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New stem-cell based therapy provides pain relief, reduces severity of RDEB in children

New stem-cell based therapy provides pain relief, reduces severity of RDEB in children

Promising results from a trial of a new stem-cell based therapy for a rare and debilitating skin condition have been published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The therapy, involving infusions of stem cells, was found to provide pain relief and to reduce the severity of this skin condition for which no cure currently exists. [More]
New investments may enable two Canadian organizations to improve life for people with hearing loss

New investments may enable two Canadian organizations to improve life for people with hearing loss

New investments from public and private sources in Canada and the USA, including Grand Challenges Canada and Google.org, will enable two Canadian organizations to contribute to a better life for people with hearing loss in developing countries. [More]
New Health Union study finds severe impact of rheumatoid arthritis on patients' quality of life

New Health Union study finds severe impact of rheumatoid arthritis on patients' quality of life

In a new national survey of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, Health Union found a severe impact on quality of life, employment, and ability to afford treatment. The autoimmune condition attacks the body, resulting in joint inflammation, pain, stiffness, and swelling, but may also harm other organs. About 1.3 million Americans or about one percent of the global population have RA. [More]
Study indicates that arthritis patients may not be taking medication as regularly as prescribed

Study indicates that arthritis patients may not be taking medication as regularly as prescribed

Researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester found that 40% of patients scored low on an adherence questionnaire at least once during their time in a recent study, indicating that they might not be taking their expensive biological therapies as regularly as prescribed. [More]
Study reveals how attitudes, beliefs of cancer patients drive complementary and alternative medicine use

Study reveals how attitudes, beliefs of cancer patients drive complementary and alternative medicine use

A new study has shed light on how cancer patients' attitudes and beliefs drive the use of complementary and alternative medicine. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help hospitals develop more effective and accessible integrative oncology services for patients. [More]
Clinical Frailty Scale can help predict readmission or death after hospital discharge in older patients

Clinical Frailty Scale can help predict readmission or death after hospital discharge in older patients

Frailer older patients are at higher risk of readmission to hospital or death within 30 days after discharge from a general internal medicine ward, but health care professionals can assess who is at risk using the Clinical Frailty Scale, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). [More]
Researchers identify gene vital to production of pain-sensing neurons in humans

Researchers identify gene vital to production of pain-sensing neurons in humans

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers co-led by the University of Cambridge. The discovery, reported today in the journal Nature Genetics, could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief. [More]
CSL Behring awarded NHF's 2015 Corporate Leadership Award

CSL Behring awarded NHF's 2015 Corporate Leadership Award

The National Hemophilia Foundation has awarded CSL Behring its 2015 Corporate Leadership Award as recognition for the company's longstanding and unwavering commitment to advancing science and improving the care of the bleeding disorders community. The award was accepted by Paul Perreault, CEO and Managing Director, CSL Limited, during the NHF Annual Spring Soiree in New York City on May 21. [More]

First commercial procedure performed using Senza system for delivering Nevro's HF10 therapy

Nevro Corp., a global medical device company that is providing innovative evidence-based solutions for the treatment of chronic pain, today announced that the first commercial case has been performed in the United States under the company's May 8th, 2015 FDA approval for commercial use of the Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system, which delivers Nevro's proprietary HF10 therapy. [More]
Aptensio XR once-daily treatment for ADHD to be available in Summer 2015

Aptensio XR once-daily treatment for ADHD to be available in Summer 2015

Today, Rhodes Pharmaceuticals L.P. announced that Aptensio XR, a once-daily central nervous system stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) will be available to patients beginning Summer 2015. [More]
Omeros receives EMA CHMP positive opinion for Omidria for cataract, IOL replacement surgery

Omeros receives EMA CHMP positive opinion for Omidria for cataract, IOL replacement surgery

Omeros Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for both large-market as well as orphan indications targeting inflammation, coagulopathies and disorders of the central nervous system, today announced that the European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion for Omidria® (phenylephrine and ketorolac injection) 1%/0.3%. [More]
Scientists find new way to convert blood cells into sensory neurons

Scientists find new way to convert blood cells into sensory neurons

Scientists at McMaster University have discovered how to make adult sensory neurons from human patients simply by having them roll up their sleeve and providing a blood sample. [More]
LSDF awards $2.9 million in funding to help commercialize major medical breakthroughs

LSDF awards $2.9 million in funding to help commercialize major medical breakthroughs

Celiac disease-safe wheat, premature infant pain detection, and new medicines to fight flu and cancer are among the ideas to receive $2.9 million in funding from Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF). [More]
Certain proteins may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease

Certain proteins may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. [More]
RepliCel's autologous cell treatment for Achilles tendinosis to be presented at ISCT 2015

RepliCel's autologous cell treatment for Achilles tendinosis to be presented at ISCT 2015

RepliCel Life Sciences Inc., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company focused on the development of autologous cell therapies, announced today an upcoming poster presentation at the International Society for Cellular Therapy on RepliCel's autologous cell treatment for chronic Achilles tendinosis currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. [More]
Novel drug target identified for treating rheumatoid arthritis

Novel drug target identified for treating rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, in collaboration with colleagues the University of California, San Diego, identified a novel drug target for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis that focuses on the cells that are directly responsible for the cartilage damage in affected joints. [More]
National Jewish Health researcher calls for men to be included in osteoporosis screening guidelines

National Jewish Health researcher calls for men to be included in osteoporosis screening guidelines

Most people associate osteoporosis with women. But the truth is, one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of this condition. That's more men than will have prostate cancer, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. [More]
Available research does not support link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and sports

Available research does not support link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and sports

Available research does not support the contention that athletes are uniquely at risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) or other neurodegenerative disorders, according to a review in the June issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Research may offer new targets for diagnosing, treating advanced prostate cancer

Research may offer new targets for diagnosing, treating advanced prostate cancer

Researchers with the Indiana University School of Medicine have identified a molecule that promotes metastasis of advanced prostate cancer to the bone, an incurable condition that significantly decreases quality of life. [More]
Stereotactic body radiotherapy appears to be safe, effective for some pancreatic cancer patients

Stereotactic body radiotherapy appears to be safe, effective for some pancreatic cancer patients

Two studies from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers add to preliminary evidence that high-dose radiation treatment, called stereotactic body radiotherapy, appears to be safe and as effective as standard radiation treatment for certain patients with pancreatic cancer whose tumors are advanced but have not spread. [More]
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