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Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

Scientist develops highly accurate device for diagnosing fatal lung disease

A scientist from the University of Exeter has developed a simple, cheap and highly accurate device for diagnosing a frequently fatal lung disease which attacks immune deficient individuals such as cancer patients and bone marrow transplant recipients. [More]
Immune marker predicts infection risk in critically ill children with traumatic injuries

Immune marker predicts infection risk in critically ill children with traumatic injuries

Researchers studying critically ill children with traumatic injuries have identified an immune marker that predicts which patients are likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection. [More]
Janssen seeks expanded approval of VELCADE from EU for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Janssen seeks expanded approval of VELCADE from EU for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Janssen-Cilag International NV today announced its submission of a type II variation to the European Medicines Agency to expand the label for VELCADE (bortezomib) to include its use, in combination with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and prednisone, for the treatment of adult patients with previously untreated Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL). [More]
Actinium's Chairman to discuss role of alpha-particle radiopharmaceuticals at SNMMI Annual Meeting

Actinium's Chairman to discuss role of alpha-particle radiopharmaceuticals at SNMMI Annual Meeting

Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Actinium" or "the Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative targeted payload immunotherapeutics for the treatment of advanced cancers, today announced that Actinium's Clinical Advisory Board Chairman Joseph Jurcic, MD will participate in an upcoming panel discussion highlighting the role of Actinium's alpha-particle radiopharmaceuticals in the treatment of leukemia 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]
Ibrutinib outperforms ofatumumab as second-line therapy for CLL treatment

Ibrutinib outperforms ofatumumab as second-line therapy for CLL treatment

In a head-to-head comparison of two Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs for the treatment of relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), ibrutinib significantly outperformed ofatumumab as a second-line therapy, according to a multicenter interim study published in the OnLine First edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. [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]
Promedior to present interim data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial at ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting

Promedior to present interim data from PRM-151 Phase 2 trial at ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting

Promedior, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that principal investigator, Srdan Verstovsek, MD, PhD, 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 2, 2014 at the American Society for Clinical Oncology 2014 Annual Meeting. [More]
Melbourne researchers find link between necroptosis and inflammatory disease

Melbourne researchers find link between necroptosis and inflammatory disease

A team of Melbourne researchers has shown a recently discovered type of cell death called necroptosis could be the underlying cause of inflammatory disease. [More]
Comer Children's Hospital offers high-dose radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma

Comer Children's Hospital offers high-dose radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital has become the first in Illinois to offer pioneering, targeted, high-dose, intravenous radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma and other difficult-to-treat cancers. [More]
Longer looks: Exercise to treat depression; crowdsourcing treatment decisions; nitroglycerin shortage

Longer looks: Exercise to treat depression; crowdsourcing treatment decisions; nitroglycerin shortage

Depression is the most common mental illness-;affecting a staggering 25 percent of Americans-;but a growing body of research suggests that one of its best cures is cheap and ubiquitous. [More]
Researchers suggest potential treatment target for HCMV infection

Researchers suggest potential treatment target for HCMV infection

Discovering where a common virus hides in the body has been a long-term quest for scientists. Up to 80 percent of adults harbor the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), which can cause severe illness and death in people with weakened immune systems. [More]
CIBMTR recognizes SCCA's Fred Hutchinson Bone Marrow Transplant Program

CIBMTR recognizes SCCA's Fred Hutchinson Bone Marrow Transplant Program

The Fred Hutchinson Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was recently recognized by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research for outperforming its expected one-year survival rate for allogeneic transplant patients. The results published by the CIBMTR, analyzed the National Marrow Donor Program's (NMDP) registry of 168 U.S. transplant centers over a three-year period for its 2013 Transplant Center-Specific Survival Report. [More]
Researcher to receive AACR- Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for achievement in cancer research

Researcher to receive AACR- Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for achievement in cancer research

John F. DiPersio, M.D., Ph.D., will be recognized with the 19th Annual American Association for Cancer Research-Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, to be held in San Diego, Calif., April 5-9. [More]
Report calls for better palliative and EOL care for patients that relapse following transplant

Report calls for better palliative and EOL care for patients that relapse following transplant

Haematological disorders of the blood and bone marrow, such as leukaemia, are commonly treated with a bone marrow transplant. However relapse is common and often leads to treatment failure and death. [More]
Cell therapy: A powerful treatment for cancer patients

Cell therapy: A powerful treatment for cancer patients

Investigators from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have reported more encouraging news about one of the most exciting methods of cancer treatment today. The largest clinical study ever conducted to date of patients with advanced leukemia found that 88 percent achieved complete remissions after being treated with genetically modified versions of their own immune cells. [More]
Study points to molecular pathway to treat recurring, deadly malignancies

Study points to molecular pathway to treat recurring, deadly malignancies

Analyzing the genomes of twin 3-year-old sisters – one healthy and one with aggressive leukemia – led an international team of researchers to identify a novel molecular target that could become a way to treat recurring and deadly malignancies. [More]
Immune tolerance to grafts of muscle, bone and skin could free recipients from lifelong immunosuppression

Immune tolerance to grafts of muscle, bone and skin could free recipients from lifelong immunosuppression

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have made an important step towards greater availability of hand transplants, face transplants and other transplants involving multiple types of tissue. [More]
Key questions to ask about bone marrow transplants

Key questions to ask about bone marrow transplants

Those who have leukemia, lymphoma or other blood cancer diseases might have heard about bone marrow transplant as a potential treatment. As with any serious procedure, it is important to have all questions answered by a physician before any decision is made. [More]
Immunologists receive $4.8M grant to target multiple diseases by manipulating enzyme

Immunologists receive $4.8M grant to target multiple diseases by manipulating enzyme

Immunologists Barbara A. Osborne and Lisa M. Minter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of a multi-institution research team, will share a five-year, $4.8 million National Cancer Institute grant to target multiple diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) by manipulating an enzyme that activates over 100 different protein substrates in the body. [More]