worrying, the researchers say that farmed salmon is still one of the best sources of the essential nutrient.

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Human Life Expectancy Might Be Capped At 115 Years, Say Einstein Researchers

October 7, 2016 - Though the average human lifespan has steadily increased in the past century thanks to improved healthcare among other factors, new research suggests that the oldest people on record have already reached our maximum life expectancy.

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Theranos Closes Labs, Focuses On New Medical Device

October 7, 2016 - In a surprising turn, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has announced the company will be shutting down clinical testing labs and consumer blood testing services, in order to focus on its recently- unveiled miniLab medical device.

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New Company Aims To Prevent Food Allergies In Children Through Exposure

October 6, 2016 - A new company, Before Brands, hoping to prevent food allergies in children before they develop, was launched yesterday with $13.1 million in funding from biotech and food companies alike.

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Blocking Free Radicals To Prevent Age-Related Disease

October 6, 2016 - Free radicals cause cellular damage, which has been implicated in many diseases associated with aging, however few truly effective treatments exist to prevent free radicals wreaking havoc on our bodies.

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Cempra Releases Promising Phase II Clinical Trial Results For Anti-NASH Drug

October 5, 2016 - Antibiotics developer Cempra Inc. has released positive interim results from a Phase II clinical trial for their drug, solithromycin, in the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

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Single-Handed Suturing Medical Device Developed By Mellon Medical

October 5, 2016 - The Switch medical device has a range of applications, from stitching-up blood vessels to closing incisions made in the skin, and could save surgeons considerable time in the operating room.

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Comorbidity Could Be Key To Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Failures

October 4, 2016 - Researchers estimate that up to 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients also have vascular cognitive impairment and dementia.

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All Pregnant Women In Thailand May Soon Get Zika Test

October 4, 2016 - According to Thailand’s health ministry, the country is considering implementing country-wide Zika virus testing for all pregnant women.

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Study Suggests Some NSAIDs Associated With Increased Risk Of Heart Failure

October 3, 2016 - According to researchers at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy, the use of certain nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has been linked to an increased risk of heart failure and hospitalization.

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Catabasis Joins Sarepta To Develop Combination Therapy For DMD

October 3, 2016 - The two companies have announced a joint research project aimed at testing a combination therapy for the rare disease.

FDA Approves First Artificial Pancreas Medical Device For Type 1 Diabetes

September 30, 2016 - This week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first artificial pancreas device, designed to automatically monitor glucose levels and administer insulin to patients with type 1 diabetes.

Exome Sequencing Could Improve Success Of Kidney Transplants

September 30, 2016 - Researchers at Weil Cornell Medicine in New York have developed a novel DNA-based scoring system to predict matches between kidney donors and recipients, thereby potentially improving transplant success.

First Three-Parent Baby Born As A Result Of New Fertility Technique

September 29, 2016 - Now five-months-old, the boy carries DNA from his mother, his father and a third egg donor.

Bioengineered Blood Vessels Continue To Grow After Implantation

September 29, 2016 - Biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota have successfully implanted artificial blood vessels capable of further growth, in young lambs.

Uber And Technology Startup Launch Hospital Transportation Pilot Program

September 28, 2016 - The pilot program will provide transportation to a select few hospitals in order to reduce the number of missed appointments for elderly, disabled and low-income patients.

Pfizer To Keep Branded And Generics Businesses Together

September 28, 2016 - After toying with the idea of separating their branded drugs and generics divisions, Pfizer has announced that it will remain one company.

Amgen’s Humira Biosimilar Gets FDA Green Light

September 27, 2016 - In a major win for Amgen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Amjevita (adalimumab-atto), a biosimilar of AbbVie’s Humira (adalimumab).

Drug Targeting Fat Synthesis In Cancer Cells Slows Tumor Growth

September 27, 2016 - All cells must synthesize their own fat molecules to support the construction of plasma membranes and other cellular structures, however cancer cells accelerate this process to maintain the rapid growth of tumors.

Bulk Of Organic Shoppers Are Millennials

September 26, 2016 - According to a new survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association, over 50 percent of organic shoppers are parents belonging to the millennial generation.

African Sleeping Sickness Could Be Transmitted Through Skin

September 26, 2016 - A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow's Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology and the Institut Pasteur in Paris, have discovered that African Trypanosomiasis – more commonly known as African sleeping sickness – can also be transmitted through the skin.

Post-Shkreli, Turing Pharmaceuticals Announces New Toxoplasmosis Drugs In Preclinical Development

September 23, 2016 - According to a press release issued on Wednesday, Turing Pharmaceuticals will be pushing several new drug candidates for toxoplasmosis into preclinical development.

UPDATE: FDA Commissioner Calls For Retraction Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Study

September 23, 2016 - Just days after Sarepta Therapeutics’ eteplirsen became the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the agency’s commissioner Dr. Robert Califf is calling for the drug study to be retracted.

New Evidence Suggests Nicotine Could Be Neuroprotective

September 22, 2016 - Though the negative health effects of smoking nicotine products have been well established, new research conducted at Texas A&M suggests that on its own, nicotine could be a neuroprotective agent for the aging brain.

Amgen’s Repatha Meets Primary And Secondary Endpoints In Phase III Clinical Trial

September 22, 2016 - Amgen’s PCSK9 inhibitor, Repatha met both its primary and secondary endpoints in a Phase III clinical trial testing the drug’s effects on coronary artery disease.

Bayer Seeks To Buy Monsanto in $66 Billion Deal

September 21, 2016 - Best known for the discovery of aspirin, Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto would make it the world’s largest seed and crop spray supplier.

Is Codeine Still The Best Choice For Pediatric Pain Management?

September 21, 2016 - The physician’s group is advising healthcare providers to stop prescribing codeine- based medication to children, and is looking to increase awareness of the risks of the drug in those under the age of 18.

Amid Controversy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Is Approved By FDA

September 20, 2016 - Benefitting from an accelerated approval, Sarepta Therapeutics’ Exondys 51 is the first drug to become available to patients with the disease.

New Study Supports Transposon Theory Of Aging

September 20, 2016 - A recent study has contributed further evidence that transposons – DNA elements capable of moving around the genome – could play a role in deteriorating health associated with advanced age.

Aliskiren Tug-of-War Between Data Monitoring Committee and Regulatory Authorities

September 16, 2016 - A study called ATMOSPHERE (Aliskiren Trial to Minimize Outcomes in Patients with Heart Failure), involved over 7,000 heart failure patients that were assigned to one of three experimental groups.

Will Pfizer's Potential Acquisition of Medivation Result in Lower Costs for Xtandi?

September 16, 2016 - The Pfizer acquisition is expected to be completed before 2017.

Kannalife Sciences in Conjunction With Catalent Pharma Solutions to Test Cannabidiol For Encephalopathy

September 15, 2016 - Studies still on track after surprising new ruling from DEA.

New Technology Allows Earlier Detection of Eye Disease

September 14, 2016 - Big data analysis detects tiny changes to find early stages of retinal disease.

Dual Phage/Antibiotic Therapy May Be a Way to Increase Longevity of Antibiotics

September 13, 2016 - Phage therapy generally works when bacterial receptor proteins recognize the phage and allow it to inject its genetic material and initiate the lytic cycle.

The Battle of the Biologics and Biosimilars Continues

September 12, 2016 - A major patent on Humira® may expire December 2016 and there is much debate over its renewal by the patent trial and appeal board.

Mechanism Behind Tumor Growth And Metastasis Revealed

September 9, 2016 - In the early stages of tumor formation, TGF-beta acts as an inhibitory compound by preventing cell division and inducing cell death.

Mandatory HPV Vaccination Should Be Paired With Opt-Out Option, Says Study

September 8, 2016 - There are currently two vaccines available – Merck’s Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix – which protect against the most common strains of the virus.

Could An Evolutionary Theory Explain Tissues’ Susceptibility to Cancer?

September 7, 2016 - Researchers suggest that natural selection may have played a role in the tissue types which are more susceptible to developing cancer.

Ultrasound Delivery Could Improve Efficacy Of Gene Therapy

September 6, 2016 - Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have used ultrasound and microbubbles to effectively deliver gene therapy into cells.

Antibiotic Use Linked to Type 1 Diabetes Risk in Animal Models

September 2, 2016 - As the gut microbiome begins to form, some studies suggest it could have a dampening effect on the immune system, preventing it from becoming overly sensitive.

Gene Therapy Drug May Show Promise In Treatment Of Huntington’s Disease

September 1, 2016 - A novel gene therapy drug developed by antibody company Vybion, has been shown to block cellular gene dysregulation and delay cognitive and motor problems associated with Huntington’s disease.

Eye Test Could Lead To Early Detection Of Parkinson’s Disease

August 31, 2016 - In addition to helping patients receive an early diagnosis, the technique could be used to monitor patient response to Parkinson’s treatment.

Brain Mapping Method Allows Neuroscientists To Track Individual Neurons

August 30, 2016 - A new brain mapping method used in the mouse brain, will allow neuroscientists to study the brain at the resolution of single neurons.

Heart Association On New Nutrition Facts Label And Added Sugars

August 29, 2016 - High consumption of sugar during childhood has been associated with health problems, including an increased risk of obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Wal-Mart’s Solution To Waste In The Food Industry

August 26, 2016 - The initiative represents just one of the steps being taken by the major retailer to reduce food waste.

