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Merck fails to win FDA panel backing for Vytorin heart claim

Merck & Co should not be allowed to claim that its cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary heart disease, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Monday. The panel evaluated data from an 18,000-patient trial known as Improve-It whose results showed […]

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Moderate drinking may be tied to fewer deaths in early Alzheimer’s

<span class="articleLocation”>(Reuters Health) – People with early Alzheimer’s disease who consumed light to moderate amounts of alcohol every day were less likely to die during a recent one-year study, researchers found. “These results are somewhat surprising because Alzheimer´s disease is a neurodegenerative disease and we know that alcohol can have harmful effects on the brain,” […]

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Moderate drinking may be tied to fewer deaths in early Alzheimer’s

(Reuters Health) – People with early Alzheimer’s disease who consumed light to moderate amounts of alcohol every day were less likely to die during a recent one-year study, researchers found. “These results are somewhat surprising because Alzheimer´s disease is a neurodegenerative disease and we know that alcohol can have harmful effects on the brain,” said […]

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AstraZeneca chases Acerta to secure next cancer drug winner

AstraZeneca said on Monday it was in talks that might lead to the acquisition of privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma, a potential $5 billion-plus deal designed to build up its cancer drug portfolio.   “AstraZeneca confirms that it is exploring potential strategic options with Acerta Pharma BV. There can be no certainty that any […]

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Reckitt Benckiser misled consumers on Nurofen painkillers: Australian court

An Australian court ordered Reckitt Benckiser to pull several of its Nurofen pain relief products from the market, saying on Monday the British firm had misled consumers by marketing identical products for different types of pain.   The Federal Court ruled that the Nurofen Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine Pain and Tension Headache products were […]

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“Cooling Cap” Device Helps Prevent Complications During Heart Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem Cardiovascular InstituteStudy

Technology used to keep astronauts cool in their spacesuits and protect our soldiers from brain injuries on the battlefield is now being used on heart patients. The idea is to induce hypothermia in the head during surgery to protect it.   Sources: http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Cooling-cap-device-helps-prevent-complications-during-heart-surgery-361317141.html BioSpace http://www.biospace.com/News/cooling-cap-device-helps-prevent-complications/402953

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Drug approvals top 2014 high but R&D returns still struggle

The number of new drugs approved in the United States this year has already topped last year’s 18-year high, yet large pharmaceutical companies are still struggling to get a decent return on their research dollars.   In fact, returns on research and development (R&D) spending by the world’s top drugmakers have fallen to just 4.2 […]

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Atara Biotherapeutics stops development of kidney drug

Atara Biotherapeutics Inc said it would stop developing its kidney drug after the treatment failed to meet the main goal of a mid-stage study. The drug developer said on Monday that the drug, PINTA 745, did not improve physical function, levels of inflammation and blood sugar in patients in the study. Atara’s shares fell nearly […]

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BTG gets triple dose of good news on new products

Specialist medicine company BTG received a triple dose of good news on Monday as U.S. regulators approved two new treatments and a clinical trial of a novel lung device produced positive results. U.S. green lights for Vistogard and Lumi, for chemotherapy overdoses and tumors, and the success of PneumRx coils in severe emphysema may help […]

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Sangamo reports promising preliminary trial data on HIV drug

Sangamo BioSciences Inc reported promising preliminary data from two mid-stage studies of its experimental HIV/AIDS therapy. The studies evaluated the drug, codenamed SB-728-T, delivered using a common virus called an adenovirus. Preliminary data suggested that delivering the drug to the target using the virus was better for immune stimulation and control of viral load in […]

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