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Neurotrope Initiates Phase 2a Study of Bryostatin for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease - Doses First Patients

July 29, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Neurotrope announced today that it has initiated a Phase 2a clinical trial to evaluate bryostatin for the treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Bryostatin is a potent modulator of the enzyme protein kinase C epsilon (PKCe).  

Two Americans Have Ebola in Liberia

July 28, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an...

Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says

July 28, 2014 8:20 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his...

Police Seek Man Who Refused Tuberculosis Treatment

July 25, 2014 8:46 am | News | Comments

Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a...

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Study: Acetaminophen Does Not Lessen Back Pain

July 24, 2014 8:35 am | Videos | Comments

New research casts doubt on the most common treatment for lower back pain. Also, checking your pulse frequently after a stroke may be the best way to prevent another stroke.             

When Will We Learn?

July 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Blogs | Comments

Humans are a strange lot. We are more than willing to believe just about any product claim in the hopes that an easy solution to our problem can be found inside a pill, tablet or liquid.           

Common Hysterectomy Procedure May Spread Uterine Cancer

July 23, 2014 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

A new study is raising questions about a common hysterectomy procedure, power morcellation, that may spread cancer that has not yet been detected.                  

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Survey Finds Sharp Increase in Teen Use of HGH

July 23, 2014 8:38 am | by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey. 

Health Department: West Virginia Clinic Reused Needles

July 22, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

Health officials on Monday advised patients of a West Virginia pain management clinic to be tested for blood-borne infectious diseases after an investigation found that needles had been reused.          

Genetic Mapping Triggers New Hope on Schizophrenia

July 22, 2014 8:38 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many years away. Already, the new results provide the first hard genetic evidence to bolster a theory connecting the immune system to the disease.

Arizona Execution Drug Case Heads to Supreme Court

July 22, 2014 8:27 am | by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press; JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A case challenging Arizona's refusal to reveal detailed information about the lethal drugs it plans to use to put an inmate to death is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The dispute centers on whether a man convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend and her father has a constitutional right to know more about his execution than Arizona officials have been willing to disclose.

Hopkins Settles Pelvic Exam Suits for $190M

July 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck.   

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Why Isn't There a Vaccine for AIDS Yet?

July 21, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have been working on an AIDS vaccine since the 1980s. So what's taking so long?                           

Chikungunya Virus Cases Reported in the U.S.

July 21, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

Health alert issued for the viral disease that originated in the Caribbean.                             

AIDS Conference Honors Victims of Ukraine Jet Crash

July 21, 2014 8:48 am | News | Comments

An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on Sunday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.           

Firefighter Loses Hand to Flesh-Eating Bacteria

July 21, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

A Rhode Island firefighter who got an infection after being pricked by a thorn has lost his hand to flesh-eating bacteria.                     

Results From Phase 3 VIVID-DME Trial of EYLEA Injection for the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema Show Sustained Improvement

July 18, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) announced that in the Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of diabetic macular edema showed a sustained improvement from baseline in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at week 100 (2 years), compared to laser photocoagulation.

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AstraZeneca Reveals Designs For New R&D Center & Corporate HQ In Cambridge, UK

July 18, 2014 9:08 am | by AstraZeneca | News | Comments

AstraZeneca today revealed the proposed designs for its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge in the UK. The plans for the new facility, which will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), include designs for the Global Centre, an R&D Enabling Building and an Energy Centre.

Newly Discovered Gene Stops The Spread Of Cancer

July 17, 2014 4:10 pm | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way to fight one of the world's deadliest cancers.                             

Researcher Unlocks Next Step in Creating HIV-1 Immunotherapy

July 17, 2014 4:06 pm | by George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences | News | Comments

The road to finding a cure for HIV-1 is not without obstacles. However, thanks to cutting-edge research performed at the George Washington University (GW), Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Rochester, and UC San Francisco, the scientific community is one step closer to finding a viable immunotherapy option for HIV-1, using an immune attack against a fossil virus buried in the genome.

Researchers Target ALS With Stem Cells

July 17, 2014 8:58 am | Videos | Comments

The Mayo Clinic is testing the safety and effectiveness of taking stem cells from a patient's own fat and injecting them into their spinal fluid to slow the progression of ALS.             

Trying Gene Therapy to Create a Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 8:33 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.       

Studies See New Risks for Cholesterol Drug Niacin

July 16, 2014 6:31 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.  

Study: US Alzheimer's Rate Seems to Be Dropping

July 16, 2014 8:47 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.

Number of People with HIV Unchanged Since 2012

July 16, 2014 8:45 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday.

Warm Weather Stirs Up Brain-Eating Amoeba Warning

July 15, 2014 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

A nine year old Kansas girl is the latest victim of a rare brain infection that lives in warm, standing water.                       

Worldwide Alzheimer's and Dementia Epidemic Grows

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | News | Comments

While the global epidemic of Alzheimer's disease continues to grow, new data on lower incidence in the "youngest old" from developed countries in Europe and the United States suggest the possibility of reducing risk and/or preventing the disease, according to the results of several research studies announced at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

Targacept’s Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug Misses Phase 2b Objectives

July 14, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

In the trial, TC-1734 did not meet the objective of showing superiority to donepezil, the marketed medication most often prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease, after 52 weeks of treatment. The trial did not include a placebo arm and was not designed to determine whether TC-1734 is equivalent to donepezil.

Why Aren't All Vaccines Needle-Free?

July 14, 2014 9:10 am | Videos | Comments

There are already several needle-free vaccines on the market, so why can't all vaccines come without a painful jab in the arm?                     

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