New Study Suggests Strategies To Deal With High Cost Of Prescription Drugs

August 25, 2016 - A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, has examined the multiple factors that contribute to the high cost of prescription pharmaceuticals in the US, including the granting of government- protected monopolies and the constraints on price negotiations.

FDA Grants Fast Track To Eli Lilly And AstraZeneca’s Alzheimer’s Drug

August 24, 2016 - The drug – developed by Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca – is a beta secretase cleaving enzyme (BACE) inhibitor that is currently being assessed in Phase III clinical trials.

Pfizer To Acquire Medivation in $14 Billion Deal

August 23, 2016 - Medivation has accepted Pfizer’s $14 billion bid to acquire the company, after a months-long process involving other bidders.

Babyscripts Mobile App To Help Clinicians Deliver Improved Prenatal Care

August 22, 2016 - The Babyscripts app prompts patients to measure their blood pressure and weight at least once per week – data which is transmitted to the physician using Wi-Fi for remote monitoring.

Nanorobots Could Redefine Targeted Cancer Therapies

August 17, 2016 - These researchers have designed nanorobots capable of being injected into a patient’s bloodstream, and delivering a drug directly into cancerous cells.

CRISPR Gene Editing Could Be Used To Treat Sickle Cell Disease

August 16, 2016 - Researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital have pioneered the use of CRISPR gene editing as a therapeutic for sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.

NIH Permanently Closes Drug Production Facility For Clinical Trials

August 15, 2016 - A facility used to manufacture drugs for early-stage clinical trials has been shut down by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), after an inspection found problems with the plant’s aseptic production practices.

Microbiome Cancer Immunotherapy Project Aims To Improve Oncology Drugs

August 15, 2016 - A new class of microbiome-derived cancer immunotherapy agents to be used in combination with checkpoint inhibitor drugs, are set to be developed by Vedanta Biosciences and NYU Langone Medical Center.

Heron Gains FDA Approval For Antinausea Drug For Chemotherapy Patients

August 12, 2016 - After a nearly six year regulatory approval process, Heron Therapeutics has finally received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its long-acting antinausea drug, Sustol.

Chemical Used In Plastic Manufacturing Could Be Harmful To Fertility

August 12, 2016 - A chemical used in the production of plastic products – called bisphenol S (BPS) – could be just as harmful to reproductive health as its chemically-related compound, bisphenol A (BPA).

Emperra Launches First Bluetooth- Enabled Insulin Pen For Diabetes Management

August 11, 2016 - Germany’s Emperra GmbH is preparing to launch the world’s first insulin pen, capable of wirelessly transmitting information on insulin injections to an external blood glucose management device.

New Drug Could Treat Trio Of Deadly Parasitic Infectious Diseases

August 10, 2016 - A new proteasome inhibitor drug could effectively treat three parasitic infections including, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness.

Most Dormant HIV Particles Found To Be Highly Mutated And Harmless

August 10, 2016 - According to the study investigators, many of the latent HIV proviruses – or those whose genetic information has been incorporated into the DNA of the infected host – are heavily mutated and are unlikely to be harmful.

Biochip Blood Test Could Identify Those With An Increased Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 9, 2016 - A new blood test developed by researchers at Randox Laboratories could help identify patients who face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Small Study Of Novartis Asthma Drug Shows Promising Results

August 9, 2016 - The results – which were published in the journal, The Lancet Respiratory Medicine – suggest that the drug could lower inflammatory biomarkers more effectively when compared to the placebo.

Early-Stage Clinical Trial Of NIH Zika Vaccine To Commence

August 8, 2016 - A Phase I clinical trial of an investigational new Zika vaccine is being organized by a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), known as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Pediatric Clinical Trials Often Discontinued Before Completion, Says Study

August 8, 2016 - Despite an increased push by federal regulators to encourage sponsors to conduct more pediatric clinical trials, a new study published in the journal, Pediatrics, suggests that many of these clinical trials are abandoned before they’re completed and study data is left unpublished.

NHS Ordered To Cover Gilead’s HIV Drug In Court Ruling

August 5, 2016 - The pre- exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug – called Truvada – has a 92 percent success rate of preventing HIV infection in those individuals who are at-risk of being exposed to the virus.

Novartis’ Breast Cancer Drug Receives FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation

August 4, 2016 - Pharmaceutical company Novartis has received a coveted US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) breakthrough therapy designation for its breast cancer drug, LEE011 (ribociclib).

Oxford Researchers Aim To Improve Diagnosis of Pneumonia In Children

August 4, 2016 - To improve diagnosis of the potentially life- threatening illness, researchers at Oxford University are developing a less- expensive and easier diagnostic tool for clinicians.

Theranos Founder Announces New Blood Testing Device

August 3, 2016 - At the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) conference this week, Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes unveiled the details of a new blood testing device, called the miniLab.

Almost 800 Biomarkers Identified For Early Cancer Screening Program

August 3, 2016 - Researchers at the University of Sheffield have identified 788 blood biomarkers which could be used to identify cancer risk in the general population.

Teva And Allergan Finalize Generics Deal

August 2, 2016 - Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the $40.5 billion acquisition of Allergan’s generic drugs business by Israel-based company, Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Biological Mechanisms Involved In Wheat Sensitivity Explained

August 2, 2016 - Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found a possible explanation for why some people experience gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming wheat, even in the absence of a wheat allergy or celiac disease.

Sanofi’s Once-Daily Diabetes Drug Wins FDA Approval

July 29, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sanofi’s once-daily diabetes drug, Adlyxin (lixisenatide).

Three-Pronged Therapy Patch Designed To Treat Colorectal Cancer

July 29, 2016 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a triple combination patch using chemotherapy, gene therapy and light-based therapy to destroy colorectal cancer tumors.

Researchers Identify Multi-Action Drug Candidate For Type 2 Diabetes And Bone Disease

July 28, 2016 - Patients with type 2 diabetes face a significantly greater risk of bone fractures. Unfortunately, many drugs used to treat the condition further raise this risk – a side effect which limits the treatment options for postmenopausal diabetic women.

Could Red Meat Consumption Explain The Rise In Kidney Disease?

July 27, 2016 - Chronic kidney disease often leads to end-stage renal disease, which makes it necessary for patients to go on kidney dialysis while they wait for an organ transplant.

Dannon To Unveil Yogurt Made With Non-GMO Ingredients, New Transparent Labeling

July 26, 2016 - Dannon says their brands – including Danimals, Oikos and Dannon – will all eventually move towards the use of non-GMO ingredients.

Less Intense Exercise Could Be More Effective Prevention For Pre- Diabetes

July 25, 2016 - According to researchers at Duke Health, taking brisk walks on a regular basis may be more effective at improving glucose control compare to vigorous jogging.

First Vaccine For Chlamydia Developed By McMaster Researchers

July 22, 2016 - The widely protective vaccine is the first of its kind to treat the often- asymptomatic infection.

Update: FDA Panel Supports Approval Of Valeant’s Psoriasis Drug With Risk Management

July 21, 2016 - While the FDA has not officially approved the drug, the agency usually follows the advice of the advisory panel.

Vaccine For Alzheimer’s Disease Closer To Clinical Trials

July 20, 2016 - Researchers in the US and Australia have developed a vaccine formulation which targets two of the key proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease progression.

FDA Concerned As Experimental Psoriasis Drug Linked To Suicide Risk

July 19, 2016 - In advance of an advisory panel meeting, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released documents regarding the safety of an experimental psoriasis drug in development by Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Neuroprotective Compound Could Offer New Treatment For Huntington’s Disease

July 18, 2016 - A new treatment for Huntington’s disease could lie in a novel neuroprotective compound, identified as part of a multi-institutional study run out of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Ultragenyx Releases Positive Data From Phase III Rare Disease Clinical Trial

July 18, 2016 - California- based biotech, Ultragenyx, has posted broadly positive data from its late- stage clinical trial of the rare metabolic disorder, mucopolysaccharidosis 7 (MPS7).

Kite Pharma’s CAR-T Clinical Trial To Use Chemotherapy Drug Implicated In Patient Deaths

July 15, 2016 - In its upcoming clinical trial of their CAR-T therapy, Kite Pharma plans to use low- dose fludarabine as a preconditioning agent – a drug implicated in the death of three patients in a similar study conducted by Juno Therapeutics.

Boehringer Ingelheim To Develop Cancer Drugs Aimed At Degrading Proteins

July 15, 2016 - In collaboration with the researchers at the University of Dundee in Scotland, pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim will develop a new class of proteolytic cancer drugs.

Update: Juno’s CAR-T Clinical Trial To Resume After FDA Rescinds Clinical Hold

July 14, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the clinical hold on a study of Juno Therapeutics’ lead CAR-T therapy, which will allow the biotech company to resume enrollment.

Major Beer Manufacturers To Include Nutritional Information On Label

July 14, 2016 - The Beer Institute – an industry trade group that represents major brewers like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors – is urging its members to add nutritional information to their product labels.

New Drug For Postpartum Depression On The Horizon

July 13, 2016 - Biotech company Sage Therapeutics has announced that their experimental postpartum depression drug was able to relieve symptoms in 70 percent of patients.

