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Actavis gets favorable ruling in patent suit against generic Lialda

Actavis gets favorable ruling in patent suit against generic Lialda

Actavis plc today confirmed that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a lower court ruling that Actavis' generic version of Shire's Lialda (mesalamine extended-release tablets) infringes United States Patent No. 6,773,720 (the '720 Patent). [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers identify protein that regulates the body's immune response to CMV

Johns Hopkins researchers identify protein that regulates the body's immune response to CMV

Infectious disease specialists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have identified a protein that regulates the body's immune response to cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common pathogen that causes lifelong infections and can lead to devastating illness in newborns and those with weakened immune systems. [More]
Researchers identify genetic defect that causes a subset of irritable bowel syndrome

Researchers identify genetic defect that causes a subset of irritable bowel syndrome

Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) caused by genetics, diet, past trauma, anxiety? All are thought to play a role, but now, for the first time, researchers have reported a defined genetic defect that causes a subset of IBS. The research was published in the journal Gastroenterology. [More]
New stool-based screening test detects 92% of colorectal cancer

New stool-based screening test detects 92% of colorectal cancer

A new, non-invasive, stool-based screening test detected 92% of colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a multicenter trial published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two definitions of CMI symptoms should guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans

Two existing definitions of chronic multisymptom illness (CMI) -- one by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and another from a study of Kansas Gulf War veterans -- should be used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to guide research and treatment of Gulf War veterans, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. [More]
Researchers seek 400 treatment-naïve colon participants to measure non-invasive blood test

Researchers seek 400 treatment-naïve colon participants to measure non-invasive blood test

Investigators with Baylor Research Institute, a research arm of Baylor Scott & White Health, have opened participation for a new clinical trial that could determine whether a certain blood test can detect colon cancer before it even develops. [More]
Scientist receives AGA-GCF Research Scholar Award for research in gastric, esophageal cancer

Scientist receives AGA-GCF Research Scholar Award for research in gastric, esophageal cancer

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation and the Gastric Cancer Foundation (GCF) are pleased to announce that the first AGA-Gastric Cancer Foundation Research Scholar Award in Gastric and Esophageal Cancer will support Mohamed El-Zaatari, PhD, from University of Michigan, as he conducts research into the role of myeloid cells in the transition from chronic inflammation to gastric pre-neoplasia. [More]
Clinipace Worldwide closes merger with Choice Pharma

Clinipace Worldwide closes merger with Choice Pharma

Clinipace Worldwide, a global digital contract research organization (dCRO), announced today the closing of its merger with Choice Pharma, a Pan-Asian contract research organization. Bringing these organizations together strengthens Clinipace Worldwide's operational and therapeutic expertise in Asia, a region in high demand by Clinipace's clients. [More]
SCCA experts develop helpful tool to simplify colon cancer prevention, screening guidelines

SCCA experts develop helpful tool to simplify colon cancer prevention, screening guidelines

Colon cancer will take more than 50,000 American lives in 2014 making it the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. [More]

Findings suggest that IBS is linked to detectable gut microbiota alterations

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) belongs to the most widespread diseases in Western countries, causing up to sixty per cent of the workload of gastrointestinal physicians. One of the most frequent symptoms of IBS is bloating, which reduces quality of life considerably as patients perceive it as particularly bothersome. [More]
Scientists use novel metagenomic approaches to characterize microbial communities that reside in human gut

Scientists use novel metagenomic approaches to characterize microbial communities that reside in human gut

The gut microbiota contains a vast number of microorganisms from all three domains of life, including bacteria, archaea and fungi, as well as viruses. These interact in a complex way to contribute towards both health and the development of disease - interactions that are only now being elucidated thanks to the application of advanced DNA sequencing technology in this field. [More]

New study uses Lumosity games to detect subtle cognitive impairments in patients with cirrhosis

A new study from the University of Washington has found that performance on Lumosity games can distinguish between patients with cirrhosis of the liver, pre-cirrhotic patients, and healthy controls. The study used Lumosity games as psychometric tests to detect subtle cognitive impairments in patients with cirrhosis. The study is published in the March issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. [More]

AbbVie's PEARL-III study meets primary, secondary endpoints in patients with chronic GT1b HCV infection

The first detailed results from AbbVie's pivotal phase III study, PEARL-III, were presented today as part of the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) press conference and will also be presented as a late-breaker at the conference on March 4. [More]
Same food may trigger both allergies, say experts

Same food may trigger both allergies, say experts

Some children who outgrow one type of food allergy may then develop another type of allergy, more severe and more persistent, to the same food. A new study by pediatric allergy experts suggests that health care providers and caregivers carefully monitor children with food allergies to recognize early signs of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a severe and often painful type of allergy that has been increasing in recent years. [More]
Actavis files ANDA with FDA to market  Colchicine Tablets USP

Actavis files ANDA with FDA to market Colchicine Tablets USP

Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Colchicine Tablets USP, 0.6 mg. [More]
Tooth extraction before heart surgery carries risks

Tooth extraction before heart surgery carries risks

Dental extraction before cardiac surgery may not be as benign a procedure as some clinicians might think, with review findings showing that it is associated with major adverse outcomes. [More]

NAFC designates Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as Center of Excellence

The National Association For Continence has designated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a Center of Excellence: Continence Care. Anurag K. Das, MD; Roger Lefevre, MD; Janet Li, MD; and Deborah A. Nagle, MD are the principle physicians for this COE. [More]
Researchers find link between acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

Researchers find link between acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

In a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Saint Louis University researchers have found a link between acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and pancreatic cancer, a finding which may eventually lead to some pancreatic cancers being detected earlier. [More]
Experts offer eight ways to help prevent colorectal cancer

Experts offer eight ways to help prevent colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer does not always manifest in symptoms, which may include blood in or on the stool, constant stomach pains, and unexplainable weight loss. "Colon cancer is common in both men and women. [More]

Researchers clear up one aspect of how bowels move

High performance athletes like Olympians can push their bodies to optimal potential, but some of the ways the human body actually works is still a mystery. [More]