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Promising Malaria and Dengue Vaccines Will Not Defeat Diseases

May 21, 2015 9:02 am | by Christopher J. Pace, Ph.D., GlobalData Managing Analyst, Infectious Diseases | Articles | Comments

The company expects that while vaccines will be an essential component of future dengue and malaria prevention and control efforts, immunization cannot succeed as a silver bullet solution for either disease.

Discovery Opens Door for Homemade Morphine, Painkillers

May 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using...

The U.S. Installs New Guidelines for Genetic Testing Accuracy

May 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The hope is that this standard can be used among the scientific community to see how well their...

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

May 18, 2015 9:39 am | by University of California Berkeley | News | Comments

Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate...

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Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

May 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

These companies are having an interesting year so far.

Personalized Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer Shows Encouraging Results

May 13, 2015 9:32 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Standard versions of this screening process would have only been able to pinpoint ovarian cancer in less than half of this group.

GSK Creates New Startup to Find Cure for HIV

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are teaming up to run this operation. 

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The BioDigital Human: Exploring Health in 3D

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been hailed as the equivalent of Google Maps for the human body by The New York Times, and now the award-winning mobile-friendly platform BioDigital Human is looking to change the way healthcare information is shared, consumed and understood.

Epilepsy Drug Could Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease

May 11, 2015 10:30 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

Researchers say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

IBM Starts New Precision Medicine Program

May 11, 2015 9:14 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Watson, the supercomputer seen on Jeopardy, will play an important role in this partnership.

J&J Seeks Bioethics Advice on Compassionate Use of Drugs

May 7, 2015 10:44 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Dying patients sometimes seek emergency access to experimental medicines, desperate for a last-chance treatment even if there's little proof it could help. Now drug giant Johnson & Johnson is taking an unusual step, turning to independent bioethicists for advice on when to say yes or no.

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Market Value Will Exceed $13 Billion

May 7, 2015 8:54 am | by Kyle S. Nicholson, PharmD, GlobalData Neurology Analyst | Articles | Comments

Disease-modifying treatments and novel symptomatic therapies with innovative mechanisms of action will enter the arena during the forecast period and become routinely used in care.

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Study Finds New Potential Melanoma Drug Target

May 6, 2015 10:10 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new treatment for melanoma could be on the horizon. The authors of a new study report that they found high levels of an enzyme in melanoma samples that they believe is a potential drug target.

Prolonged Statin Use May Lower Risk of Lung Cancer Death

May 4, 2015 10:26 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

Lung cancer patients who used statins in the year prior to a lung cancer diagnosis or after a lung cancer diagnosis had a reduction in the risk of death from the disease, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Is the World Failing in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance?

April 30, 2015 9:06 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Only 34 out of 133 countries participating in the recent survey of countries in the six WHO regions have a comprehensive national plan to fight resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines.

Genocea's GEN-003 in Prime Position to Lead GH Vaccine Space

April 28, 2015 1:08 pm | by Daian Cheng, Ph.D., GlobalData Infectious Disease Analyst | Articles | Comments

An analysis of Genocea Biosciences’ investigational genital herpes (GH) vaccine, GEN-003. 

Link Between Serotonin and Depression is a Myth, Says Psychiatrist

April 23, 2015 9:31 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

The widely held belief that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin and that certain antidepressants raise the levels of this neurotransmitter, is a myth, according to a psychiatrist in an editorial article in The BMJ this week.

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With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts on Potential Vaccine

April 22, 2015 10:52 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount.

Regulatory and Clinical Factors Limiting US Non-Vascular Stent Market Growth

April 21, 2015 2:36 pm | by Priya Radhakrishnan, Director of Medical Devices, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The future growth of the non-vascular stent market by 2021 will be slower in the US than almost every other major market.

Researchers Test Blood-Based Biopsy for Finding Cancer

April 21, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This method is delivering some promising results in early trials.

Announcing the Winners of The Inaugural Interphex Exhibitor Awards

April 21, 2015 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Here are the winners of the INTERPHEX Exhibitor Awards for 2015.

Detecting Low-Quality Antimalarial Drugs With a Lab-On-Paper

April 21, 2015 11:51 am | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

Access to high-quality medicine is a basic human right, but more than four billion people live in countries where many medications are substandard or fake.

Immunotherapy is Not a Curiosity Anymore

April 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the main sessions at this year’s Experimental Biology Conference in Boston was the Tang Prize Award lecture. 

Cell Type Responsible for Scarring, Skin-cancer Growth Identified

April 17, 2015 3:12 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

A single cell type in the skin of mice is a major contributor to scarring after wound healing or radiation damage, and facilitates the growth of melanoma. Blocking the cell’s activity in humans may be possible with currently approved drugs.

Angiogenesis Inhibitors Undermined by Immune Cells, Says Study

April 17, 2015 2:57 pm | by University of California San Francisco | News | Comments

Research suggests strategy to prevent relapse after therapies targeting tumor blood vessels.

Wearable Device Slows Deadly Brain Tumors

April 15, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Virginia | News | Comments

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans.

A Patch for Peanut Allergies

April 9, 2015 11:13 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

French biopharmaceutical company DBV Technologies moves closer to bringing its peanut allergy patch to market, receiving Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it prepares to launch its Phase 3 trial.

Experimental Cancer Drug Restores Memory in Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s

April 1, 2015 11:07 am | by Bill Hathaway, Yale University | News | Comments

Memory and as well as connections between brain cells were restored in mice with a model of Alzheimer’s given an experimental cancer drug.

Stanford Professor Receives $1M Stem Cell Grant for 'Bubble Boy' Disease

March 27, 2015 3:20 pm | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

With this award, Stanford has received a total of around $297 million from CIRM.

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