Shire Receives Long-Awaited Approval For Dry Eye Drug

July 13, 2016 - Almost one year after being rejected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Shire’s dry eye disease drug, lifitegrast, has finally received regulatory approval.

GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca Form Brexit Task Force

July 12, 2016 - Two leading British pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, have created a task force aimed at dealing with the fallout of Brexit.

FDA Approves Medical Device For Monthly Injection Of PCSK9 Inhibitor

July 12, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new monthly, single dose medical device - called Pushtronex - for the infusion of the LDL cholesterol-lowering drug, Repatha.

FDA Stops Juno’s CAR-T Clinical Trial After Death Of 3 Patients

July 11, 2016 - Immunotherapy developer Juno Therapeutics, in compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has halted a clinical trial of an experimental CAR-T cell therapy after three patients died as a result of the treatment.

Theranos Founder Receives 2-Year Ban From Owning Blood- Testing Lab

July 11, 2016 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially banned Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes from owning or operating a blood testing laboratory, for a minimum two- year period.

Portable Sensor Detects Gluten In Foods For Those With Celiac Disease

July 8, 2016 - Since even small amounts of the protein can trigger serious reactions, how can someone be sure a menu item really is “gluten-free”?

Seres Therapeutics To Conduct First Clinical Trial Of Synthetic Microbiome Drug

July 8, 2016 - Microbiome therapeutics company Seres has announced it has started a Phase Ib clinical trial of its SER-262 oral microbiome therapy.

Sanofi Partners With US Army To Push Zika Vaccine Into Clinical Trials

July 7, 2016 - Global vaccines company Sanofi Pasteur has announced a partnership with the U.S. Army's Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) to co-develop a Zika vaccine candidate.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Biosimilar Marketing Rules

July 7, 2016 - Biosimilar drugmakers are required by law to give brand-name pharmaceutical companies six months’ notice before launching their copy on the market, ruled a federal appeals court.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Acquires Swedish Biotech, Cormorant Pharmaceuticals

July 6, 2016 - In a deal worth just over $500 million, US pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has entered into an agreement to buy Sweden’s Cormorant Pharmaceuticals.

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked To Autism and ADHD in Children

July 6, 2016 - While acetaminophen is generally regarded as one of the few painkillers safe for use during pregnancy, a new study suggests that the drug could be linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

General Mills Recalls Flour After E. coli Outbreak

July 5, 2016 - Consumers are being warned by both the FDA and the CDC not to consume any raw products containing flour, including cookie dough and cake batter.

Gut Bacteria Consumes Neurochemical Linked To Depression

July 5, 2016 - This is the first time a bacterial species has been found which uses a neurotransmitter as an energy source.

Soluble Aspirin Could Be Groundbreaking Treatment For Glioblastoma

July 4, 2016 - Previous research has suggested that aspirin has anti-cancer properties, however currently- available liquid forms of the drug are not fully soluble.

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July 4, 2016 - Amid increased use of over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic hand sanitizers, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting more scientific data from manufacturers on the products’ safety and effectiveness.

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June 29, 2016 - Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have discovered that compounds found in cannabis – including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – may help neurons remove protein clumps of amyloid beta, which have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.



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June 29, 2016 - In an effort to improve the quality and sustainability of the oats crop, food giant General Mills has teamed up with South Dakota State University (SDSU) researchers

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June 29, 2016 - The decision could lead to accelerated approval of the drug, which means the biologic could hit the market by the end of 2016.

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June 28, 2016 - A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a connection between cancer immunotherapy treatments and an increased risk of developing rheumatologic disorders, such as arthritis.

Novartis’ Heart Drug Could Save 28,000 US Heart Failure Patients Each Year

June 28, 2016 - It’s estimated that 2.7 million patients in the US are affected by a specific type of heart failure – known as heart failure and reduced ejection fraction – and approximately 84 percent of this patient population could be candidates for treatment with Entresto.

As Majority Vote In Favour Of Brexit, UK Pharmaceutical Industry Faces Uncertain Future

June 27, 2016 - In the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU – known as Brexit – Britain’s pharmaceutical industry is bracing for big changes in the market.

Microbiome May Play A Role In Breast Cancer Development

June 27, 2016 - Differences in the microbiome of human breast ductal fluid between women with and without breast cancer, suggest that those microbial communities could play a part in development of the disease.

Amgen and Sandoz Still In Legal Battle Over Biosimilar Marketing

June 24, 2016 - The point up for debate is whether Sandoz should be able to market their drug, Zarxio, which is a biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta.

Researchers Identify Mechanism Behind West Nile Virus-Associated Memory Loss

June 24, 2016 - The mechanisms by which severe forms of West Nile virus cause mood disorders and memory loss, have been identified by researchers at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Internet Billionaire To Fund First CRISPR Clinical Trial

June 23, 2016 - On Tuesday, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel gave the go-ahead to the first ever CRISPR clinical trial funded by internet billionaire, Sean Parker.

Microbes Impact Organ Transplant Success

June 23, 2016 - The microbes that live on the skin and in the digestive system have an effect on the body’s ability to accept transplanted organs, according to a new study.

Inovio’s Zika Vaccine Enters Early Clinical Trials

June 22, 2016 - Inovio Pharmaceuticals plans to start a Phase I clinical trial of its experimental Zika vaccine in the next few weeks.

Takeda Begins Phase IIb Clinical Trial Of Norovirus Vaccine

June 22, 2016 - The only vaccine currently in development to prevent norovirus infection has just entered a Phase IIb clinical trial.

Novartis To Launch Five New Biosimilar Drugs By 2020

June 21, 2016 - Novartis’ generics division, Sandoz, has announced that it plans to push five new biosimilar drugs through the product pipeline all the way to approval by 2020.

Earlier Detection Of Foodborne Pathogens Using Nanoparticle Biosensor

June 21, 2016 - Earlier detection using nanoflower-based biosensors could help prevent cases of foodborne illness, as well as reduce costs associated with food recalls.

How Strong Is The Evidence Supporting Vitamin D Supplementation?

June 20, 2016 - Though many people take a daily vitamin D supplement to treat medical conditions as varied as depression and multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests that the nutrient may not be as beneficial as previously thought.

Wrigley Expansion Mirrors Growth Of Confectionary Food Brand

June 20, 2016 - Last week, confectionary company Wrigley, a subsidiary of Mars Incorporated, opened a new addition to its manufacturing facility in Yorkville, Illinois, USA.

FDA Issues Warning Letter To Whole Foods After Detecting Listeria

June 17, 2016 - The FDA has issued a warning letter to Whole Foods after identifying multiple violations – including Listeria contamination – at one of their multiple food manufacturing facilities.

Link Between Autism And Epilepsy Offers Insight Into Both Conditions

June 17, 2016 - As 20 to 30 percent of children with autism will develop epilepsy, and 15 to 20 percent of individuals with epilepsy are autistic, it has been suggested that there is a link between the two conditions.

Novo Nordisk’s Diabetes Drug Becomes Second Ever To Show Cardiovascular Benefit

June 16, 2016 - A recent clinical trial found that Novo Nordisk’s diabetes medication Victoza – an injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist – reduced the risk of cardiovascular episodes by 13 percent.

Diabetes Drugs Could Harm Kidneys, Warns FDA

June 16, 2016 - Two drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes – Johnson & Johnson's Invokana and AstaZeneca's Farxiga – have been shown to be associated with acute kidney injury, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

First Single-Dose Cholera Vaccine Approved By FDA

June 15, 2016 - The vaccine is designed to protect against cholera infection and is the world’s first single-dose preventative treatment.

Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Offers New Treatment Option For HIV- Associated Lymphoma

June 15, 2016 - Patients with HIV-associated lymphoma have long been thought of as poor candidates for the standard treatment for the disease. According to a new study however, these patients have similar survival rates and face comparable risks when treated with an autologous stem cell transplant, compared to HIV-negative individuals with lymphoma.

Walgreens Terminates Partnership With Blood Test Company, Theranos

June 14, 2016 - The US pharmacy giant is set to close all 40 of the Theranos blood testing centers in its Arizona drugstores.

Patients With Migraines Found To Have Vitamin Deficiencies

June 14, 2016 - A recent study found that many children and young adults suffering from migraines are deficient in essential nutrients including vitamin D, coenzyme Q10 and riboflavin.

FDA Commissioner Wants To Build Preclinical Database

June 13, 2016 - Robert Califf, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thinks an official database for preclinical studies should be established in order to help improve transparency in basic research.

Toxoplasmosis Infection Linked With Neurodegenerative Diseases

June 13, 2016 - According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California- Riverside, infection with toxoplasmosis triggers an accumulation of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain, which could cause neurodegenerative diseases in predisposed individuals.

Far UV Light Effective Against MRSA, Safe For Human Skin

June 10, 2016 - A specific wavelength of UV light, known as far-UVC, could be effective at killing methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, without damaging the surface of the skin.

Study Suggests Most Antidepressants Are Ineffective For Young Patients

June 10, 2016 - Many antidepressants are ineffective at treating children and young adults suffering from major depression, according to a recent meta-analysis of published data.

Brexit Could Negatively Impact Trade For Food Manufacturers

June 9, 2016 - According to food industry insiders, food manufacturers could face customs barriers and shipping delays if Britain decides to exit the EU.

