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Scientists Find Way to Boost Healthy Cells During Chemo

December 12, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

It’s well known that chemotherapy helps fight cancer. It’s also known that it wreaks havoc on normal, healthy cells. Scientists are closer to discovering a possible way to boost healthy cell production in cancer patients as they receive chemotherapy. 

Laughing Gas Studied as Depression Treatment

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, has shown early promise as a potential treatment for...

Injectable 3-D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have shown a non–surgical injection of programmable biomaterial that...

Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit...

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Resistance and Futility

December 5, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have revealed how penicillin deals bacteria a devastating blow— which may lead to new ways to thwart drug resistance. Looking beyond penicillin’s known targets in the cell wall, the team showed that these drugs do more than simply block cell-wall assembly.

A Poisonous Cure

December 5, 2014 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Take two poisonous mushrooms, and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases.                       

Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.                             

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Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

December 1, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A breast cancer vaccine developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is safe in patients with metastatic breast cancer, results of an early clinical trial indicate.                   

Merry Marijuana: Pot Sellers Woo Holiday Shoppers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Kristen Wyatt - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.                  

Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.                        

A Hybrid Vehicle That Delivers DNA

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn’t measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies.   

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Merck, Iowa Firm Sign Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Merck & Co., a top creator and seller of vaccines, has joined the fight against Ebola, the often-fatal hemorrhagic virus that's been ravaging parts of West Africa for months.                     

Exciting Gains in Fighting Breast Cancer Hormone-therapy Resistance

November 24, 2014 1:56 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Guided by breakthrough research on the Estrogen Receptor 1 (ESR1) gene, many researchers and pharmaceutical companies are in hot pursuit of the next big anti-resistance breast cancer drug.                  

Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

Imaging Method Could Improve Asthma Treatment

November 14, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the over five million people in the UK suffering from asthma.

WHO Sees Few Promising Ebola Drugs in Pipeline

November 14, 2014 6:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official with the U.N. health agency says few experimental therapies are currently under development that could effectively treat Ebola.                               

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The Odd Ouster of Sanofi’s Former CEO

November 13, 2014 9:29 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chris Viehbacher, the high-flying pharma executive, had his career with Sanofi derailed for a variety of surprising factors. Here's a look at the odd ouster of the former CEO.                    

Gene Study Boosts Interest in Heart Drug

November 12, 2014 5:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half. That discovery may have a big implication for a blockbuster heart drug.           

Altered Milk Protein Can Deliver AIDS Drug to Infants

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to new research.              

Ebola Health Lessons: A Wake-up Call

November 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

After months of delayed, fragmented responses, the international medical community recognized Ebola as a threat to global health security. Here’s where the situation stands today as well as questions raised and lessons learned.        

Vaccine Spray May Not Work for Swine Flu in Kids

November 6, 2014 3:55 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, health officials said Thursday.                       

Cancer Immunotherapy Toxic to Obese Rats

November 3, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Immunotherapy that can be effective against tumors in young, thin mice can be lethal to obese ones, a new study has found. The findings suggest a possible link between body fat and the risk of toxicity from some types of immunotherapy.     

Study IDs Possible Target to Treat Cocaine Addiction

October 31, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

A new study has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction. Investigators found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.

Patient-relevant Preclinical Models Using Image-guided Small Animal Irradiation

October 28, 2014 11:33 am | by Dr. Rajendra Kumari, Chief Scientific Officer, PRECOS Ltd., a Crown Bioscience Company | Articles | Comments

Radiotherapy is a primary, adjuvant or neoadjuvant treatment for a number of different cancers, such as glioblastoma, breast, lung and prostate. Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) is used to reduce the amount of radiation delivered to the normal tissue surrounding the targeted tumor. However, in the preclinical setting, the use of IGRT is less common.

Heart Drug Helps Treat ALS in Mice

October 27, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Digoxin, a medication used in the treatment of heart failure, may be adaptable for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, paralyzing disease, suggests new research.                  

Medical Pot Dilemma: Where to Get the First Seeds?

October 27, 2014 8:25 am | by Carla K. Johnson - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

As more states legalize medical marijuana, there's one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law.                            

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses Ready in 2015

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.                 

Scientists to Use Tiny Particles to Fight Big Diseases

October 23, 2014 12:49 pm | Videos | Comments

Physicians will tell you: They are not winning the war on ovarian cancer. But researchers have combined medicine and advanced nanotechnological engineering to create a smarter, more targeted therapy that could overcome the most lethal gynecologic cancer.

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