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CDC Develops Faster Test for Enterovirus D68

October 15, 2014 8:34 am | Videos | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has implemented a faster lab test to detect enterovirus D68, which will take days instead of weeks.                  

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How Plasma Transfusions, Antibodies Fight Ebola

October 15, 2014 8:27 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ.

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Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions in Ebola Care

October 15, 2014 8:21 am | by MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press; MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses' union.

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Merck Ex-Financial Analyst Facing Insider Trading Charge

October 15, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

A former senior finance analyst at Merck & Co. is facing an insider trading charge after authorities said Tuesday that he passed secrets to a friend he met at college that earned $722,000 in illegal profits.       

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LSNE Appoints New Vice President of Quality

October 15, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

Lyophilization Services of New England (LSNE), a New Hampshire based contract manufacturing organization, is pleased to announce that Thomas McGrath has been named Vice President of Quality.          

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Shire: AbbVie Should Proceed with $55B Acquisition

October 15, 2014 8:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shire wants AbbVie to stick with its roughly $55 billion acquisition bid, and it is reminding its U.S. counterpart of the hefty breakup fee it will receive if things don't work out.            

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Second Person in Texas Tests Positive for Ebola

October 15, 2014 8:02 am | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press; NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.      

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CDC: 76 Texas Health Care Workers Monitored for Ebola

October 14, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Officials say they are actively monitoring 76 hospital workers in Dallas who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan or his blood when he was being treated for Ebola.             

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FDA: Little Evidence to Drop Chantix Boxed Warning

October 14, 2014 11:50 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators say Pfizer has provided low-quality evidence to support its request to remove a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior. The twice-a-day tablet has carried the FDA's strongest warning label, known as a black box, since 2009 following reports of suicidality, hostility and depression among some patients.

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Sucampo Announces Extension of AMITIZA License and Collaboration Agreement With Takeda

October 14, 2014 9:08 am | News | Comments

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals has announced that it signed an amendment to the existing collaboration and license agreement covering the United States and Canada for AMITIZA with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.        

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Study: 14 Million People Contract Major Diseases From Smoking

October 14, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

More than seven million smokers have the lung disease emphysema, roughly half of all smoking-related diseases in the U.S. Also, teen baseball pitchers who throw more than 100 pitches a week could have problems with shoulder development.   

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FDA Accepts Pfizer's Palbociclib New Drug Application for Priority Review

October 14, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

This NDA requests FDA approval of palbociclib, in combination with letrozole, as a first-line treatment for postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor positive (ER+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer who have not received previous systemic treatment for their advanced disease.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacyclics and Janssen Announce Clinical Collaboration to Evaluate OPDIVO® and IMBRUVICA® in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

October 14, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

The Phase 1/2 study will focus on evaluating the safety and anti-tumor activity of combining OPDIVO and IMBRUVICA as a potential treatment option for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), follicular lymphoma (FL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

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New Jersey Enforces Isolation Order for NBC Crew

October 14, 2014 8:36 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey officials have issued a mandatory quarantine order for members of an NBC crew that was exposed to a cameraman with Ebola. The order went into effect after state health officials said a voluntary 21-day isolation agreement was violated.

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CDC Urges All US Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

October 14, 2014 8:32 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every hospital must know how to diagnose Ebola in people who have been in West Africa and be ready to isolate a suspected case, Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.      

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