Oxygenated Drink Could Improve Drug Delivery Making Cancer Treatment More Effective

June 9, 2016 - Researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Ulster in the UK, are developing a drink filled with oxygen microbubbles which could help re-oxygenate hard to treat tumors, thereby increasing cancer treatment effectiveness.

FDA Urges Food Industry To Reduce Sodium In Processed Products

June 8, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Association (FDA) has issued draft guidance aimed at encouraging the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium levels in processed and commercially prepared foods.

US Senators Call For Drug Pricing Inquest Into Opioid Overdose Antidote

June 8, 2016 - Amid growing concerns over opioid abuse and addiction, two US senators are asking drugmakers to explain their pricing for the opioid overdose drug, naloxone.

Diagnostic Device Rapidly Diagnoses Heart Attack

June 7, 2016 - A new diagnostic device designed by Philips is able to quickly diagnose patients who have experienced a heart attack, at the point-of- care.

Healthcare Consortium To Match Patients To Clinical Trials Via Data Sharing

June 7, 2016 - Medical Centers from around the country – including Stanford Cancer Institute, Intermountain Healthcare, Providence Health & Services and Syapse – have founded a consortium aimed at using data sharing to improve patient access to cancer clinical trials.

Using Viral Therapy To Reverse Liver Disease

June 6, 2016 - Researchers have used a modified virus to help repair damaged hepatocytes in mice with liver disease.

AstraZeneca Licenses Gout Drug To Grünenthal For Up To $230 Million

June 6, 2016 - AstraZeneca continues to sell the rights to its gout drug, Zurampic, with German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal paying as much as $230 million for the rights in Europe and Latin America.

Daiichi Sankyo Abandons Phase III Clinical Trial Of Lung Cancer Drug

June 3, 2016 - The decision was based on a recommendation from an independent data monitoring committee which found the drug failed to be effective against non-small cell lung cancer.

Melanocytes Found To Contain Olfactory Receptor

June 3, 2016 - Researchers in Germany have identified a specialized scent receptor in the pigment-producing cells of the skin, known as melanocytes.

Roche’s Home Healthcare Medical Device For Anticoagulant Therapy Launches In Europe

June 2, 2016 - Roche has launched a new PT/INR home self-testing device for European patients taking anticoagulant drugs.

Angina Frequency Reduced By Treatment With CD34 Positive Cells

June 2, 2016 - A recent clinical trial has found that patients with class III-IV refractory angina could benefit from a dose of cells positive for a protein involved with vascular-associated tissue changes, known as CD34.

Pain Paradox: Opioid Painkillers Prolong Chronic Pain In Rats

June 1, 2016 - A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, has found that opioids, like morphine, paradoxically increase the pain response in rats.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Confirms Acquisition Of Celator

June 1, 2016 - The rumored deal between Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Celator has just been confirmed by the companies, with Jazz to acquire Celator for $1.5 billion.

FDA Approves First Medical Device Implant For Opioid Dependence

May 31, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first buprenorphine implantable medical device – marketed as Probuphine - for patients with opioid dependence.

Recovery After Heart Attack Linked To Heart Cell Telomere Length

May 31, 2016 - Heart cell telomeres rapidly degenerate after birth, limiting the heart’s ability to recover after a heart attack, according to a new study.

Zika Virus-Infected Mothers Face 13 Percent Risk Of Microcephaly

May 30, 2016 - A new study suggests that Zika virus infection in the first trimester of pregnancy, could result in a 13 percent risk of their child being born with the microcephaly birth defect.

First US Case Of Antibiotic Resistance To Last Resort Drug Signals Need For New Treatments

May 30, 2016 - According to a report issued on Thursday, the first patient to develop a bacterial infection that carries resistance to an antibiotic used to treat tough infections, has been identified in the US.

Theranos Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Inaccurate Blood Test

May 27, 2016 - Earlier this week, a class action lawsuit was filed in a federal court against controversial laboratory services company, Theranos.

New Drug Manufacturing Technology Could Improve Personalized Medicine

May 27, 2016 - Engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), have developed a new way to manufacture personalized medicine that is less expensive and more convenient than currently- available methods.

Chemotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer Strengthened By Vitamin A

May 26, 2016 - By combining chemotherapy and vitamin A, researchers have successfully reduced pancreatic cancer cell proliferation.

Fecal Transplant May Be Key Treatment Option For Patients With Ulcerative Colitis

May 26, 2016 - One in four patients with ulcerative colitis saw significant symptom improvement following a fecal microbiota transplantation, according to the results of a recent clinical trial.

CRISPR Technique Removes HIV Genes From Live Animal Models

May 25, 2016 - For the first time, researchers have used the CRISPR technique to successfully remove HIV genes from the genomes of animals infected with the retrovirus.

Alzheimer’s Diagnosis In Men Linked To Loss Of Y Chromosome

May 25, 2016 - A global research team has shown that men whose red blood cells are lacking a Y chromosome – a phenomenon known as loss of Y – may be more susceptible to developing Alzheimer’s.

Universal Donor Cancer Immunotherapy To Be Developed By Regen Biopharma

May 24, 2016 - Early-stage biotech company, Regen BioPharma, has started preclinical development on the first cancer immunotherapy using cells extracted from cord blood.

Bacteria Survive Antibiotic Assault Due To DNA Repair Mechanisms

May 24, 2016 - Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have identified a key molecule which allows bacteria to repair serious DNA damage, thereby making them resistant to certain antibiotics.

Roche’s Immunotherapy Drug Wins FDA Approval

May 20, 2016 - Roche’s anti- PDL1 immunotherapy, atezolizumab, has become the first new drug in decades to be approved to treat the most common form of bladder cancer.

Oramed’s Oral Insulin Clinical Trial Meets Primary Endpoint

May 19, 2016 - Looking to cash-in on the potentially $15 billion oral insulin market, Oramed is trying to beat Novo Nordisk to launch the first oral insulin product on the market.

Proposed ‘Pay Or Play’ Deal To Encourage Antibiotic R&D In Pharmaceutical Industry

May 20, 2016 - A review conducted by the UK government recommends that pharmaceutical and biotech companies should be financially rewarded for investing in new antibiotics R&D.

High Potato Intake Linked To Increased Risk Of Hypertension

May 19, 2016 - According to a study published in The BMJ, men and women who consume higher amounts of potatoes – including baked, boiled, mashed, French fried potatoes – may be at an increased risk of developing hypertension.

AstraZeneca To Explore DNA Damage Drugs As Emerging Oncology Therapy

May 18, 2016 - Global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is looking to expand their portfolio of cancer drugs that act on the DNA repair mechanisms in cells.

UPDATE: Valeant Releases Details On Hospital Discount Plan For Heart Drugs

May 18, 2016 - Amid criticism over Valeant’s failure to deliver on promised hospital discounts for two of their heart drugs, the company has released the details of its rebate program for Isuprel and Nitropress.

Vermont Wants Drugmakers To Be Held Accountable For Pharmaceutical Price Increases

May 17, 2016 - In Vermont, a new bill is on the table which could require pharmaceutical companies to explain their reasoning behind price increases of prescription drugs.

Could Anonymized Healthcare Data Pose A Risk To Patient Privacy?

May 17, 2016 - According to a recent paper in the journal, Anesthesia & Analgesia, this practice of data sharing could be a threat to patient privacy.

Hospitals Still Waiting On Promised Discounts For Valeant’s Heart Drugs

May 16, 2016 - Early this year, Valeant Pharmaceuticals pledged to offer hospitals up to 30 percent off the list price for their expensive heart medications.

US Government Launches Microbiome Research Initiative

May 16, 2016 - On Friday, the White House announced it would be funding a new public-private microbiome research fund, aimed at supporting the development of new therapies promoting healthy bacterial communities.

Transposon Implicated As Colon Cancer Trigger

May 13, 2016 - Transposons – genes that are able to extricate themselves from one part of the genome, and insert into another location – could play a role in colon cancer development.

Cigna Makes Pricing Deals With Amgen, Sanofi For Cholesterol Drugs

May 13, 2016 - Cigna, a major US health insurer, has signed value-based pricing deals with the makers of two new PCSK9 cholesterol lowering drugs, Amgen and Sanofi.

India Upholds Gilead’s Patent For Hepatitis C Drug, Sovaldi

May 12, 2016 - After previously rejecting Gilead’s patent application for the hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, the Indian Patent Office has reconsidered their decision by awarding a patent to the drugmaker.

New Antimicrobial Peptide Effective Against Respiratory Virus and Biofilms

May 12, 2016 - A novel compound capable of simultaneously breaking down tough bacterial biofilms and killing a deadly respiratory virus, has been developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR).

Migraine Drugs May Be Underused Due To FDA- Mandated Black Box Warnings

May 11, 2016 - The results of the study suggest that these medications could be safe for a new subset of migraine sufferers, including the 10 million patients that experience migraine-associated changes in vision, touch, speech, thinking or strength, known as an aura.

FDA To Track Sales Of Antibiotics To Livestock Farmers

May 11, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently released its final rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to report sales data for all antibiotics used in various types of food- producing livestock.

Zika Diagnostic Could Rapidly Detect The Virus

May 10, 2016 - The portable device was able to identify the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys.

