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Biothera Joins Cancer Research UK Combinations Alliance

December 18, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

Biothera has joined AstraZeneca, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and Company, MedImmune and Verastem as the latest pharmaceutical partner in Cancer Research UK's Combinations Alliance.           

Experts: It Was A Busy, Black-Eye Year for Disease Control

December 18, 2014 9:32 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are celebrating some important victories in 2014, and Time magazine even named...

Supplement Maker Lied About Ingredients

December 18, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his...

More Setbacks for Efforts to Cure HIV Infections

December 18, 2014 8:17 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS...

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U.S. Incentive Program May Alter the Challenging Economics of Ebola Vaccines

December 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law a little piece of legislation that may significantly change the economics of making drugs or vaccines to protect against Ebola and other viruses in its deadly family.     

Study: Removing Clot Helps Limit Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014 2:54 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up severely disabled.           

Fourteen Charged for Roles in Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide and was traced to tainted drug injections.        


Flu Spreading Just Ahead of the Holidays

December 17, 2014 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

Several states are experiencing widespread flu outbreaks just prior to the holidays which could result in even more cases reported. Dr. Richard Besser tracks the growing concerns about the effectiveness of this season's vaccine.               

Massachusetts Doctor Cured of Ebola Returning to Liberia

December 17, 2014 8:47 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts doctor cured of Ebola says he's returning in January to Liberia, the West African country where he contracted the virus, to continue working at a medical mission.            

Brain-Injury Program Working With NFL Players

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | News | Comments

Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced yesterday that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program.   

Napster Co-Founder to Invest in Allergy Research

December 17, 2014 8:30 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napster co-founder Sean Parker says he missed most of his final year in high school and has ended up in the emergency room countless of times because of his deadly allergy to nuts, shellfish and other foods.        

Pfizer Starts Phase II Study of PF-06252616 in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

December 17, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Pfizer has announced enrollment of the first patient in a multicenter Phase II clinical trial of the investigational compound PF-06252616 in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.


Drug Resistant 'Super Bacteria' Found in Rio's Olympic Waters

December 16, 2014 8:55 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil's most respected health research institute, said it has discovered bacteria that produce an enzyme that make it resistant to most forms of treatment in water samples taken from various spots along the Carioca River. Among the spots is where the river flows into the city's Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 sailing and wind surfing events.

Survey: E-Cigs Surpass Regular Cigarettes in Teen Use

December 16, 2014 8:34 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.     

Actavis Details Management Structure Post Allergan Acquisition

December 16, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Actavis has announced the planned senior management team that will lead the global pharmaceutical company following the successful close of the acquisition of Allergan anticipated in the second quarter of 2015.       

Could "Superbug" Infections Kill Millions Per Year?

December 15, 2014 9:05 am | Videos | Comments

CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips weigh in on the threat of a drug-resistant superbug and the use of antibiotics in the U.S.           

France Wants to Legalize Terminal Sedation

December 15, 2014 8:57 am | by SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press | News | Comments

France's president wants to allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid a national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia. Francois Hollande stopped short of recommending lethal injections and avoided the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide, highly sensitive issues in this majority-Catholic country.


Mice Used as "Avatars" for Cancer Patients Drug Testing

December 15, 2014 8:42 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same — with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents.

California Battling Worst Pertussis Epidemic in 70 Years

December 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A total of 9,935 cases of whooping cough cases were reported to the California Department of Public Health from Jan. 1 to Nov. 26. That's the highest number in 70 years. The cases include one infant who died.       

New Tool Could Help Prevent the Flu

December 11, 2014 1:48 pm | Videos | Comments

A new website tracks the flu virus by location in an effort to try to prevent infection.                           

Can We Really Beat Cancer?

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | Videos | Comments

Oncologist and CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus discusses a revolutionary approach for the treatment of cancer which was featured on "60 Minutes."                

Woman 'Burns' From Inside Out After Reaction to Friend's Meds

December 11, 2014 11:49 am | Videos | Comments

Yassmeen Castanada, 19, is in intensive care after suffering an allergic reaction to a friend's medicine.                        

Swiss Researchers Suspend Ebola Vaccine Trial

December 11, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss researchers have suspended the testing of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates after some volunteers reported unexpected side effects. The Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve said the trial had been suspended "as a precautionary measure." The study involving 59 people began in November.

Milions of Americans Have Unpaid Medical Bills

December 11, 2014 8:21 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers, 42.9 million people, have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The findings suggest that many Americans are being trapped by debt because they are confused by the notices they get from hospitals and insurance companies about the cost of treatment.

New Solutions Boost Flexibility in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 10, 2014 4:03 pm | by Julie Ackerman Montross, Senior Director, PR and Communications, PMMI | Blogs | Comments

Enhancing the flexibility of operations is swiftly becoming a major priority for pharmaceutical manufacturers. In Accenture’s 2013 marketing study of leading manufacturers, 82 percent of respondents agreed “the ability to flexibly and dynamically move product from one facility to another or to change the product mix at an existing facility to match demand is critical to achieving our growth goals.”

Ebola Fighters Named Time Person of the Year

December 10, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday. The runners-up included Ferguson, Missouri, protesters; Russian President Vladimir Putin; Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani; and Jack Ma, the China-based founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba.

PDA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

December 10, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) announced today the results of its 2014 Board of Directors election. PDA members voted for four volunteer directors over a period of three months this past fall.         

Report Outlines Dangers of Mixing Painkillers

December 10, 2014 8:33 am | Videos | Comments

A new report finds almost 60 percent of Americans who take opioid painkillers combine them with other prescriptions medications resulting in potentially deadly combinations.             

New Warning for Insulin Users

December 10, 2014 8:26 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Britain say that there is a link between high doses of insulin and increased risk of diseases like cancer, heart attack or stroke. Also, new guidance on the hours surgical residents should work.       

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