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Major Step for Implantable Drug Delivery Device

June 29, 2015 9:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases.

BIO 2015: How the 'Internet of Everything' Will Impact Digital Health

June 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The panel analyzed how the proliferation of internet-connected communication devices, like...

Global Gene Therapy Deals Sky-Rocketed to Nearly $5B in 2014

June 25, 2015 8:28 am | by Adam Dion, MS, Senior Industry Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

The total number of deals in the global gene therapy market more than doubled from 16 in 2013 to...

Doctors Propose Tool to Help Gauge the Value of Cancer Drugs

June 24, 2015 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors group on...

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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Pipeline Dominated by Early-Stage Development

June 22, 2015 9:07 am | by Joshua Libberton, Analyst, GBI Research | Articles | Comments

While the Phase III portion of the pipeline is comparatively small, it is followed by a relatively large Phase II, indicating that there will be a sustained stream of products moving through the later development stages.

Biomedical Breakthrough: Carbon Nanoparticles You Can Make at Home

June 18, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.

Study Points to Drug Target for Huntington’s Disease

June 17, 2015 11:34 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Huntington’s disease attacks the part of the brain that controls movement, destroying nerves with a barrage of toxicity, yet leaves other parts relatively unscathed.

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Avocados May Hold Answer to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

Chemists Find Efficient, Scalable Way to Synthesize Potential Brain-Protecting Compound

June 16, 2015 9:04 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Chemists have invented the first practical, scalable method for synthesizing jiadifenolide, a plant-derived molecule that may have powerful brain-protecting properties.

MERS Not Given Same Vaccine Attention as Ebola, Other Viruses

June 16, 2015 8:51 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A MERS outbreak has infected about 150 people in South Korea, after a businessman apparently brought the virus back from the Middle East. Authorities are scrambling to control the spread of the illness, known fully as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. But a vaccine is not among their tools – since it doesn’t yet exist, and is probably not close to being developed.

New Type of Drug Can Target All Disease-causing Proteins

June 12, 2015 10:51 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Current drugs block the actions of only about a quarter of known disease-causing proteins, but researchers have developed a technology capable of not just inhibiting, but destroying every protein it targets.

Study Shows ADHD Drug May Improve Cognitive Difficulties for Menopausal Women

June 12, 2015 10:31 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

According to a new study, women experiencing difficulty with time management, attention, organization, memory, and problem solving – often referred to as executive functions – related to menopause may find improvement with a drug already being used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Axial Spondyloarthritis Treatment Market Value Will Almost Double to $2.9B by 2024

June 11, 2015 9:44 am | by Heather Leach, Ph.D., Immunology Analyst, GlobalData | Articles | Comments

Greater awareness of inflammatory back pain will lead to an increase in diagnosed prevalent cases of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) across the 7MM by 2024.

Body's Response to Spicy Foods Guides Design of New Pain Relief Drugs

June 10, 2015 11:05 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

Researchers have identified the molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body’s primary receptor for sensing heat and pain, paving the way for the design of more selective and effective drugs to relieve pain.

Biotech Company Focuses on Developing Needle-Free Vaccines

June 3, 2015 8:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A company in the Netherlands is working on a needle-free vaccine candidate for treating human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

23andMe's Plan to Harness Data for Disease Treatments

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The company's massive database of genetic information it collected over the years will play an important role in this new project.

Peeking into Healthy Brains to See if Alzheimer's is Brewing

May 26, 2015 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

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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 opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse.

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 genomic analysis tools match up.

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 aging brain and muscle tissue.

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. 

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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