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Anemia is a decrease in normal number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. However, it can include decreased oxygen-binding ability of each hemoglobin molecule due to deformity or lack in numerical development as in some other types of hemoglobin deficiency. The three main classes of anemia include excessive blood loss (acutely such as a hemorrhage or chronically through low-volume loss), excessive blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or deficient red blood cell production (ineffective hematopoiesis). Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. There are several kinds of anemia, produced by a variety of underlying causes. Anemia can be classified in a variety of ways, based on the morphology of RBCs, underlying etiologic mechanisms, and discernible clinical spectra, to mention a few.
Single dose restores normal cellular signaling in mouse model of autism

Single dose restores normal cellular signaling in mouse model of autism

In a further test of a novel theory that suggests autism is the consequence of abnormal cell communication, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that an almost century-old drug approved for treating sleeping sickness also restores normal cellular signaling in a mouse model of autism, reversing symptoms of the neurological disorder in animals that were the human biological age equivalent of 30 years old. [More]
Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALXN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to Soliris® (eculizumab) for the treatment of patients with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), a rare, debilitating neurologic disorder caused by uncontrolled complement activation. [More]
Survivors of childhood cancers hospitalized more often many years after cancer treatment

Survivors of childhood cancers hospitalized more often many years after cancer treatment

Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and for longer durations because of blood disorders and other problems, many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
Mexican immigrants relocating to the U.S. more likely to experience declines in health

Mexican immigrants relocating to the U.S. more likely to experience declines in health

Mexican immigrants who relocate to the United States often face barriers like poorly paying jobs, crowded housing and family separation. Such obstacles - including the migration process itself - may be detrimental to the health of Mexican immigrants, especially those who have recently moved. [More]
New insight into how malaria parasites perturb flow may lead to novel treatments

New insight into how malaria parasites perturb flow may lead to novel treatments

All the billions of flat, biconcave disks in our body known as red blood cells (or erythrocytes) make three basic, tumbling-treadmill-type motions when they wend their way through the body's bloodstream ferrying oxygen from our lungs to our brains and other tissues. That is, unless they are infected with malaria parasites, in which case their motions are completely different. [More]
Protein may be key to maintaining health of aging blood stem cells

Protein may be key to maintaining health of aging blood stem cells

A protein may be the key to maintaining the health of aging blood stem cells, according to work by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recently published online in Stem Cell Reports. [More]
FDA accepts Pharmacyclics' IMBRUVICA sNDA for review

FDA accepts Pharmacyclics' IMBRUVICA sNDA for review

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for filing its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to support the review of IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) in the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who have received at least one prior therapy for a full approval. [More]
Researchers recommend iron supplementation to women with heavy menstrual bleeding

Researchers recommend iron supplementation to women with heavy menstrual bleeding

A study by researchers from Finland found that diagnosis and treatment of anemia is important to improve quality of life among women with heavy periods. [More]
Tolero Pharmaceuticals reports positive interim results from alvocidib Phase 2 trial for AML treatment

Tolero Pharmaceuticals reports positive interim results from alvocidib Phase 2 trial for AML treatment

Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for oncology and blood disorders, reported positive interim results from an ongoing, randomized Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead drug candidate, alvocidib, in combination with cytarabine plus mitoxantrone for previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. [More]
Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Interim data from Promedior’s PRM-151 Phase 2 myelofibrosis clinical trial to be presented at 19th EHA Congress

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that Ruben Mesa, MD, will present interim data from the Company's ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead product candidate, PRM-151, for the treatment of myelofibrosis, in a poster presentation on June 14, 2014 at the 19th Congress of European Hematology Association (EHA) which is being held in Milan, Italy, from June 12-15, 2014. [More]
Incyte’s ruxolitinib Phase III study for polycythemia vera achieves primary endpoint

Incyte’s ruxolitinib Phase III study for polycythemia vera achieves primary endpoint

Incyte Corporation (Nasdaq: INCY) today announced results from the RESPONSE trial, the first pivotal Phase III study evaluating a JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor for the treatment of polycythemia vera (PV). [More]
Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA): an interview with Dr. Kramer, VP, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Medical Unit, Genentech

Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (PJIA): an interview with Dr. Kramer, VP, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Medical Unit, Genentech

Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (PJIA) is a type of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), a group of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diseases that manifests in multiple ways in children. [More]
ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced, for the first time, data from its Phase 2 trial of Iclusig (ponatinib) in adult patients with refractory metastatic and/or unresectable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). [More]
Novartis LDE225 Phase II study for advanced basal cell carcinoma meets primary endpoint

Novartis LDE225 Phase II study for advanced basal cell carcinoma meets primary endpoint

Novartis announced today the results of a pivotal Phase II trial demonstrating that patients with locally advanced (laBCC) or metastatic basal cell carcinoma (mBCC) taking the investigational oral compound LDE225 (sonidegib) had marked and sustained tumor shrinkage after a median follow-up of 13.9 months. [More]
Findings could lead to treatments for blood disorders associated with iron deficiencies and overloads

Findings could lead to treatments for blood disorders associated with iron deficiencies and overloads

A UCLA research team has discovered a new hormone called erythroferrone, which regulates the iron supply needed for red blood-cell production. [More]
ImmunoGen reports favorable clinical results from STARLYTE Phase II trial of SAR3419 for DLBCL

ImmunoGen reports favorable clinical results from STARLYTE Phase II trial of SAR3419 for DLBCL

ImmunoGen, Inc., a biotechnology company that develops novel anticancer therapeutics using its antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology, today announced the presentation of favorable clinical findings with SAR3419 (coltuximab ravtansine) from the STARLYTE Phase II trial in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). [More]
Fibrogen reports FG-3019 Phase 2 study results for treatment of pancreatic cancer

Fibrogen reports FG-3019 Phase 2 study results for treatment of pancreatic cancer

FibroGen, Inc. today announced results from a Phase 2 open-label study of FG-3019, an investigational anti-fibrotic antibody, in combination with gemcitabine and erlotinib for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). [More]
Promedior reports positive preliminary data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial for myelofibrosis

Promedior reports positive preliminary data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial for myelofibrosis

Promedior, Inc., today announced positive preliminary data from its Phase 2 trial of PRM-151, an anti-fibrotic immunotherapy, in patients with myelofibrosis which demonstrated biologic activity with improvements across clinically relevant measures, including bone marrow fibrosis, hemoglobin, platelets, spleen, and symptoms. [More]
Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Lilly announces agreement to pursue regulatory approval of Cialis

Sanofi and Eli Lilly and Company today announced an agreement to pursue regulatory approval of nonprescription Cialis (tadalafil). [More]
New understanding of toxicity levels of chemotherapy regimens used for early stage breast cancer

New understanding of toxicity levels of chemotherapy regimens used for early stage breast cancer

Oncologists now have a new understanding of the toxicity levels of specific chemotherapy regimens used for women with early stage breast cancer, according to research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]