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Combining medications may increase HBsAg loss in HBV patients

Combining medications may increase HBsAg loss in HBV patients

Combining tenofovir disoproxil fumarate with pegylated interferon alfa-2a may improve the chances of hepatitis B surface antigen loss in patients with hepatitis B virus infection, suggests a randomised trial. [More]
Two-drug combination improves progression-free survival in patients with advanced melanoma

Two-drug combination improves progression-free survival in patients with advanced melanoma

Patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer survive for longer without their disease progressing if they have been treated with a combination of two drugs, nivolumab and ipilimumab, than with either of these drugs alone. New results show that these patients also do better regardless of their age, stage of disease and whether or not they have a cancer-driving mutation in the BRAF gene. [More]
Amgen gets positive CHMP opinions for Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and BLINCYTO (blinatumomab)

Amgen gets positive CHMP opinions for Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and BLINCYTO (blinatumomab)

"We are pleased to receive positive CHMP opinions for Kyprolis and BLINCYTO as this is an important step in providing new treatment options for patients in Europe with rare forms of cancer," said Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development at Amgen. [More]
Arsenic trioxide feasible in low-, high-risk acute promyelocytic leukaemia

Arsenic trioxide feasible in low-, high-risk acute promyelocytic leukaemia

The use of arsenic trioxide instead of idarubicin in combination with all-trans retinoic acid is a feasible option in patients with acute promyelocytic leukaemia, regardless of risk level, suggests a phase III trial. [More]
New study finds link between maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy and metabolic diseases in offspring

New study finds link between maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy and metabolic diseases in offspring

A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development of muscle problems in mothers and their male offspring. [More]
Amgen, Xencor partner to develop and commercialize new therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy, inflammation

Amgen, Xencor partner to develop and commercialize new therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy, inflammation

Amgen and Xencor, Inc. announced today that the two companies have entered into a research and license agreement to develop and commercialize novel therapeutics in the areas of cancer immunotherapy and inflammation. [More]
Inhibiting key protein involved in glucose production may help in treating type 2 diabetes

Inhibiting key protein involved in glucose production may help in treating type 2 diabetes

Some treatments for type 2 diabetes make the body more sensitive to insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests a different strategy: slowing the production of glucose in the liver. [More]
Unituxin (dinutuximab) granted EC Marketing Authorisation for treatment of childhood neuroblastoma

Unituxin (dinutuximab) granted EC Marketing Authorisation for treatment of childhood neuroblastoma

United Therapeutics Corporation announced today that the European Commission (EC) has granted Marketing Authorisation for Unituxin (dinutuximab) for the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma in patients aged 12 months to 17 years, who have previously received induction chemotherapy and achieved at least a partial response, followed by myeloablative therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). [More]
Genotype A HBV mapped in acute, chronic Japanese patients

Genotype A HBV mapped in acute, chronic Japanese patients

Not only is genotype A the most common genotype among Japanese patients with acute hepatitis B virus infection, but its prevalence is spreading among young adults with chronic HBV infection, shows a nationwide study. [More]
Hepatic ALT flares linked to HBsAg clearance

Hepatic ALT flares linked to HBsAg clearance

Hepatic alanine aminotransferase flares are associated with rapid decline and greater annual reductions of hepatitis B surface antigen in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection who achieve HBsAg seroclearance, say Japanese researchers. [More]
dlDNA marks progression of HBV-related liver disease

dlDNA marks progression of HBV-related liver disease

The level of serum duplex-linear DNA increases markedly with liver disease progression and development of hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, suggests research published in Gut. [More]
Trabectedin may be better than dacarbazine for treatment of soft tissue sarcoma

Trabectedin may be better than dacarbazine for treatment of soft tissue sarcoma

Janssen Research & Development, LLC announced data from the Phase 3 multicenter study SAR3007, which demonstrated a significant improvement in progression-free survival with trabectedin (YONDELIS®) compared to dacarbazine in patients with advanced liposarcoma (LPS) or leiomyosarcoma (LMS) previously treated with an anthracycline and at least one additional chemotherapy regimen. [More]
Meta-analysis sheds light on effectiveness of chronic HBV treatments

Meta-analysis sheds light on effectiveness of chronic HBV treatments

A meta-analysis of treatments for chronic hepatitis B virus infection suggests that tenofovir disoproxil fumarate is the most effective option for patients positive and negative for hepatitis B e antigen, but the latter group may also benefit from entecavir treatment. [More]
First European approval of drug to treat genetic kidney disease ADPKD

First European approval of drug to treat genetic kidney disease ADPKD

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for JINARC® (tolvaptan) for the treatment of ADPKD in adults who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage one to three at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease [More]
Amgen to present clinical data on multiple blood cancer treatments at EHA 2015

Amgen to present clinical data on multiple blood cancer treatments at EHA 2015

Amgen today announced that it will present data from multiple Kyprolis (carfilzomib) for Injection, BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), oprozomib and Nplate (romiplostim)‎ studies at the 20th Congress of the European Hematology Association taking place in Vienna, June 11 - 14, 2015. [More]
Certain metabolites in the blood could predict clinical outcome in children undergoing heart surgery

Certain metabolites in the blood could predict clinical outcome in children undergoing heart surgery

The study, published today in the journal Critical Care Medicine and carried out at Royal Brompton Hospital, followed children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease, and found that by analysing metabolites in the blood -- molecules created as a result of metabolism -- it was possible to predict a child's clinical outcome. [More]
Patients with adefovir-resistant HBV benefit from TDF monotherapy

Patients with adefovir-resistant HBV benefit from TDF monotherapy

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate alone elicits a response comparable to that of TDF plus entecavir in heavily pretreated patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection resistant to adefovir dipivoxil, research suggests. [More]
Remogliflozin etabonate: A potential treatment option for management of NASH and NAFLD

Remogliflozin etabonate: A potential treatment option for management of NASH and NAFLD

Data presented today at The International Liver Congress 2015 demonstrates that remogliflozin etabonate, an investigational drug in type 2 diabetes, is a potential treatment option for the management of patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). [More]
No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

No effect of baseline cirrhosis on long-term TDF treatment outcomes

Research suggests that virological, serological and histological outcomes are comparable between cirrhotic and noncirrhotic patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection undergoing long-term tenofovir disoproxil fumarate treatment. [More]
Fourth-line bosutinib ‘appropriate’ after prior CML treatment failure, intolerance

Fourth-line bosutinib ‘appropriate’ after prior CML treatment failure, intolerance

A Spanish study suggests that bosutinib can help improve or maintain response in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia after treatment failure of three previous tyrosine kinase inhibitors. [More]
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