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Why Pharma Must Change Its Model

A difficult feat to accomplish in business is to make dramatic change in the midst of current success. History is littered with companies that were once on top of the world and today are non-existent or merely footnotes because they were unable to make sustainable changes when times were good and yet change was required. […]

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FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc’s Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. The agency issued the advisory some 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the vulnerability in the pump, […]

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More research links sedentary time to diabetes

People who are inactive for hours on end each day may be more likely to develop diabetes than people who spend more time moving around, a study confirms. Researchers gave accelerometers to about 2,000 people to track their movements during waking hours for one week. Five years later, compared to people who were sedentary for […]

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FDA says investigating latest cyclosporiasis outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is investigating the latest outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been notified of about 358 confirmed cases of the infection until Thursday, the FDA said in a statement on its website. (1.usa.gov/1SQUB6Z) The agency said it has […]

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For seniors, sexual activity is linked to higher quality of life

Older adults who value sexual activity and engage in it have better social lives and psychological well-being, according to a small study in Scotland. Older adults said “they miss and want to engage in sexual behaviors, whether that be a kiss to intercourse,” said study coauthor Taylor-Jane Flynn in an email. “For many, these behaviors […]

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Vaccine success holds hope for end to deadly scourge of Ebola

The world is on the verge of being able to protect humans against Ebola, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective. Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck (MRK.N) and NewLink Genetics’ (NLNK.O) VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000 people who […]

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Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows

Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers who analyzed how often women exercised while in their teens found that being active for just 1.3 hours a […]

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WHO’s Chan says initial results from Ebola vaccine trial promising’

Initial results from an Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea are “exciting” and “promising” and suggest the shot could help bring an end to West Africa’s epidemic, World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan said on Friday. “If proven effective, this is going to be a game changer, and it will change the management of the […]

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AstraZeneca Halts Three Clinical Trial Programs, Reports Six Quarters of Top-line Growth

At the very end of its 2015 half-year financial report, on page 49, AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) noted the termination of three projects between April 1 and June 30. They were a program for selumetinib for uveal melanoma, tenapanor for ESRD-pi/CKD with T2DM and Nexium for refractory reflux esophagitis. The selumetinib and tenapanor programs were halted […]

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FDA Approves Bayer’s Finacea (azelaic acid) Foam, 15% for the Topical Treatment of the Inflammatory Papules and Pustules of Mild to Moderate Rosacea

WHIPPANY, N.J., July 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bayer HealthCare today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Finacea® (azelaic acid) Foam, 15% for the topical treatment of the inflammatory papules and pustules of mild to moderate rosacea. The approval is based on results from two pivotal clinical trials examining the efficacy and […]

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Donald Trump Hates Obamacare – So I Asked Him How He’d Replace It

Donald Trump is leading in numerous major polls of GOP presidential candidates. And the first Republican presidential debate is looming next week. Whether or not you think Trump’s a spectacle, I think it’s past time to start taking him seriously. Even when it sounds like he’s trying to be funny. Take his comments on health […]

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Healthcare deals lift July to 7th busiest M&A month on record

A surge of takeover activity involving healthcare, financial and retail companies lifted the value of deals in July over $430 billion, making it the seventh-busiest mergers and acquisition month on record, Thomson Reuters data showed. A total of $436.4 billion worth of deals had been concluded as of July 30, including 14 bumper deals worth […]

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Novel 3D Human Skin Tissue Model Could Help Detect Presence Of Known Skin Sensitizers In Medical Device

New research shows that exposing a 3D human skin tissue model to extracts of medical device materials can detect the presence of sensitizers known to cause an allergic response on contact in some individuals. Conventional skin sensitization testing of medical devices relies on animal testing, whereas human skin models could replace animal methods, according to […]

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Another Study Questions The Benefit Of Fish Oil Supplements, University of Pennsylvania Reveals

Penn Study Questions Presence In Blood Of Heart-Healthy Molecules From Fish Oil Supplements Findings Provide More Data that Fish Oil Supplements’ Clear Benefit is Suspect PHILADELPHIA – The importance of a diet rich in fish oils – now a billion dollar food-supplement industry — has been debated for over half a century. A few large […]

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First Artificial Ribosome Designed, University of Illinois Researchers Reveal

Researchers Design First Artificial Ribosome Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University have engineered a tethered ribosome that works nearly as well as the authentic cellular component, or organelle, that produces all the proteins and enzymes within the cell. The engineered ribosome may enable the production of new drugs and next-generation […]

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Despiting Ramping Up In-House R&D, Eli Lilly and Pfizer Remain Committed to CROs

July 31, 2015By Alex Keown, BioSpace.com Breaking News Staff CHICAGO – Despite Pfizer’s (PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company’s (LLY) expansion of research and development facilities, the two major pharmaceutical companies say they both plan on continuing to use contract research organizations (CRO), Outsourcing-Pharma reported this morning. Earlier this month, Pfizer announced plans to consolidate […]

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Watch Out Gilead, Investors Feel Vertex May Be Biogen’s Good Fit

July 31, 2015By Alex Keown, BioSpace.com Breaking News Staff CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A Bloomberg survey of 30 investors indicates Biogen (BIIB) needs to enter the M&A fray sooner than expected in order to boost revenue, the business site reported this morning. Asthika Goonewardene, a health-care analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, said the Boston-based drugmaker should acquire […]

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Abbott Snags Tendyne for $225 Million, Cephea Valve for Undisclosed Sum

Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) on Thursday said it would buy a small private company and has invested in another, with an option to buy, as it places bets on the future growth potential of minimally invasive systems to replace diseased heart valves. Abbott said it has agreed to acquire the equity in Minnesota-based Tendyne Holdings Inc […]

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Cellecta, Inc. Announces Launch Of Human Whole Genome CRISPR Knockout Library

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cellecta, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of products and services for gene function analysis and biomarker discovery, announced the release of its pooled CRISPR Guide RNA (sgRNA) Knockout Library targeting all human protein coding genes. CRISPR technology enables researchers to specifically and permanently “knock out” a gene’s function. […]

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Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Study Affirms Accuracy Of Free Mobile App That Screens For Liver Disease In Newborns

Researchers confirm accuracy of PoopMD app to read stool color and to speed recognition of biliary atresia In a small study, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center report they have verified the ability of a free smartphone app to accurately read, interpret and record the color of a newborn’s poop as a possible early […]

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