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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.
UC San Diego, GSK collaborate to treat leukemia by eliminating cancer stem cells

UC San Diego, GSK collaborate to treat leukemia by eliminating cancer stem cells

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center are working with GSK on a bench-to-bedside project to treat leukemia and other diseases by eliminating cancer stem cells. The collaboration is part of GSK's Discovery Partnerships with Academia (DPAc) program, where academic partners become core members of drug-hunting teams. [More]
Findings reveal new pathway to develop effective treatments and therapies for asthma, allergy

Findings reveal new pathway to develop effective treatments and therapies for asthma, allergy

Investigators have discovered the precise molecular steps that enable immune cells implicated in certain forms of asthma and allergy to develop and survive in the body. The findings from Weill Cornell Medical College reveal a new pathway that scientists could use to develop more effective treatments and therapies for the chronic lung disorder. [More]
New treatment option available for CLL patients in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

New treatment option available for CLL patients in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

People in Manitoba and Saskatchewan living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) will now be able to access a new treatment option through the prescription drug insurance plans in both provinces. Earlier this week, GAZYVA (obinutuzumab) in combination with chlorambucil chemotherapy was added to benefits formularies of the Provincial Oncology Drug Programs at CancerCare Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. [More]
Study of genetic mutations could lead to optimized treatment plans for aplastic anemia patients

Study of genetic mutations could lead to optimized treatment plans for aplastic anemia patients

Scientists have identified a group of genetic mutations in patients with aplastic anemia, which likely will help doctors optimize treatment for this rare and deadly blood condition. The study, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, could lead to tailor-made treatment plans for aplastic anemia patients as part of the emerging precision medicine movement. [More]
Damon Runyon creates new award to increase number of physician-scientists

Damon Runyon creates new award to increase number of physician-scientists

Physician-scientists are crucial to moving scientific discoveries from the lab to patients, but their numbers have been dwindling just when they are needed most, particularly in cancer research, as the number of cancer cases is projected to increase by 45 percent in the next fifteen years and elevate cancer to the leading cause of death in America. [More]
Asterias Biotherapeutics added to Russell indexes

Asterias Biotherapeutics added to Russell indexes

Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today announced that it has been added to the Russell 2000, Russell 3000, Russell Global and Russell Microcap indexes following Russell Investments' ("Russell") reconstitution of its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes after the close of the U.S. markets on June 26, 2015. [More]
Solstice CEO honored with LLS's John Engdahl Award

Solstice CEO honored with LLS's John Engdahl Award

Solstice's Chief Executive Officer Dr. Leonard Weiss has been honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with its John Engdahl Award. The award was established in recognition of John's dreams and his accomplishments of running and raising much needed funds for the Society. [More]
Xencor announces progress and expansion of proprietary pipeline of XmAb antibodies

Xencor announces progress and expansion of proprietary pipeline of XmAb antibodies

Xencor, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, and cancer, today announced updates on its lead product candidates, XmAb®5871 and XmAb®7195, and on its XmAb® bispecific oncology pipeline. [More]
Americord Registry, Smart Cells International partner to educate parents on benefits of cord blood banking

Americord Registry, Smart Cells International partner to educate parents on benefits of cord blood banking

Today, Americord Registry announced a new partnership with Smart Cells International, the first cord blood company in the United Kingdom, as part of its initiatives during Cord Blood Awareness Month (July) to educate parents around the globe on the benefits of cord blood banking. [More]
Experimental new treatment approach can send deadly leukemia into remission

Experimental new treatment approach can send deadly leukemia into remission

An experimental new treatment approach for a rare, deadly leukemia can send the disease into remission even in patients for whom the standard therapy has failed, buying them more time to have the stem cell transplant that could save their lives, a small pilot study has found. [More]
University of Pittsburgh surgeon receives Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine

University of Pittsburgh surgeon receives Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Molecular Medicine announced today that the fourth Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine will be conferred to Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The award is in recognition of his research in organ transplantation and alloengraftment mechanisms. [More]
PolyU develops novel big data analysis platform for analyzing interactions among cancer genes

PolyU develops novel big data analysis platform for analyzing interactions among cancer genes

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has achieved a breakthrough in the cancer genomics by developing a novel big data analysis platform for analyzing the interactions among genes. The analysis platform unveils the unregulated patterns of gene network in cancer and discovers potential diagnostic and therapeutic target genes, Nucleophosmin (NPM1) and its associated genes, in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). [More]
Current treatments for blood cancer priced too high to be considered cost-effective, new analysis finds

Current treatments for blood cancer priced too high to be considered cost-effective, new analysis finds

The costs associated with cancer drug prices have risen dramatically over the past 15 years, which is of concern to many top oncologists. In a new analysis, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center concluded the majority of existing treatments for hematologic, or blood, cancers are currently priced too high to be considered cost-effective in the United States. [More]
3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio obtains ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF mAb technology

3SBio Inc., a leading China-based biotechnology company focused on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical products, today announced that it has acquired the ex-China global rights to Apexigen's anti-TNF monoclonal antibody ("mAb") technology. 3SBio previously acquired the China rights from Apexigen in 2006. [More]
UCSF scientists identify characteristics of progenitor cells

UCSF scientists identify characteristics of progenitor cells

University of California San Francisco scientists have identified characteristics of a family of daughter cells, called MPPs, which are the first to arise from stem cells within bone marrow that generate the entire blood system. The researchers said the discovery raises the possibility that, by manipulating the fates of MPPs or parent stem cells, medical researchers could one day help overcome imbalances and deficiencies that can arise in the blood system due to aging or in patients with specific types of leukemia. [More]
Nucleoporin proteins play significant role in maintaining embryonic stem cells

Nucleoporin proteins play significant role in maintaining embryonic stem cells

What if you found out that pieces of your front door were occasionally flying off the door frame to carry out chores around the house? That's the kind of surprise scientists at the Salk Institute experienced with their recent discovery that nucleoporins -- proteins that act as cellular 'doorways' to help manage what goes in and out of a cell's nucleus -- are actually much bigger players in expressing genes than previously thought. [More]
Researchers track down key gene mutation responsible for causing acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Researchers track down key gene mutation responsible for causing acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Two medical researchers from the Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have published the results of a nearly 10-year investigation that identified a key gene mutation that can trigger acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, and several other types of cancer. [More]
ExCellThera's stem cell expansion approach may benefit AML patients undergoing transplants

ExCellThera's stem cell expansion approach may benefit AML patients undergoing transplants

Patients suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, who require stem cell transplantation as part of their treatment,may now benefit from a new best-in-class process that improves the viability and success of cord blood stem cell transplantation. [More]
TGen, Phoenix Children's Hospital developing new methods to store and transport blood samples

TGen, Phoenix Children's Hospital developing new methods to store and transport blood samples

The Translational Genomics Research Institute and Phoenix Children's Hospital are developing new economical methods of preserving, storing and transporting high-quality blood plasma proteins for use in diagnosing and treating disease. [More]
Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

In a special issue of Immunotherapy, leading experts provide in-depth review of innovative strategies that may further the success of adoptive cell immunotherapy as a cancer treatment. Adoptive cell immunotherapy (ACT) has proven successful in clinical trials against certain types of melanoma and leukemia. The journal reviews new strategies to address the challenges of extending these effects to a wider range of tumor types. [More]
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