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Incidence of esophageal cancer linked to GERD rises six-fold in recent decades

Incidence of esophageal cancer linked to GERD rises six-fold in recent decades

Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest-growing and deadliest cancers in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in 2015. Incidence of adenocarcinoma, a type of esophageal cancer linked to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) has risen six-fold in recent decades. [More]
Baxter submits BAX 855 NDA to Japan's MHLW for treatment of hemophilia A patients

Baxter submits BAX 855 NDA to Japan's MHLW for treatment of hemophilia A patients

Nektar Therapeutics reported today that partner Baxter International Inc. announced that the company has submitted a new drug application (NDA) to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for the approval of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] for patients over 12 years of age with hemophilia A. [More]
Eisai, Arena complete two Phase 1 registrational trials for once-daily formulation of lorcaserin

Eisai, Arena complete two Phase 1 registrational trials for once-daily formulation of lorcaserin

Eisai Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the completion of two Phase 1 registrational clinical trials that Eisai and Arena believe demonstrate bioequivalence of an investigational once-daily extended release formulation of lorcaserin, as compared to the twice-daily immediate release formulation approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and marketed as BELVIQ. [More]
Nielsen BioSciences launches skin test that helps physicians manage Valley Fever infections

Nielsen BioSciences launches skin test that helps physicians manage Valley Fever infections

Nielsen BioSciences announced today the launch of SPHERUSOL (Coccidioides immitis Spherule-Derived Skin Test Antigen), a skin test that provides valuable data to physicians managing Valley Fever infections. SPHERUSOL has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the only skin test to detect an immune response to the fungus called Coccidioides, or "cocci," in patients with history of the disease. [More]
Public Health Agency of Canada issues statement on measles

Public Health Agency of Canada issues statement on measles

The Public Health Agency of Canada is again reminding Canadians of the importance of ensuring their immunizations are up to date, following the confirmation of additional cases of measles in the Vancouver region. [More]
Researchers reveal molecular structure of cytotoxin from Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Researchers reveal molecular structure of cytotoxin from Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Researchers from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio today revealed the molecular structure of the cytotoxin from Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a widespread, highly contagious bacterium that infects the lungs. [More]
CHLA infectious diseases specialist discusses how parents can prevent measles outbreak

CHLA infectious diseases specialist discusses how parents can prevent measles outbreak

Since December, there have been more than 130 confirmed cases of measles in the state of California, most of them connected to an outbreak that originated in a Southern California amusement park. Many of the infected persons were not vaccinated against the extremely contagious virus, which manifests itself through rash, fever and coughing. [More]
Exercise and physical activity improve lung cancer outcomes

Exercise and physical activity improve lung cancer outcomes

Exercise and physical activity should be considered as therapeutic options for lung cancer as they have been shown to reduce symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve quality of life, and potentially reduce length of hospital stay and complications following surgery for lung cancer. [More]
Alere i Strep A test receives marketing clearance from FDA

Alere i Strep A test receives marketing clearance from FDA

Alere Inc., a global leader in rapid diagnostic tests, today announced that its Alere i Strep A test has received marketing clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Alere i Strep A is the first molecular test that detects Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria in throat swab specimens in 8 minutes or less. [More]
Study can aid in developing patient-centered interventions for seniors with asthma

Study can aid in developing patient-centered interventions for seniors with asthma

Although often considered a childhood health problem, asthma - a chronic inflammatory disease that causes recurrent cough, wheezing and chest tightness or shortness of breath - can cause serious illness for people age 60 and older, and little is known about the triggers of asthma specific to seniors. [More]
Women face Lymphangioleiomyomatosis risk during their childbearing years

Women face Lymphangioleiomyomatosis risk during their childbearing years

A rare and potentially deadly lung disease called Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) strikes women during their childbearing years. [More]
Active ingredient dextromethorphan may help people with Type 2 diabetes

Active ingredient dextromethorphan may help people with Type 2 diabetes

The active ingredient dextromethorphan, which is contained in many over-the-counter cough remedies, has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes (diabetes mellitus). That was the finding of a recent international study, in which the Center for Physiology and Pharmacology of MedUni Vienna played a significant part and which has now been published in the leading medical journal "Nature Medicine". [More]
Meta-analysis finds that high dose zinc acetate lozenges may help reduce duration of cold symptoms

Meta-analysis finds that high dose zinc acetate lozenges may help reduce duration of cold symptoms

According to a meta-analysis published in BMC Family Practice, high dose zinc acetate lozenges shortened the duration of common-cold associated nasal discharge by 34%, nasal congestion by 37%, scratchy throat by 33%, and cough by 46%. [More]
Exposure to diesel exhaust may exacerbate respiratory diseases

Exposure to diesel exhaust may exacerbate respiratory diseases

Researchers in the UK have, for the first time, shown how exhaust pollution from diesel engines is able to affect nerves within the lung. Air pollution is a significant threat to health, they say, and identifying potential mechanisms linking exposure to diesel exhaust and the exacerbation of respiratory diseases may lead to treatments for those affected. [More]
Ebola crisis increases susceptibility to measles, other vaccine-preventable illnesses

Ebola crisis increases susceptibility to measles, other vaccine-preventable illnesses

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that major disruptions in the health care systems in West Africa caused by the Ebola crisis have led to significant decreases in vaccinations for childhood diseases, increasing susceptibility to measles and other vaccine-preventable illnesses. [More]
Somna Therapeutics receives FDA clearance to market REZA BAND UES Assist Device in U.S.

Somna Therapeutics receives FDA clearance to market REZA BAND UES Assist Device in U.S.

Somna Therapeutics today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the REZA BAND UES Assist Device for marketing in the U.S. The REZA BAND is a ground-breaking, new, externally-worn, non-medication, non-surgical medical device designed to reduce symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) by stopping regurgitation of stomach contents through the upper esophageal sphincter (UES). [More]
FDA approves Astellas' CRESEMBA for treatment of invasive aspergillosis, invasive mucormycosis

FDA approves Astellas' CRESEMBA for treatment of invasive aspergillosis, invasive mucormycosis

Astellas today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for the use of CRESEMBA (isavuconazonium sulfate), the prodrug for isavuconazole, for patients 18 years of age and older in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and invasive mucormycosis (also known as zygomycosis). [More]
Easy-to-obtain oral swab could be a game changer for TB control

Easy-to-obtain oral swab could be a game changer for TB control

Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) - easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim presents Phase III data for tiotropium at 2015 AAAAI Annual Meeting

Boehringer Ingelheim presents Phase III data for tiotropium at 2015 AAAAI Annual Meeting

Boehringer Ingelheim today presented data on investigational tiotropium delivered via Respimat inhaler from five Phase III trials from the UniTinA-asthma program at the 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. [More]
From the scent of geranium to cough medicine; A self-assembling catalyst helps to construct complex biological scaffolds

From the scent of geranium to cough medicine; A self-assembling catalyst helps to construct complex biological scaffolds

With great elegance nature builds up complex structures from simple building blocks. A central class of compounds are terpenes. More than 8000 terpenes and about 30,000 of the related terpenoids are currently known. They are the key substances for many biological and pharmaceutical functions. [More]
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