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Scientists map genetic codes of dangerous bacteria

Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming’s nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.

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AbbVie RA drug succeeds in late-stage study

AbbVie Inc.’ experimental drug upadacitinib met the main goal of halting progression of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis in a late-stage trial.

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Tricida Reports Positive Pivotal Phase 3 Study Results

Tricida Inc. announced results from its pivotal Phade 3 clinical trial for TRCA-301 in 217 chronic kidney disease patients with metabolic acidosis.

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Merck’s Keytruda shows promise in treating advanced melanoma

Merck & Co. Inc. said long-term data from its cancer immunotherapy Keytruda showed promise in treating advanced melanoma patients, a day after announcing positive lung cancer data from the same treatment.

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Mixed study results for cancer drug combo

Mixed results were reported from closely watched studies combining Bristol-Myers Squibb’s cancer immunotherapy Opdivo with Nektar Therapeutics’ experimental drug NKTR-214.

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Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in two trials

Merck & Co.’s immunotherapy Keytruda improved survival as a stand-alone treatment for newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and with chemotherapy for hard-to-treat squamous cell lung cancer.

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Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy: study

Some 70 percent of women with early-stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can safely skip chemotherapy after tumor removal, U.S. researchers said.

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Roche drugs show limited benefit in lung, breast cancer trialsd

In a disappointment for Roche Holding, two of its oncology drugs provided only modest protection from disease progression in lung cancer and breast cancer, according to data from separate clinical trials.

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Esketamine Shows Promise in Depression Studies

Janssen, part of Johnson & Johnson, announced results from two long-term Phase III trials of esketamine nasal spray in patients with treatment-resistant depression.

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Madrigal Pharma reports liver drug study success

Madrigal Pharmaceuticals’ shares more than doubled after mid-stage trial data showed the company’s lead drug reduced liver fat in patients with fatty liver disease.

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