‘Kidney-On-A-Chip’ Offers Insight Into Drug Metabolism

May 10, 2016 - In order to allow healthcare providers to quickly and reliably determine how a specific drug will be metabolized by the kidneys, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a kidney-on-a- chip device, designed to mimic the response of the organ in vitro.

Impax Laboratories Sues Turing Pharmaceuticals Over Breach Of Contract

May 9, 2016 - Earlier this week, Impax Laboratories asked a federal judge to stop Turing from selling the drug under their name.

CAR-T Cell Immunotherapy Leads To 90 Percent Remission Rate In Leukemia Clinical Trial

May 9, 2016 - The trial – which took ten months to complete – resulted in a complete remission rate of 90 percent, and a minimal residual disease (MRD-negative) rate of 80 percent.

Wolbachia Bacteria Could Help Prevent Spread Of Zika And Dengue

May 6, 2016 - A study conducted by Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Eliminate Dengue, has confirmed that Wolbachia bacteria can reduce Zika virus transmission by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Slow-Release Drug Delivery Device Could Offer New Treatment Option For Glaucoma Patients

May 6, 2016 - To help patients better adhere to their glaucoma treatments, researchers from the UC Davis Medical Center Glaucoma Service have developed a drug-dispensing eye insert that slowly releases medication.

Pfizer Considers Acquisition of Cancer Biotech, Medivation

May 5, 2016 - According to a report by Reuters, Pfizer has approached Medivation to discuss a possible takeover deal.

Medical Error Surpasses Respiratory Disease As Third Leading Cause Of Death In The US

May 5, 2016 - Using medical data collected over an eight- year period, patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins have calculated that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the US.

Breast Cancer Gene Discovery Could Make Personalized Medicine A Reality

May 4, 2016 - Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK, have identified a number of novel genetic mutations associated with breast cancer tumors.

Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Could Treat Obesity By Targeting Fat Cells

May 4, 2016 - Novel nanoparticles capable of delivering anti-obesity medication directly into fat tissue, have been developed by researchers MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

First Drug To Treat Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis Approved By The FDA

May 3, 2016 - A drug made by California-based biopharmaceutical company Acadia Pharmaceuticals, has become the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for psychosis linked to Parkinson’s disease.

Injectable Multiple Sclerosis Drug Passes EMA Regulatory Review

May 3, 2016 - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended Biogen and AbbVie’s injectable multiple sclerosis drug for marketing approval.

Patient Advocacy Group Calls On Congress To Investigate FDA’s Role In Essure Approval

May 2, 2016 - A women’s advocacy group for patients who experienced adverse reactions associated with Bayer’s contraceptive implant, Essure, have criticized the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its alleged lack of oversight for the medical device.

LUNGevity Launches Lung Cancer Program To Help Clinical Trial Participants

May 2, 2016 - National nonprofit organization LUNGevity, is launching a Clinical Trial Ambassador Program aimed at connecting fist-time lung cancer trial participants with patients who have previously been part of a trial.

Pathways Controlling Skin And Hair Colour Offer Target For Vitiligo Treatment

April 29, 2016 - According to a paper published by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, two molecular signaling pathways are responsible for controlling skin and hair colour in both mice and humans.

Gene Therapy Clinical Trial For Rare Neurodegenerative Disorder Commences

April 29, 2016 - Nationwide Children’s Hospital has just started a first-in-human clinical trial testing the effectiveness of gene therapy at treating the rare neurodegenerative disorder, Batten disease CLN6.

FDA Requires Additional Trials For Catalyst Pharmaceuticals’ Rare Disease Drug

April 28, 2016 - Just two months after Catalyst Pharmaceuticals received a rarely-issued Refuse to File letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the biotech has faced more hurdles with the regulatory agency.

MicroRNA Pathway Could Provide New Drug Targets For Leukemia

April 28, 2016 - The finding could help drug developers identify new targets for the aggressive blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Catheter Infection Alert System Could Prevent Life- Threatening Infections

April 27, 2016 - Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new catheter coating that changes the colour of the urine in response to growing bacterial numbers.

Startup Looks To Improve Patient Charting Using Google Glass

April 27, 2016 - San Francisco-based startup Augmedix has raised $17 million to help physicians use Google Glass to create and review patient charts.

Upcoming NIH Meeting To Discuss Artificial Pancreas As Diabetes Device

April 26, 2016 - As artificial pancreas devices in development continue to move closer to hitting the market, talk of how the devices will be regulated is starting to gain momentum.

FDA Approves First High-Frequency Ultrasound Machine

April 26, 2016 - In an effort to modernize the technology, Fujifilm has just received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its high-frequency, high resolution ultrasound machine, Vevo MD.

AstraZeneca Partners With Human Longevity To Sequence Two Million Genomes

April 25, 2016 - AstraZeneca is launching a project aimed at sequencing two million genomes, in an effort to harness the power of genomics data in directing drug development.

CAR-T Cell Immunotherapy Could Be Viable Treatment For Some Brain Cancers

April 25, 2016 - A Phase I clinical trial testing whether CAR-T cell immunotherapy could be a viable treatment for a type of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, has found that the therapy was both safe and effective.

CRISPR Gene Editing Technique Gets Precision Upgrade

April 22, 2016 - Harvard researchers have improved the CRISPR gene editing tool, to allow the technique to be used to change single bases in the DNA of a specific gene.

Survey Finds DTC Ads Have Little Influence Over Consumer Behaviour

April 22, 2016 - According to a survey conducted by market research firm Treato, only 7 percent of consumers reported talking to their doctor about a drug they saw advertised on TV.

Improving Bioactive Films For Long-Term Implantable Medical Device Stability

April 19, 2016 - In order to improve the outcomes for patients who rely on these implantable devices, researchers from Harvard have developed a biochemical method capable of regenerating a protective bioactive film which prevents the body from attacking the implant.

People With Autism Have Lower Cancer Risk Despite Gene Mutations

April 19, 2016 - Children aged 14 and under had a 94 percent lower risk of developing cancer, compared to non- autistic children in the same age group.

Folic Acid Enrichment Of Corn Masa Flour Approved By FDA

April 18, 2016 - Manufacturers may now begin to add up to 0.7 mg of folic acid – the industry standard for other enriched cereal grains – per pound of corn masa flour.

HIV Drugmaker Switches From Batch To Continuous Manufacturing

April 18, 2016 - For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drugmaker’s decision to switch from traditional batch manufacturing to a continuous manufacturing process.

Generic Drug Could Reverse Vision Loss Due To Multiple Sclerosis

April 15, 2016 - In a mid-stage trial, patients taking the antihistamine showed improved eye-to- brain signaling, compared to those on the placebo.

Medical Device Maker Seeks FDA and EU Approval Of Pain-Free Blood Collection Device

April 15, 2016 - Health technology company Seventh Sense Biosystems, have announced they have begun registration for a pivotal clinical trial for their painless drug collection device.

CRISPR Collaboration Announced Between Regeneron and Intellia Therapeutics

April 14, 2016 - Biotech company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and gene editing company Intellia Therapeutics, have announced a licensing and collaboration agreement using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to develop new therapies for a range of diseases.

Researchers Uncover Gene Involved In Type 1 Diabetes

April 14, 2016 - Dozens of genetic mutations have been implicated in type 1 diabetes, and research is ongoing to uncover each gene’s role in disease onset and progression.

FDA Approves AbbVie’s Drug For Rare Leukemia

April 13, 2016 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AbbVie’s Venclexta as a second-line treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, in patients with a chromosomal abnormality known as a 17p deletion.

Interventional Procedure Could Help Eliminate Phantom Limb Pain

April 13, 2016 - The physicians have applied a minimally-invasive technique known as cryoablation therapy, which uses extreme cold to effectively silence the nerve cells at the site of the amputation.

Zika Virus May Be Linked To Another Brain Disorder

April 12, 2016 - According to the results of a small hospital-based study in Brazil, the Zika virus could be tied to another brain disorder, in addition to the previously-identified links with microcephaly and Guillain- Barré syndrome.

Nanoparticles Could Be Used To Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

April 12, 2016 - Researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University in the US, and Southwest University in China, have designed a novel nanoparticle capable of blocking expression of a glycoprotein that promotes intestinal inflammation.

AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly Pursue Late-Stage Clinical Trial For Alzheimer’s Drug

April 11, 2016 - Pharmaceutical powerhouses AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly have announced that they will be pushing their experimental Alzheimer’s candidate into a Phase III clinical trial.

FDA Approves Celltrion’s Remicade Biosimilar

April 11, 2016 - Celltrion’s Inflectra – a biosimilar to Janssen Biotech’s Remicade – is the second biosimilar to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Allergan Pays $3.3 Billion For The Rights To Heptares’ Alzheimer’s Drugs

April 8, 2016 - Allergan isn’t dwelling on the termination of its $160 billion merger with Pfizer; the biotech just acquired the global rights to Heptares’ neurological drugs portfolio.

Epilepsy Drug’s Risk Of Birth Defects May Be Exaggerated

April 8, 2016 - In contrast to the results of an initial study, the epilepsy drug lamotrigine may not increase the risk of birth defects.

Pfizer and Allergan Scrap Megamerger Deal

April 7, 2016 - The companies made the decision to scrap their $152 billion agreement following the US Treasury Department’s proposed regulations aimed at reducing the advantages of such an international merger.

