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Amyloidosis is the term applied to a group of conditions caused by deposits of an abnormal protein called amyloid. This rare but serious condition affects between 1 and 5 people in every 100,000 each year in the UK. The condition is mainly seen among the elderly.
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust selects OpenText to manage scanned legacy case-notes

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust selects OpenText to manage scanned legacy case-notes

OpenText, the global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced today that it has been selected by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to manage its scanned legacy case-notes. [More]
RNA interference approach holds great promise for treating cancer and other diseases

RNA interference approach holds great promise for treating cancer and other diseases

Inspired by tiny particles that carry cholesterol through the body, MIT chemical engineers have designed nanoparticles that can deliver snippets of genetic material that turn off disease-causing genes. [More]
Early onset of dietary treatment may slow down progression of Alzheimer's disease

Early onset of dietary treatment may slow down progression of Alzheimer's disease

New research findings indicate that an early onset of dietary treatment may slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The study was conducted on mice, and the results will be published in the February issue of Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland played a key role in the study, which was carried out as part of the LiPiDiDiet project funded by the European Union. [More]
Early onset of dietary treatment may slow down progression of Alzheimer's, says research

Early onset of dietary treatment may slow down progression of Alzheimer's, says research

New research findings indicate that an early onset of dietary treatment may slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The study was conducted on mice, and the results will be published in the February issue of Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. [More]
Study: Cholesterol levels linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease in the brain

Study: Cholesterol levels linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease in the brain

High levels of "good" cholesterol and low levels of "bad" cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. [More]
Diflunisal drug reduces neurological decline in patients with familial transthyretin amyloidosis

Diflunisal drug reduces neurological decline in patients with familial transthyretin amyloidosis

A recent study led by researchers from the Amyloidosis Center at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center demonstrates that diflunisal, a generic anti-inflammatory drug, successfully reduced neurological decline and preserved the quality of life in patients with familial transthyretin amyloidosis. Diflunisal is an inexpensive and safe medication marketed over the past 40 years for arthritis and pain. [More]
Alnylam initiates Phase II study with ALN-TTRsc for treatment of ATTR

Alnylam initiates Phase II study with ALN-TTRsc for treatment of ATTR

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has initiated a pilot Phase II study with ALN-TTRsc, a subcutaneously delivered RNAi therapeutic targeting the transthyretin gene in development for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis. [More]
Alnylam presents new pre-clinical data with ALN-AT3 for treatment of hemophilia and RBD

Alnylam presents new pre-clinical data with ALN-AT3 for treatment of hemophilia and RBD

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has presented new pre-clinical data with ALN-AT3, a subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic targeting antithrombin (AT) for the treatment of hemophilia and rare bleeding disorders (RBD), at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) held December 7 - 10, 2013 in New Orleans. [More]
Takeda presents clinical study results of oral proteasome inhibitor MLN9708 in multiple myeloma patients

Takeda presents clinical study results of oral proteasome inhibitor MLN9708 in multiple myeloma patients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced final Phase 1 and preliminary Phase 2 results of a study combining oral investigational MLN9708 administered twice a week with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. [More]
BUSM & BMC win GCE grant to develop next-generation condom using nanotechnology

BUSM & BMC win GCE grant to develop next-generation condom using nanotechnology

The department of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [More]

Alnylam advances Development Candidate for ALN-AS1 for treatment of hepatic porphyrias

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it is advancing its Development Candidate for ALN-AS1, an RNAi therapeutic targeting aminolevulinate synthase-1 (ALAS-1) for the treatment of hepatic porphyrias including acute intermittent porphyria (AIP). [More]

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Domino transplant saves patient suffering from liver cancer

Domino transplant saves patient suffering from liver cancer

Tiffany Schwantes was going to die without a new liver. The 31-year old mother of two suffered from an aggressive form of liver cancer and, because of organ allocation rules, she could not be placed high enough on the liver transplant list to receive a new liver in a timely manner. [More]

FDA grants Orphan Drug Designation to Alnylam ALN-AT3 for treatment of hemophilia B

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an Orphan Drug Designation to ALN-AT3 as a therapeutic for the treatment of hemophilia B. [More]
BMC, BUSM and JIPMER to jointly research on tuberculosis

BMC, BUSM and JIPMER to jointly research on tuberculosis

Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partnering with the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research to study tuberculosis. This research is supported by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Indo-U.S. Vaccine Action Program. [More]

Alnylam releases positive top-line data from ALN-TTRsc Phase I trial for TTR-mediated amyloidosis

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today positive top-line results from its ongoing Phase I trial of ALN-TTRsc, a subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic targeting the transthyretin gene for the treatment of TTR-mediated amyloidosis. [More]
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals presents new pre-clinical data of ALN-AT3 at ISTH meeting

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals presents new pre-clinical data of ALN-AT3 at ISTH meeting

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has presented new pre-clinical data from its RNAi therapeutic program for the treatment of hemophilia and rare bleeding disorders. [More]

Alnylam presents new pre-clinical data of ALN-CC5 for treatment of complement-mediated diseases

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has presented new pre-clinical data with ALN-CC5, an RNAi therapeutic targeting complement component C5. [More]

Takeda begins MLN9708 phase 3 clinical trial in newly diagnosed myeloma patients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited today announced the initiation of an international phase 3 clinical trial evaluating once a week MLN9708 in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are not candidates for transplant. [More]

Alnylam reports pre-clinical data from ALN-AS1 program for treatment of AIP

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that it has presented key pre-clinical proof-of-concept data from its RNAi therapeutic program targeting aminolevulinate synthase-1 (ALAS-1) for the treatment of porphyria including acute intermittent porphyria. [More]