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Computational biologists develop program for diagnosing hereditary illnesses easily

Computational biologists develop program for diagnosing hereditary illnesses easily

In the case of a cough or a sore throat, the doctor can usually diagnose a common cold immediately. However, the diagnosis of hereditary illnesses like cystic fibrosis, which affects the metabolism, or Huntington's disease, which leads to cognitive decline, is much more complex. [More]
Combined risk score enhances radiation pneumonitis prediction

Combined risk score enhances radiation pneumonitis prediction

Combining dose-volume histogram parameters with age and baseline pulmonary fibrosis score creates a novel predictive risk score that improves prediction of radiation pneumonitis in patients receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer, research shows. [More]
Surrogate marker identified for airway obstruction and asthma control

Surrogate marker identified for airway obstruction and asthma control

Researchers have identified a potential biomarker for airway obstruction in patients with asthma that not only reflects airflow limitation but also asthma control. [More]
Right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy

Right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy

Too much dietary fat is bad for the heart, but the right kind of fat keeps the heart healthy, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. [More]
Drug for reduction of abdominal fat in HIV patients may also reduce fatty liver disease

Drug for reduction of abdominal fat in HIV patients may also reduce fatty liver disease

The only drug to receive FDA approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease in such patients. [More]

NC Senate plan to overhaul state Medicaid program draws fire from doctors and hospitals

The North Carolina plan was presented by state senators during a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Rules and Operations Committee. [More]
First Edition: July 17, 2014

First Edition: July 17, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how Capitol Hill politics are impacting health care policy. Houston Public Media's Carrie Feibel, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim’s nintedanib

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to nintedanib, an investigational therapy currently under FDA review for the treatment of people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
Virobay announces closing of expanded Series B second tranche financing

Virobay announces closing of expanded Series B second tranche financing

Virobay, Inc., a clinical stage pharmaceutical company with a platform of cathepsin protease inhibitors being developed for the treatment of neuropathic pain, autoimmune disease and fibrosis, today announced the closing of an expanded Series B second tranche financing of $8.0 million. [More]
New research opens up potential new therapeutic targets for hard-to-treat food allergy

New research opens up potential new therapeutic targets for hard-to-treat food allergy

New research in Nature Genetics identifies a novel genetic and molecular pathway in the esophagus that causes eosinophillic esophagitis (EoE), opening up potential new therapeutic strategies for an enigmatic and hard-to-treat food allergy. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
PTC Therapeutics initiates reimbursed expanded access program for Translarna

PTC Therapeutics initiates reimbursed expanded access program for Translarna

PTC Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the initiation of a reimbursed expanded access program (EAP). PTC's EAP program is intended to make Translarna (ataluren) available to patients before commercial availability in certain countries. [More]
FDA grants Fast Track designation to Akashi Therapeutics' HT-100 for treatment of DMD

FDA grants Fast Track designation to Akashi Therapeutics' HT-100 for treatment of DMD

Akashi Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Fast Track designation to the company's most advanced product candidate, HT-100 (delayed-release halofuginone), an orally available, small molecule drug candidate intended to reduce fibrosis and inflammation and promote healthy muscle regeneration in boys with DMD. [More]
Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries on weekends are more likely to die

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries on weekends are more likely to die

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries, such as hernia repairs or appendix removals, on weekends are more likely to suffer complications and even die than children getting the same kind of treatment during the week, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study. [More]
Vertex receives positive opinion from European CHMP for approval of KALYDECO for cystic fibrosis

Vertex receives positive opinion from European CHMP for approval of KALYDECO for cystic fibrosis

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated today announced that the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has issued a positive opinion recommending the approval of KALYDECO (ivacaftor) for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 and older who have one of eight non-G551D gating mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. [More]
Queen's doctor plays key role in major breakthrough to change lives of cystic fibrosis sufferers

Queen's doctor plays key role in major breakthrough to change lives of cystic fibrosis sufferers

A Queen's University doctor has played a key role in a major breakthrough to change the lives of cystic fibrosis sufferers. [More]
Sclerosis patients treated with HSCT experience better long-term event-free survival

Sclerosis patients treated with HSCT experience better long-term event-free survival

Among patients with a severe, life-threatening type of sclerosis, treatment with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), compared to intravenous infusion of the chemotherapeutic drug cyclophosphamide, was associated with an increased treatment-related risk of death in the first year, but better long-term survival, according to a study in the June 25 issue of JAMA. [More]
Forest Laboratories reports positive results from three Phase III trials of vilazodone for GAD treatment

Forest Laboratories reports positive results from three Phase III trials of vilazodone for GAD treatment

Forest Laboratories, Inc. today announced positive topline results from three Phase III trials evaluating the efficacy, safety and tolerability of vilazodone in adult patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). [More]
Antiviral therapy can reduce risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection

Antiviral therapy can reduce risk of liver cancer in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection

One of the most severe complications of hepatitis B is the development of liver cancer, which is responsible for approximately 745,000 deaths worldwide each year. [More]
Aradigm begins Pulmaquin Phase III study for treatment of non-CF BE

Aradigm begins Pulmaquin Phase III study for treatment of non-CF BE

Aradigm Corporation ("Aradigm" or the "Company") today announced the dosing of the first patient in the ORBIT-4 (Once-daily Respiratory Bronchiectasis Inhalation Treatment) Phase III pivotal clinical trial of Aradigm's proprietary formulation of inhaled ciprofloxacin (Pulmaquin®) for the treatment of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis (non-CF BE). [More]