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October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

Virus-Drug Combination Shows Improved Effectiveness Against Brain Tumor Cells

Oct. 6, 2015 — A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have ... read more

Speeding Up TB Detection in Cambodia

Oct. 5, 2015 — Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major health problem in Cambodia. New research in the slums of Phnom Penh, where tuberculosis (TB) wreaks havoc, has helped to develop a more effective approach to ... read more

Divorcing Drugs and Violence Is Key to Saving U.S. Drug Policy, Research Shows

Oct. 1, 2015 — New research is being used in public policy discussions surrounding changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing ... read more

Word 'Breakthrough' Dramatically Affects Perceptions of a New Drug's Effectiveness

Sep. 28, 2015 — Researchers recently took a look at how catchphrases such as 'breakthrough' and 'promising' affect public perception of a new drug. And, the findings of their research study show ... read more

New Drug Improves Outcome in Treatment Resistant Kidney Cancer

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new drug for renal cell carcinoma slowed the growth of advanced kidney cancer in patients who became resistant to the first-line therapies that had previously kept it in check, according to results ... read more

Immunotherapy Superior to Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer in International Trial

Sep. 28, 2015 — "Game-changing results” have been announced by a team of scientists using the immunotherapy drug nivolumab to treat certain lung cancers that failed to respond to first-line ... read more

Two-Drug Combo Helps Older Adults With Hard-to-Treat Depression

Sep. 27, 2015 — More than half of older adults with clinical depression don't get better when treated with an antidepressant. But results from a multicenter clinical trial indicates that adding a second drug -- ... read more

Fungi May Lead to Cheaper Cancer Treatment, Study Suggests

Sep. 24, 2015 — Cheaper anti-cancer drugs for humans might ultimately stem from a new study. Scientists have developed a kind of microbial 'bandage' that protects yew trees from disease-causing fungi. The ... read more

Gene Expression Studies Reveal Drug Combination Effective Against Schistosomiasis

Sep. 24, 2015 — Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by parasitic worms endemic in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America. It is currently treated by the drug praziquantel ... read more

Concerns Over FDA's Increasing Use of Expedited Development and Approval Pathways

Sep. 23, 2015 — Two studies carried out by US researchers raise questions about whether most new drugs are any more effective than existing products or whether they have been adequately assessed before ... read more

New Study Questions Clinical Trial Data for Kidney Cancer Drugs

Sep. 23, 2015 — For certain cancer drugs, participants in clinical trials are often not representative of the patients that ultimately take the drugs, raising questions about the direct applicability of trial data, ... read more

Molecular 'Feedback Loop' May Explain Tamoxifen Resistance in Patients With Breast Cancer

Sep. 23, 2015 — For reasons unknown, many patients with breast cancer treated with the estrogen receptor-blocking drug tamoxifen eventually become resistant to the treatment despite the fact that their cancer cells ... read more

Scientists Identify Key Morphine Regulator That May Reduce Risk of Pain-Killer Abuse

Sep. 22, 2015 — A specific molecule controls morphine receptor signaling in a small group of brain cells, a new study has demonstrated. The findings could lead to a new drug target for developing less-addictive pain ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers have devised a novel type of graphene oxide-based biosensor that could potentially significantly speed up the process of drug development. The outstanding properties of this carbon ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — One form of pancreatic cancer has a new enemy: a two-drug combination that inhibits tumors and kills cancer cells in mouse models. For the first time, researchers have shown that a certain protein ... read more

New Smart Robot Accelerates Cancer Treatment Research

Sep. 22, 2015 — A new smart research robot accelerates research on cancer treatments by finding optimal treatment combinations, experts report. For patients with the same cancer type returning multiple times, ... read more

Brentuximab Vedotin Effective, Safe in Elderly Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

Sep. 21, 2015 — Bretuximab vedotin is an effective and safe first course of treatment for older Hodgkin lymphoma patients unfit for chemotherapy, a new report suggests. While standard chemotherapy can achieve ... read more

Malaria: Multi-Drug Resistance More Alarming Than Ever

Sep. 21, 2015 — The efforts of the international community for the past ten years in the fight against malaria have reduced the number of disease-related deaths. The in vitro examination of a strain of parasites ... read more

Alzheimer's Drug Could Prevent Bone Fractures

Sep. 21, 2015 — The most common drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease increases bone mass in mice, according to a recent article. Researchers say this means the drug could also be used to treat bone loss ... read more

Phase 3 Women-Only HIV Study Sheds Light on Safe and Effective Antiretroviral Treatments

Sep. 21, 2015 — Results from the first phase 3 HIV study to enroll only women show improved safety and efficacy of the drug Stribild over multi-pill antiretroviral drug ... read more

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