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AEG-1 protein blocks effects of retinoic acid in leukemia and liver cancer

AEG-1 protein blocks effects of retinoic acid in leukemia and liver cancer

Retinoic acid is a form of vitamin A that is used to treat and help prevent the recurrence of a variety of cancers, but for some patients the drug is not effective. [More]
Galderma's trifarotene molecule gets FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of congenital ichthyosis

Galderma's trifarotene molecule gets FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of congenital ichthyosis

Galderma announces that the U.S. FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation status for the company's trifarotene molecule for the treatment of congenital ichthyosis. Based on this decision, Galderma plans to implement a clinical development plan, reinforcing its commitment to exploring new treatment options for rare diseases, as well as meeting the needs of all patients with skin diseases over the course of their lives. [More]
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals plans to merge with QLT

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals plans to merge with QLT

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a fully integrated specialty biopharmaceutical company, and QLT Inc., a Canadian-based biotechnology company focused on developing innovative orphan ophthalmology products, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Auxilium plans to merge with QLT. [More]
Researchers demonstrate potential of retinoic acid in preventing type 2 diabetes complications

Researchers demonstrate potential of retinoic acid in preventing type 2 diabetes complications

At a time when obesity, type 2 diabetes, and their complications are a veritable epidemic worldwide, researchers at the University of Montreal and CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) recently demonstrated the potential of retinoic acid (RA), a derivative of Vitamin A, in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes and preventing their cardiovascular complications. [More]
First evidence of link between prenatal vitamin A deficiency and postnatal asthma

First evidence of link between prenatal vitamin A deficiency and postnatal asthma

A team of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) investigators led by Wellington V. Cardoso, MD, PhD, has found the first direct evidence of a link between prenatal vitamin A deficiency and postnatal airway hyperresponsiveness, a hallmark of asthma. [More]

Onset Dermatologics announces nationwide availability of Tretin-X Cream 0.075%

Onset Dermatologics, LLC, a leader in developing and commercializing prescription products for improving skin health, announced the nationwide availability of Tretin-X (tretinoin, USP) Cream 0.075%. Tretin-X Cream is a prescription product for the topical treatment of acne. [More]
Vitamin A may help keep immune system under control for autoimmune and transplant patients

Vitamin A may help keep immune system under control for autoimmune and transplant patients

The same form of Vitamin A used by teenagers to combat acne might offer benefits that are more than skin deep. That's because an international team of researchers have found that it may also help keep the immune system under control for people with autoimmune disorders or those who have received transplants. [More]
Scientists identify key factor for limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in skin

Scientists identify key factor for limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in skin

Sanford-Burnham scientists have identified the B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) inhibitory receptor as a key factor in limiting inflammatory responses, particularly in the skin. The study, published online today in Immunity, provides clarity on how T cells get fired up to protect against pathogens, and then cool down to restore immune homeostasis. [More]
Actavis seeks FDA approval to market Isotretinoin Capsules

Actavis seeks FDA approval to market Isotretinoin Capsules

Actavis plc 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 Isotretinoin Capsules, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg and 40 mg. [More]
Rexceptor receives exclusive license for novel treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Rexceptor receives exclusive license for novel treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Case Western Reserve's Technology Transfer Office has granted an exclusive license of a novel Alzheimer's Disease (AD) treatment strategy to spinoff company ReXceptor Inc., which plans to initiate early-stage human clinical trials of the medication within the next few months. [More]
Excess vitamin A intake has calcification repercussions

Excess vitamin A intake has calcification repercussions

Excess dietary vitamin A intake is significantly associated with increased heart valve calcification, show results from an animal study. [More]
Study demonstrates role of IRX4204 in alleviating cognitive decline in animal models of AD

Study demonstrates role of IRX4204 in alleviating cognitive decline in animal models of AD

New research presented in October at the 6th Neurodegenerative Conditions Research and Development Conference in San Francisco demonstrates the role of the investigational compound IRX4204 in alleviating cognitive decline in animal models of Alzheimer's disease (AD). [More]
Variations in RORA gene can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder

Variations in RORA gene can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder

Investigators at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System have identified a new gene linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). [More]
Watson seeks FDA approval to market Epiduo Gel for severe acne

Watson seeks FDA approval to market Epiduo Gel for severe acne

Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today confirmed that its subsidiary, Watson Laboratories, Inc., filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking approval to market Epiduo (adapalene and benzoyl peroxide) Gel, 0.1% / 2.5%. [More]
Identification of IL-9 antitumor activity in melanoma

Identification of IL-9 antitumor activity in melanoma

High expression of interleukin -9 in immune cells inhibits growth of melanoma, show study findings suggesting a role for this T-cell cytokine in tumor suppression. [More]
CytRx achieves key milestone in advancing tamibarotene Phase 2b trial for NSCLC

CytRx achieves key milestone in advancing tamibarotene Phase 2b trial for NSCLC

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in oncology, today announced the recommendation by the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) to continue with the global Phase 2b clinical trial with tamibarotene in combination with chemotherapeutical agents as a first-line treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. [More]
Psoriasis linked to sexual dysfunction in men

Psoriasis linked to sexual dysfunction in men

Men with psoriasis are at an increased risk for sexual dysfunction, research suggests. [More]
New data from Acucela’s ACU-4429 Phase 2a trial on advanced dry AMD/geographic atrophy

New data from Acucela’s ACU-4429 Phase 2a trial on advanced dry AMD/geographic atrophy

Acucela Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing new treatments for blinding eye diseases, announced today that the first patient data from the ACU-4429 program were presented during a poster session at The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2012 Annual Meeting. [More]
Researchers make white fat take on characteristics of brown fat

Researchers make white fat take on characteristics of brown fat

Brown seems to be the color of choice when it comes to the types of fat cells in our bodies. Brown fat expends energy, while its counterpart, white fat stores it. The danger in white fat cells, along with the increased risk for diabetes and heart disease it poses, seems especially linked to visceral fat. Visceral fat is the build-up of fat around the organs in the belly. [More]
Antidepressant could help the workings of anticancer drug used in leukemia

Antidepressant could help the workings of anticancer drug used in leukemia

The study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research found that tranylcypromine (TCP) – which can be used to treat psychotic depressive states - can make cancer cells vulnerable to the effects of a vitamin A-derivative drug called ATRA. [More]