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May 28, 2015

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May 28, 2015

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/r in Hepatitis C: Indication of Added Benefit in Certain Patients

May 28, 2015 — The new drug combination showed an advantage in three of a total of 16 patient groups, particularly regarding virologic response. The extent of added benefit remains unclear, ... read more

US Healthcare: Medication Data Provides Insights Into Who Is Covered by ACA

May 27, 2015 — As the US Supreme Court considers the legality of tax subsidies to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an investigation provides an unprecedented look at prescription data ... read more

Common Cancer Drug Increases Collagen in Melanoma

May 27, 2015 — Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, and investigators are uncertain how its presence affects the behavior of melanoma cells. The goal of their study was to understand how the ... read more

Are Antidepressants More Effective Than Usually Assumed?

May 27, 2015 — Many have recently questioned the efficacy of the most common antidepressant medications, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. The conclusion that these drugs are ineffective is however ... read more

Cocaine Addiction, Craving and Relapse

May 26, 2015 — One of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and abstinence. But new research reveals that changes in our DNA during drug withdrawal may ... read more

Study Links Better 'Good Cholesterol' Function With Lower Risk of Later Heart Disease

May 26, 2015 — HDL, the 'good cholesterol' helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. Yet recent drug trials and genetic studies suggest that pushing HDL levels ... read more

Psychedelic Drugs Should Be Legally Reclassified as They May Benefit Patients, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — Legal restrictions imposed on medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin (the compound found in 'magic' mushrooms), are making trials almost impossible and authorities ... read more

Drug Treatment to Prevent Hip Fracture Is Neither Viable nor Cost Effective, Experts Say

May 26, 2015 — The current focus on drugs to prevent hip fractures is neither viable as a public health strategy nor cost effective, argue an international team of ... read more

Investigational Immunotherapy Treatment Shows Durable Response in Patients With Metastatic Melanoma

May 26, 2015 — Advanced-stage melanoma patients have significant improvement in durable response rate when treated with a genetically-modified form of a herpes virus, whose native form causes the common cold sore, ... read more

Study Suggests Using Excess Stress to Kill Therapy Resistant Breast Cancer

May 26, 2015 — Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, according to a study. Looking at tumor ... read more

May 26, 2015 — We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don't respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. Now, researchers have ... read more

Nanotechnology Identifies Brain Tumor Types Through MRI 'Virtual Biopsy' in Animal Studies

May 26, 2015 — A tiny drug-delivery system has been invented that can identify cancer cell types in the brain through 'virtual biopsies' and then attack the molecular structure of the disease. The results ... read more

New Findings About Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain Reveal Novel Therapeutic Strategies

May 26, 2015 — A critical role for a class of cells present in the brain and spinal cord, called microglia, has been discovered for those in pain. Researchers have found microglia to neuron signaling to be crucial ... read more

Two New, Very Large Classes of RNAs Found to Be Linked to Cancer Biomark

May 26, 2015 — Two new classes of RNAs have been identified that are closely associated with a protein known to be a prognostic biomarker for breast cancer and could play a role in progression of prostate ... read more

New UK Research 'Challenges the Assumption That Arthritis Patients Take Their Medication Regularly'

May 26, 2015 — 40% of UK arthritis patients scored low on an adherence questionnaire at least once during their time in a recent study, indicating that they might not be taking their expensive biological therapies ... read more

A New Use for Statins: Asthma

May 26, 2015 — Statins inhaled as a spray can treat symptoms of asthma, researchers report. The findings support that statins should be explored as a new class of inhaler therapy for asthma. According to the ... read more

Appropriate Duration of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy Still Unclear

May 25, 2015 — A systematic review of published evidence does little to clarify the appropriate duration of dual antiplatelet therapy following drug eluting stent placement. The evidence suggests that longer ... read more

May 25, 2015 — Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and ... read more

Nano-Capsules Designed for Diagnosing Malignant Tumors

May 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed adaptable nano-capsules that can help in the diagnosis of glioblastoma cells -- a highly invasive form of brain ... read more

'Pain Sensing' Gene Discovery Could Help in Development of New Methods of Pain Relief

May 25, 2015 — A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery could have implications for the development of new ... read more

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