Extended-Release Pill Attaches To GI Lining For Prolonged Drug Delivery

April 7, 2016 - Once swallowed, one side of the tablet binds to the intestinal tissue, while the other resists passing food and liquids which could dislodge it from its point of attachment.

FDA Approves Gilead’s HIV Therapy, Descovy

April 6, 2016 - Descovy is to be used in combination with other antiretroviral drugs, but is not indicated for use as a prophylactic to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

US Homeland Security Issues Warning About Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities With Supply Management System

April 6, 2016 - The Pyxis SupplyStation – designed to dispense medical supplies based on fingerprint identification of authorized personnal – was evaluated by independent researchers who found that the system could be accessed remotely.

EMA Approves First Gene Therapy For Pediatric Rare Disease

April 5, 2016 - A new gene therapy developed by GlaxoSmithKline has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for use in children with the ultra-rare genetic disease, adenosine deaminase severe combined immune deficiency (ADA- SCID).

Bioengineered Skin Displays Characteristics Of Integumentary Organ System

April 5, 2016 - Japanese scientists have performed a skin transplant on mice using 3-D bioengineered tissue generated from pluripotent stem cells.

Contaminated Heparin May Still Be On The US Market

April 4, 2016 - While the alleged contamination is different from the earlier case, some members of congress are criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to prevent the current issue.

Medtronic’s PillCam Receives FDA Clearance For High- Risk Patients

April 4, 2016 - Ireland-based Medtronic has gained additional US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for their PillCam COLON 2 ingestible capsule.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Wins FDA Approval For Rare Liver Disease Drug

April 1, 2016 - At long last, Jazz Pharmaceuticals has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its rare liver disease drug, defibrotide.

Fungicides Alter Expression Of Autism- Linked Genes

April 1, 2016 - When mouse-derived brain cells were exposed to certain fungicides, the cells displayed altered patterns of gene expression often seen in individuals with neurological conditions, including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

New Mouse Model Of Acute Myeloid Leukemia To Boost Research Efforts

March 31, 2016 - Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have developed a mouse model of the most fatal form of AML, which will be used to better understand the disease and aid discovery of new therapies.

Medication Adherence Monitors Are Next Trend In Medical Devices

March 31, 2016 - Medical device manufacturers are increasingly developing technologies designed to monitor patients’ adherence to medication schedules.

Men More Likely To Develop Depression After Prolonged Periods Of Stress

March 30, 2016 - The researchers studied the effects of stressful events on depression risk over a 25 year period and found that men were 50 percent more likely to develop depression, compared to women.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Chooses 6 Centers To Host Fellowship in Movement Disorders

March 29, 2016 - The goal of the program is to provide training for neurologists so that they may be better equipped to  treat patients with movement disorders.

Microsoft Co-Founder Invests $100 Million In Bioscience Research

March 28, 2016 - Paul Allen – a billionaire philanthropist and co- founder of Microsoft – has founded a $100 million bioscience research initiative to fund innovative research over the next 10 years.

High Dietary Vitamin C Could Prevent Cataracts

March 28, 2016 - The finding is a result of the first twin study conducted to test the effects of both genetics and environmental factors on cataract progression with advancing age.

Protein-Rich Frog Foam For Antibiotic Drug Delivery

March 24, 2016 - Scientists from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, have demonstrated the effectiveness of a proteinaceous foam made by Tungara frogs, as an antibiotic delivery system for infection prevention.

New Stem Cell Technology To Improve Glaucoma Treatment

March 24, 2016 - Working towards more effective treatments for glaucoma, researchers from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have developed a new method of generating retinal ganglion cells from human skin cell-derived stem cells.

Inovio Pays $5.5 Million For Bioject’s Needle-Free Injection Device Technology

March 23, 2016 - Inovio will pay $5.5 million in cash and company stock for the technology, which it plans to combine with its own skin- surface electroporation DNA vaccine administration technique.

Anthem Files Lawsuit Against Express Scripts Over Drug Pricing Dispute

March 23, 2016 - On Monday, health insurance company Anthem Inc. filed a lawsuit against their pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, to reportedly recover damages due to pharmaceutical pricing and operations issues.

Breast Cancer Pill Illuminates Tumors, Leading To More Accurate Screening

March 22, 2016 - The pill contains a fluorescent dye that binds to cancer cells and fluoresces when exposed to near- infrared light.

Antibiotics Could Be Viable Treatment For Mild Appendicitis

March 22, 2016 - According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, patients with mild appendicitis who were treated with antibiotics do not have a higher risk of developing complications, within one year of starting treatment.

Stem Cells With Half The Normal Number Of Chromosomes To Revolutionize Medical Research

March 21, 2016 - The scientists have successfully generated human embryonic stem cells with just one copy of the 23 human chromosomes.

Cellectis Partners With MabQuest To Develop New Cancer Immunotherapy Antibodies

March 21, 2016 - French biopharmaceutical company Cellectis and Netherlands-based biotech MabQuest, have announced they will be collaborating to develop a novel class of monoclonal antibodies that are antagonistic to a protein called PD-1.

Amgen Wins First Court Battle Over PCSK9 Patent Against Sanofi and Regeneron

March 18, 2016 - A US court jury ruled that Sanofi and Regeneron’s PCSK9 drug – sold as Praluent – infringed upon Amgen’s patent for its similar pharmaceutical, Repatha.

3-D Micro- Scaffold Technology Could Improve Human Neuron Transplantation

March 18, 2016 - Collaborative research between multiple departments at Rutgers University and Stanford University, has resulted in the development of a 3-D micro-scaffold capable of promoting stem cells to differentiate into nerve cells.

New Insight Into Why Kidney Transplant Rejections Happen

March 17, 2016 - Despite their previous designation as separate diseases, new research suggests that acute and chronic rejection are actually both part the same continuum.

Beta Cell Patch Could Control Insulin Levels In Patients With Diabetes

March 16, 2016 - Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NC), have designed a synthetic patch impregnated with live beta cells, capable of secreting insulin in response to rising blood glucose levels.

Compound in Broccoli Could Increase Efficacy Of Anti- Cancer Drugs

March 16, 2016 - Researchers have now identified a compound in broccoli that actually improves the effectiveness of some anti- cancer agents

Bispecifics Could Rival CAR-T Immunotherapy

March 15, 2016 - While the CAR-T approach has produced some promising results so far, Roche is intent on developing a similarly- effective therapy, without requiring physicians to harvest immune cells from patients.

Charity Opposes Pfizer’s Indian Patent On Pneumonia Vaccine

March 15, 2016 - Doctors Without Borders are in the news again. This time, the humanitarian group are attempting to prevent pharma giant Pfizer from filing a patent on their pneumonia vaccine in India.

First-In-US Uterus Transplantation Fails Due To Post-Surgical Complications

March 14, 2016 - Hospital officials at the Cleveland Clinic reported that the first ever uterus transplant to take place in the US has failed, after the patient experienced sudden complications following surgery.

Mitsubishi’s Tobacco-Based Influenza Vaccine Could Rival Egg-Based Preparations

March 14, 2016 - According to research and consulting firm, GlobalData, the new tobacco-based influenza vaccine – under development by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma – could be substantial competition for more traditional egg-based preparations.

Gene May Accelerate Cancer Drug Metabolism, Leading To Poor Outcomes

March 11, 2016 - A new study published in the journal, Cancer Research, may have identified a genetic explanation for why some cancer patients have poorer outcomes after treatment.

Portable Biosensor Could Improve Alzheimer’s Disease Management

March 11, 2016 - A review conducted by Florida International University, suggests that a portable, sensitive biosensor may heathcare providers monitor the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – even in underdeveloped countries.

Over 2 Million People Infected With Both HIV and Hepatitis C Globally

March 10, 2016 - On average, patients with HIV are six times more likely to become infected with hepatitis C, compared those who are HIV-negative, according to the results of the research.

Celldex Therapeutics Terminates Phase III Clinical Trial For Brain Cancer Vaccine

March 9, 2016 - On Monday, biotech company Celldex Therapeutics announced they would be prematurely ending the Phase III clinical trial for their glioblastoma vaccine, Rintega.

‘Origami Tools’ May Make Surgical Stitches A Thing Of The Past

March 9, 2016 - The same techniques used to make tools smaller for use on space shuttles, are being applied to help develop more compact, robotic surgical instruments.

Exposure To Peanuts Builds Tolerance In Children, Potentially Preventing Allergy

March 8, 2016 - A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that feeding infants peanut products can prevent them from developing serious allergies to the food during childhood.

Regular Consumption Of High Glycemic Index Foods Could Increase Lung Cancer Risk

March 8, 2016 - According to a new study published in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, individuals whose diet consists of high glycemic index foods could have a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer, compared to those with a healthier diet.

Tumor Growth Linked To Cancer’s Manipulation Of Surrounding Cells

March 7, 2016 - New research suggests that cancer cells influence the cells around them to produce more of protein that promotes angiogenesis – or the formation of blood vessels – increasing the supply of blood to the tumor.

ScPharmaceuticals Sees Phase III Clinical Trial Success Of Subcutaneous Antibiotic and Pump

March 7, 2016 - Massachusetts-based scPharmaceuticals reported promising Phase III clinical trial results for its sc2Wear Pump: a wearable device designed to administer subcutaneous antibiotics.

