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Leukemia (Leukaemia) is a cancer of the blood cells. It is the most common type of blood cancer and affects 10 times as many adults as children. Most people diagnosed with leukemia are over 50 years old. No one knows why some people develop leukemia and others do not. However, scientists have identified some risk factors for the disease. Most people who have known risk factors do not get leukemia, while many who do get the disease have none of these risk factors. During the early stages of leukemia, there may be no symptoms. Many of the symptoms of leukemia don't become apparent until a large number of normal blood cells are crowded out by leukemia cells.
Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission have granted volasertib* 'orphan drug designation' for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). [More]
Researchers develop class of drugs to lessen impact of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Researchers develop class of drugs to lessen impact of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

​A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and cancer - including one currently in clinical trials for glioblastoma and other tumors - eliminates neural inflammation associated with dementia-linked diseases and brain injuries, according to UC Irvine researchers. [More]
MD Anderson honors America's future cancer leaders

MD Anderson honors America's future cancer leaders

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this week honored 16 junior faculty members who are expected to become some of America's future cancer leaders. The faculty members are the first R. Lee Clark Fellow award winners. The new award was established to recognize outstanding work by junior faculty members and to help support their future efforts. [More]
Viewpoints: Obamacare dilemma -- some people dislike the law but embrace its provisions; are health costs falling?

Viewpoints: Obamacare dilemma -- some people dislike the law but embrace its provisions; are health costs falling?

Polls have consistently shown that even though the public opposes Obamacare, people like some of its most significant provisions. That's particularly true of the requirement that insurers ignore preexisting conditions when signing up customers for coverage. [More]
Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson's sales increase 3.5% to $18.1 billion in first quarter 2014

Johnson & Johnson today announced sales of $18.1 billion for the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.5% as compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operational results increased 5.3% and the negative impact of currency was 1.8%. Domestic sales increased 2.2%. International sales increased 4.5%, reflecting operational growth of 7.9% and a negative currency impact of 3.4%. [More]
Longer looks: Vermont's single payer system; Nevada's cancer cluster; the toll of dementia on a family

Longer looks: Vermont's single payer system; Nevada's cancer cluster; the toll of dementia on a family

Skatchewan is a vast prairie province in the middle of Canada. It's home to hockey great Gordie Howe and the world's first curling museum. But Canadians know it for another reason: it's the birthplace of the country's single-payer health-care system. [More]
Clinical Research Forum announces winners of third annual Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

Clinical Research Forum announces winners of third annual Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards

The Clinical Research Forum has announced the winners of its third annual Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards. The winning projects represent the outstanding examples of research projects that benefit the health and well-being of the general public. [More]
BioLineRx to initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trial on new drug candidate for CML treatment

BioLineRx to initiate Phase 1/2 clinical trial on new drug candidate for CML treatment

BioLineRx, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to identifying, in-licensing and developing promising therapeutic candidates, announced today that Prof. Arnon Nagler, Director of the Hematology Division and Bone Marrow Transplantation Center at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, has received final regulatory approval to evaluate BioLineRx's BL-8040 as a treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in a Phase 1/2 clinical study. [More]

Affimed Therapeutics reports additional results from AFM13 phase 1 study on R/R Hodgkin lymphoma

Affimed Therapeutics AG announced today further results from its phase 1 clinical trial of AFM13 as monotherapy for the treatment of patients with advanced relapsing/refractory (R/R) Hodgkin lymphoma. [More]
Researchers receive NIH grant for pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia treatment

Researchers receive NIH grant for pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia treatment

​A $1.92 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was awarded to a research team that focuses on new approaches for treatment of relapsed pediatric acute myelogenous leukemia (rAML), led by Yang Liu, PhD, Bothworth Chair and Director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR) at Children's Research Institute of Children's National Health System, and Reuven Schore, MD, member of CCIR and attending physician in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Program of the Division of Oncology of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. [More]
Study shows critical role of immune system in protecting against viruses and cancer cells

Study shows critical role of immune system in protecting against viruses and cancer cells

​A team of researchers at the IRCM, led by Andr- Veillette, MD, explains how our immune system kills abnormal blood cells. Their discovery, recently published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, could eventually lead to new treatment avenues for leukemia, lymphoma and certain types of infectious viral diseases. [More]

Researchers identify experimental drugs to block treatment-resistant leukemia

Research in mice and human cell lines has identified an experimental compound dubbed TTT-3002 as potentially one of the most potent drugs available to block genetic mutations in cancer cells blamed for some forms of treatment-resistant leukemia. [More]
Janssen submits supplemental New Drug Application for IMBRUVICA to the U.S. FDA

Janssen submits supplemental New Drug Application for IMBRUVICA to the U.S. FDA

Janssen Research & Development, LLC ("Janssen") today announced the submission of a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for IMBRUVICA™ (ibrutinib) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by its collaboration partner Pharmacyclics, Inc. [More]

Ambit initiates QUANTUM-R Phase 3 clinical trial of quizartinib in FLT3-ITD positive AML patients

Ambit Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovery and development of drugs targeting unmet needs in oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory disease, today announced the initiation of the QUANTUM-R Phase 3 clinical trial comparing quizartinib as monotherapy to chemotherapy regimens in relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients with the FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3)-ITD mutation. [More]

DelMar presents pre-clinical study data that evaluates activity of VAL-083 in drug-resistant NSCLC

DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: DMPI) ("DelMar") today announced the presentation of new data in a poster entitled, "In vivo efficacy of VAL-083 in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer." DelMar's data was presented on Sunday, April 6, 2014 during the Novel Cytotoxic Strategies Session at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego. [More]
Bezos family gifts $20M to Fred Hutchinson scientists for development of novel cancer immunotherapies

Bezos family gifts $20M to Fred Hutchinson scientists for development of novel cancer immunotherapies

​Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists striving for new cancer cures - and the patients who stand to benefit from them - got an enormous boost today when the Bezos family committed $20 million to support the development of novel cancer immunotherapies. It is the largest single contribution in Fred Hutch's history. [More]

NRAS gene that plays fundamental role in cancer development produces five gene variants, says study

A new study shows that a gene discovered 30 years ago and now known to play a fundamental role in cancer development produces five different gene variants (called isoforms), rather than just the one original form, as thought. [More]

Ambit initiates Phase 2 study of quizartinib in acute myeloid leukemia patients

Ambit Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovery and development of drugs targeting unmet needs in oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory disease, today announced the initiation of the Phase 2 cohort of the MD Anderson Cancer Center-sponsored Phase 1/2 study of quizartinib in combination with either 5-azacitidine or low dose cytarabine for previously untreated FLT3-ITD positive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients age 60 or older, or FLT3-ITD positive AML patients 18 years of age or older in first relapse. [More]
Study looks at ability of nontoxic molecules to store harmful alpha emitting radioisotopes

Study looks at ability of nontoxic molecules to store harmful alpha emitting radioisotopes

Researchers have discovered that microscopic "bubbles" developed at Kansas State University are safe and effective storage lockers for harmful isotopes that emit ionizing radiation for treating tumors. [More]
FDA grants orphan drug designation to ERYTECH’s lead product for AML treatment

FDA grants orphan drug designation to ERYTECH’s lead product for AML treatment

ERYTECH Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative treatments for acute leukemia and other oncology indications with unmet medical needs, announces that its lead product GRASPA®/ERY-ASP has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer. [More]