Bipolar Disorder Drug Market On Decline Due To Availability Of Generics

March 4, 2016 - According to research and consulting firm, GlobalData, the market value for bipolar disorder treatments is projected to drop by 28 percent to $4.2 billion, by 2024.

FDA Mandates Addition Of Black Box Warning On Bayer’s Essure Permanent Birth Control

March 4, 2016 - In an effort to ensure physicians and patients are aware of the potential complications of using Bayer’s Essure – an implantable form of permanent birth control – the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling for a change in the product’s labelling.

Low Vitamin D Levels Possible Biomarker For Aggressive Prostate Cancer

March 3, 2016 - Research at Northwestern Medicine has identified a possible biomarker for aggressive forms of prostate cancer: vitamin D levels at the time of surgery.

Preoperative Steroid Injection Could Increase Risk Of Infection

March 3, 2016 - According to two new studies, steroid injections administered months before total hip or knee replacement surgery, could increase a patient’s risk of infection.

FDA To Provide $2 Million In Rare Disease Study Funding

March 2, 2016 - On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they will be providing $2 million in research funding for rare disease natural history studies.

New Vaccine For Tropical Bacterial Infection, Melioidosis

March 2, 2016 - Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a potentially life-saving vaccine for melioidosis – a bacterial infection also known as Whitmore’s disease.

Obese Women Could Lower Breast Cancer Risk By Omega-3 Supplementation

March 1, 2016 - A new open- label, randomized clinical trial has found that the risk of developing breast cancer for obese women could be reduced by omega-3 fatty acids.

Doctors Criticize Otsuka Pharmaceutical For Price Of Tuberculosis Drug

March 1, 2016 - Humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, has publicly condemned Japanese drugmaker Otsuka Pharmaceutical for the “ridiculously high” cost of their relatively-new tuberculosis (TB) drug.

Restoring Sight: First In-Human Test Of Optogenetics

February 29, 2016 - Michigan-based startup RetroSense Therapeutics, plans to be the company to sponsor a clinical trial of optogenetics in human patients.

Sandoz Recalls Hypertension Drug Made At Indian Mylan Facility

February 29, 2016 - A Mylan-owned pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in India has run into more issues, leading to a voluntary recall of over 277,000 bottles of hypertension medication.

Amgen and UBC Get Osteoporosis Drug Through Phase III Clinical Trial

February 26, 2016 - Amgen’s osteoporosis drug – romosozumab – has shown promising results in a Phase III clinical trial.

IBM Acquires Truven In $2.6 Billion Patient Data Deal

February 26, 2016 - In a move designed to bolster its Watson Health subsidiary, IBM has bought Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion.

Public Health Officials Call For FDA Black Box Warnings On Opioids and Benzodiazepines

February 25, 2016 - Health officials across the US are asking that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) add new warning labels to opioid and benzodiazepine drugs.

Gene Mutation Linked To Seasonal Affective Disorder

February 24, 2016 - Now, researchers from the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine have identified a mutation in a human gene which may put a person at risk of developing seasonal affective disorder.

Coiled Proteins May Be Key To Targeted Cellular Drug Delivery

February 24, 2016 - Bacteria-derived coiled protein ribbons – known as R bodies – could be induced to penetrate the cell membrane of select cells, thereby initiating a targeted drug delivery system.

Genetic Blood Test Identifies Inherited Heart Conditions

February 23, 2016 - Researchers at sites in Singapore and the UK have developed a new blood test – called the TruSight Cardio Sequencing Kit – capable of diagnosing a range of genetic heart conditions.

Canadian Biotech Startup Tackles Blood Cancer and Rare Disease

February 23, 2016 - A new Toronto- based biotech company has announced two novel ex vivo treatments for blood cancer and a rare disease, using gene therapy.

Novartis Acquires Glaucoma Surgical Device Maker To Bolster Alcon Eye Care Division

February 22, 2016 - Novartis’ eye care unit, Alcon, has bought Transcend Medical to acquire the company’s minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices.

India’s Cipla Acquires First US Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility

February 22, 2016 - Global pharmaceutical company Cipla, has acquired two generic pharmaceutical manufacturing companies based in the US.

Implantable Artificial Kidney Could Be Functional Organ Replacement

February 19, 2016 - A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, are developing a microchip- based artificial kidney which could give new hope to dialysis patients waiting for a donor organ.

Type 2 Diabetes Drug May Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

February 19, 2016 - A drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes – pioglitazone – may be effective at preventing recurrent heart attack and stroke, in patients who have some insulin resistance, but are not diabetic.

Flexion’s Osteoarthritis Painkiller Passes Phase III Clinical Trial

February 18, 2016 - Flexion Therapeutics’ has announced the success of its osteoarthritis drug in a Phase III clinical trial.

CAR-T Technology Could Be Effective Treatment For Blood Cancers

February 18, 2016 - The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS 2016) took place last weekend, and some exciting new progress has been made in the field of CAR-T therapies for blood cancer.

GlaxoSmithKline Receives $54.4 Million Fine In UK For Pay- For-Delay Deal

February 17, 2016 - According to a statement released by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Friday, the agency has fined GlaxoSmithKline for a pay-for-delay deal made over 10 years ago.

Novel Anti-Biofilm Compounds May Be Effective Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

February 17, 2016 - A new class of anti-biofilm compounds extracted from marine-based microorganisms may be effective at treating drug- resistant bacteria that are commonly identified in patients with hospital-acquired infections.

Is The Food You Eat Affecting Your Genes?

February 16, 2016 - According to a new study published in the journal, Nature Microbiology, while genetic factors influence our metabolism, the food we consume may be also be affecting our genes

New LIGHTSABR Platform Could Streamline Drug Discovery

February 16, 2016 - In an attempt to improve drug discovery methods, researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a novel screening system that would be both smaller and cheaper than previous methods.

LinkedIn May See Increased Use Among Pharma Marketers Thanks To InMail Function

February 12, 2016 - Pharma marketers have had a troubled history with social media, as most platforms – namely Twitter – don’t allow drugmakers to provide all risk information for a given drug in a single post.

A Future Of Less Invasive Medicine With “Digital Twins”

February 12, 2016 - French software company, Dassault Systèmes thinks that the future of medicine lies in the design of computer- based, personalized whole organ models – termed “digital twins” – which would allow physicians to make in silico predictions of how the real organ might behave in any given situation.

Prenatal Exposure To Acetaminophen Linked To Asthma Risk

February 11, 2016 - A new study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has confirmed a link between prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and an increased risk of developing asthma in early childhood.

The Surprising Link Between Vaccine Shortages And Price Per Dose

February 11, 2016 - Providing a reliable supply of a vaccine is dependent on a number of factors, including raw materials availability, quality control and supply chain and logistics.

Indian Biotech Has Two Zika Vaccine Candidates In Development

February 10, 2016 - According to an announcement made by India-based Bharat Biotech last week, the company has been working on two candidates for the Zika vaccine for more than a year.

Newly- Discovered Bacteria Found To Cause Lyme Disease

February 10, 2016 - A new species of bacteria – capable of causing Lyme disease – has been discovered by scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

FDA: Celltrion’s Remicade Biosimilar “Highly Similar” To Branded Drug

February 9, 2016 - According to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents, the agency is in favour of Celltrion’s biosimilar of Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade.

Autopsy Of Man With MERS Provides Insight Into Infection

February 9, 2016 - While Zika is currently the most talked about viral outbreak around the globe, another pathogen – known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) – has been gaining traction in some regions in the Middle East.

Study Finds Pfizer’s Smoking Cessation Drug, Chantix, Is No More Effective Than Nicotine Patches

February 8, 2016 - A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that there was no statistically significant difference in quit smoking rates between individuals using nicotine patches, lozenges or taking Pfizer’s Chantix.

Update: Investigation Continues Into Cause of Deadly French Drug Clinical Trial

February 8, 2016 - Investigators in France are still trying to determine why a Phase I clinical trial – conducted last month – left one person dead and five others seriously injured.

US National Academy Of Medicine Approves Creation Of Three-Parent Embryos

February 5, 2016 - The US National Academy of Medicine is encouraging the US Food and Drug Administration to approve a technique used to transfer DNA from normal human eggs, to those with disease-causing genetic mutations

Seafood, Mercury and Alzheimer’s: What’s The Connection?

February 4, 2016 - While seafood contains many important nutrients for brain function – including omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – some fish can be high in mercury, which is an element known to impair development of the brain.

Generic OxyContin On Horizon As Patents Don’t Hold Up In Court

February 4, 2016 - Purdue Pharma-held patents for its popular painkiller, OxyContin, have been invalidated based on a US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday.

Non-Coding ‘Junk’ DNA May Suppress Development Of Breast Cancer

February 3, 2016 - According to new research conducted at the University of Bath and the University of Cambridge in the UK, so-called ‘junk’ DNA could be responsible for preventing breast cancer

Atomo Diagnostics Receives $6 Million To Launch Its HIV Test In Emerging Markets

February 3, 2016 - According to a press release issued by Australia- based test developer, Atomo Diagnostics, the company has received $6 million in loan money from the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF) in support of their self-diagnostic for HIV infection.

Gene Editing Approved For Research On Human Embryos In UK

February 2, 2016 - The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the UK, has approved a research proposal to use gene editing in human embryos to further understand the genetic basis of inherited diseases.

More Woes For Indian Pharma As FDA Alleges Wockhardt Concealed Failed Tests

February 2, 2016 - According to a report constructed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indian pharmaceutical company Wockhardt concealed the results of failed tests and discarded data at its manufacturing facility in Western India.

Pfizer’s Lyrica Recalled Due To Heat Damage

February 1, 2016 - Pfizer has recalled almost 150,000 bottles of Lyrica – a best-seller used to treat nerve pain – after learning that the pharmaceuticals may have been exposed to extreme heat during transportation, leading to damage.

Neurochemical Variants Could Be Safer Alternative To Morphine

February 1, 2016 - According to researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, an analog of the neurochemical endomorphin could be just as effective as morphine at treating pain, without the addictive qualities of the drug.

Generics Kept From Market In Favour Of High- Priced Brand-Name Drugs

January 29, 2016 - According to an article published in the American Society of Hematology journal, Blood, pharmaceutical companies are engaging in practices designed to prevent affordable, generic version of drugs off the market.

Growth Factor May Have Neuroprotective Effects On Aging Brain

January 29, 2016 - Dr. Aron S. Buchman and his colleagues at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, have conducted research to find out what effect brain- derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has on cognitive decline associated with advanced age.

Off-Label Use Of Avastin Prompts Investigation By Roche

January 28, 2016 - Fifteen patients in India were hospitalized with vision problems last week after taking Roche’s cancer drug, Avastin, for off-label treatment of macular degeneration.

UK Cost Agency Backs Seven Biologics For Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 28, 2016 - The National Institute for Heath and Care Excellence (NICE) – a UK cost-effectiveness agency – is backing seven biological disease modifying drugs designed to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Replacement Pancreatic Cells Could Be Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes

January 27, 2016 - Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston Children’s Hospital, have designed a novel material for encapsulation of pancreatic cells, which may allow the cells to be transplanted into patients with type 1 diabetes.

Double Approval For Amgen’s Kyprolis and Repatha

January 27, 2016 - Amgen has started 2016 on a strong note, with two regulatory approvals for the company’s drugs Kyprolis and Repatha.

Alkermes Depression Drug Fails Phase III Clinical Trial

January 26, 2016 - A new depression drug – ALKS-5461 – in development by biopharmaceutical company Alkermes, has failed the first two of three Phase III clinical trials.

Over 80 Pharmaceutical Companies Join Forces For Antibiotics R&D

January 26, 2016 - During the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week, over 80 pharmaceutical companies – including major players like GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Merck – pledged to devote more resources to the development of new antibiotics.

Two GlaxoSmithKline Scientists And Three Others Arrested After Attempting To Steal Biopharma Trade Secrets

January 22, 2016 - According to a statement released by the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, five individuals – including two GlaxoSmithKline employees – have been charged with attempting to steal trade secrets from the biopharma giant.

Shkreli and Schiller To Testify At Congressional Hearing On Drug Pricing

January 22, 2016 - Former Turing Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli, and Valeant Pharmaceutical’s interim CEO Howard Schiller are expected to participate in a Congressional hearing on pharmaceutical pricing set for January 26.

New Drug May Stop Cancer- Causing Epstein-Barr Virus

January 21, 2016 - Researchers at Duke University have found that the drug rapamycin may be effective at controlling cell division of B cells infected with the Epstein-Barr virus.

Sanofi Pasteur Provides Funding To The Human Vaccines Project

January 21, 2016 - Sanofi’s vaccines unit, Sanofi Pasteur, has agreed to partially fund the Human Vaccines Project – a non- profit, global consortium of researchers and private partners working towards a better understanding of the human immune system.

Dissolvable Brain Sensor Developed To Monitor Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury

January 20, 2016 - A group of neurosurgeons and engineers from the Washington University School of Medicine, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, have developed a bioresorbable brain sensor that eliminates the need for additional surgery to remove the device.

FDA Highlights Cybersecurity Measures For Medical Device Manufacturers

January 20, 2016 - Earlier this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance document detailing measures to be taken by medical device manufacturers, in order to ensure the postmarket cybersecurity of their devices.

French Drug Trial Leaves One Participant Brain Dead, Five Others Seriously Ill

January 19, 2016 - During a Phase I clinical trial run by French drug evaluation company, Biotrial, six participants became critically ill – one of which has now been declared brain dead.

Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Inhibit Progression of Pancreatic Cancer

January 19, 2016 - Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital believe they have identified the mechanism behind diabetes drug metformin’s ability to stop the progression of pancreatic cancer.

Politics Of Cancer Prevents Development Of A Cure, Says VP Joe Biden

January 18, 2016 - US Vice President Joe Biden announced his cancer moonshot program – an initiative backed by an infusion of funding into cancer research – following the death of his son to brain cancer last year.

Bayer Opens Manufacturing Facility In China For OTC Drugs

January 18, 2016 - Last week, German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, opened a manufacturing plant in China, where both traditional Chinese medicines and Western over-the- counter (OTC) drugs, will be made.

Zika Virus Diagnosed In US Has Experts Calling For Vaccine

January 15, 2016 - An individual in Texas has been diagnosed with a Zika virus infection – a pathogen that has been linked to birth defects in newborns.

Dr. Robert Califf Approved By Senate Panel As FDA Commissioner

January 15, 2016 - Back in September of 2015, President Barack Obama named Dr. Robert Califf – a respected cardiologist and researcher – as his nomination for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

Multi- Drug Microcapsules Could Improve Chemotherapy Drug Delivery

January 14, 2016 - Researchers from Ohio State University in the US and the University of Science and Technology of China have developed tiny capsules capable of keeping two cancer drug ingredients separated until they are triggered by a signal to mix at the site of a tumor

Immunotherapy Potentially Effective Against Two Deadly Ebola Strains

January 14, 2016 - Antibodies developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), may be effective against the two most lethal strains of the Ebola virus.

Illumina To Develop Blood Test For Early Detection Of Cancer

January 13, 2016 - San Diego-based sequencing company Illumina has announced they will be developing blood tests for early-detection of a wide range of cancers, before patients develop any symptoms.

Arthritis Drug Could Prove Useful In Treating BRCA1 -Positive Ovarian Cancer

January 13, 2016 - According to a study led by researchers at the University of Plymouth in the UK, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis – called auranofin – could improve patient outcomes for women with ovarian cancer with a BRCA1 mutation.

Shire Finalizes Deal To Acquire Baxalta For $32 Billion

January 12, 2016 - After six months of negotiations, Shire has finally announced they’ve reached an agreement to acquire Baxalta for $32 billion.

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Collaborations And Seeks Hepatitis B Cure

January 12, 2016 - In anticipation of the 33rd annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Johnson & Johnson will be announcing 21 new collaborations covering experimental disease treatments, medical devices and consumer health products.

90 Percent Of Americans Consume An Excess Of Salt According To The CDC

January 11, 2016 - According to a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine in every ten Americans ingest more than what is recommended for daily sodium intake.

Elsevier Launches New Open Access Journal For Clinical Trial Professionals

January 11, 2016 - Elsevier Launches New Open Access Journal For Clinical Trial Professionals

Charles River Announces Acquisition of WIL Research

January 8, 2016 - Early yesterday, contract research organization (CRO) Charles River Laboratories announced they had entered into an agreement to acquire WIL Research for an estimated $585 million

Roche Looks To Assess Arthritis Drug As Possible Treatment For PAH

January 8, 2016 - Swiss drugmaker Roche has formed an alliance with the UK’s Department of Health to conduct a series of clinical trials aimed at determining whether the company’s arthritis biologic, tocilizumab (or Actemra), is effective at treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Sanofi To Cease Marketing Of MannKind’s Inhaled Insulin, Afrezza

January 7, 2016 - The company says the decision was made based on the lackluster number of prescriptions for Afrezza, despite launching a targeted “Surprise, it’s insulin” campaign in 2015, along with additional investments in marketing.

American Association Of Advertising Agencies To Lobby Against Proposed DTC Ad Ban

January 7, 2016 - The advertising trade group known as the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) published an op-ed piece on PharmExec.com on Monday promising to defend the industry’s right to use direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Diagnostic Test Developer bioMérieux Receives FDA Class I Recall

January 6, 2016 - Just before the end of 2015, France-based antibiotic test developer, bioMérieux, received notice that their diagnostic tests would be subject to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Class I recall due to the risks that the tests could produce false positives.

Indian Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, Cadila, Receives FDA Warning Letter

January 6, 2016 - Cadila Healthcare is the latest to receive a warning letter from the agency for activities conducted at the company’s plants in Moraiya and Ahmedabad, though as of yet it’s unknown exactly what issues were identified at the facilities.

KaloBios Files For Bankruptcy Following Martin Shkreli’s December Arrest

January 5, 2016 - Now that Shkreli is facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly committing securities fraud, KaloBios’ revival was short- lived as they file for Chapter 11.

Bayer and CRISPR Therapeutics Collaborate To Develop Cures For Genetic Diseases

January 5, 2016 - Late last month, Bayer and CRISPR Therapeutics announced their intention to form a joint venture combining the CRISPR- Cas9 gene editing tool created by its namesake company with Bayer’s knowledge of disease treatment.

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