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World Hepatitis Alliance calls for comprehensive hepatitis strategies to help prevent liver cancer deaths

World Hepatitis Alliance calls for comprehensive hepatitis strategies to help prevent liver cancer deaths

Rock-icon David Bowie died recently at the age of 69 after a battle with what is being reported as liver cancer. Each year, more than 800,000 people die from liver cancer globally, the second biggest cancer killer. Yet, a high majority of these deaths are completely preventable. [More]
UC Davis researchers develop Hepatitis virus-like particles to target breast cancer

UC Davis researchers develop Hepatitis virus-like particles to target breast cancer

UC Davis researchers have developed a way to use the empty shell of a Hepatitis E virus to carry vaccines or drugs into the body. The technique has been tested in rodents as a way to target breast cancer, and is available for commercial licensing through UC Davis Office of Research. [More]
International collaboration critical in dealing with Zika virus outbreak

International collaboration critical in dealing with Zika virus outbreak

The rapid spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and its apparent association with microcephaly is concerning, said an expert in legal and ethical issues relating to public health responses to epidemics. However, fear-based reactions are not the answer. [More]
Researchers demonstrate new way to reduce preterm birth using nanoparticles

Researchers demonstrate new way to reduce preterm birth using nanoparticles

Using nanoparticles to engineer a special drug, a team of researchers has demonstrated in mice a new way to both reduce preterm birth and avoid the risks of medication in pregnancy to unborn babies. [More]
MabVax receives FDA authorization to initiate 89Zr-HuMab-5B1 Phase I trial in pancreatic cancer patients

MabVax receives FDA authorization to initiate 89Zr-HuMab-5B1 Phase I trial in pancreatic cancer patients

MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc., a clinical-stage oncology drug-development company, announces receipt of notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizing initiation of a Phase I clinical trial with 89Zr-HuMab-5B1 as a new generation PET scan cancer imaging agent in patients with pancreatic cancer. [More]
Certain viral infections during pregnancy could cause behavioral changes in offspring

Certain viral infections during pregnancy could cause behavioral changes in offspring

A study published in the journal Science found that activation in pregnant mice of a particular immune response, similar to what may occur with certain viral infections during pregnancy, alters the brain structure of the mouse offspring and causes behavioral changes, reminiscent of those observed in humans with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). [More]
NJHA honors several individuals and organizations with Healthcare Leader Awards

NJHA honors several individuals and organizations with Healthcare Leader Awards

The New Jersey Hospital Association, the state's oldest and largest healthcare trade association, today held its annual awards program to honor several individuals and organizations for their commitment to the state's healthcare system and the patients and communities they serve. [More]
Zepatier receives FDA approval for treatment of chronic HCV genotypes 1 and 4 infections

Zepatier receives FDA approval for treatment of chronic HCV genotypes 1 and 4 infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 infections in adult patients. [More]
Halaven (eribulin mesylate) approved for treatment of liposarcoma

Halaven (eribulin mesylate) approved for treatment of liposarcoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Halaven (eribulin mesylate), a type of chemotherapy, for the treatment of liposarcoma (a specific type of soft tissue sarcoma) that cannot be removed by surgery (unresectable) or is advanced (metastatic). This treatment is approved for patients who received prior chemotherapy that contained an anthracycline drug. [More]
Newly drafted consensus statement promotes widespread use of HPV vaccines to prevent cancer

Newly drafted consensus statement promotes widespread use of HPV vaccines to prevent cancer

Leaders of several cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute have united to support human papillomavirus vaccination. Among them is Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. [More]
Meningitis Now urges schools to protect pupils from deadly meningitis

Meningitis Now urges schools to protect pupils from deadly meningitis

LEADING UK meningitis charity, Meningitis Now, is calling on headteachers to ensure pupils are protected from deadly meningitis. [More]
AVAX announces results of Phase 1/2 OVAX study in patients with advanced ovarian cancer

AVAX announces results of Phase 1/2 OVAX study in patients with advanced ovarian cancer

AVAX Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in personalized cancer vaccines, today announced the results of its Phase 1/2 OVAX study in patients with platinum resistant relapsed Stage III or IV Ovarian Cancer. [More]
Panasonic introduces new -40°C freezer with hydrocarbon refrigerant

Panasonic introduces new -40°C freezer with hydrocarbon refrigerant

New MDF-U5412H -40°C Freezers from Panasonic, with hydrocarbon refrigerants for increased efficiency, provide the ideal stable and uniform storage environment for the preservation of plasma [More]
Johnson & Johnson joins industry-wide call to address growing problem of antimicrobial resistance

Johnson & Johnson joins industry-wide call to address growing problem of antimicrobial resistance

Johnson & Johnson today announced it has joined more than 80 companies and organizations in signing the Declaration on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), an industry-wide call to action announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. [More]
CSU's BioMARC awarded DoD contract to help develop new vaccines to combat encephalitic viruses

CSU's BioMARC awarded DoD contract to help develop new vaccines to combat encephalitic viruses

Colorado State University's Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center has been awarded a 10-month, $4.6 million contract funded by the Department of Defense to help develop and manufacture new vaccines to fight encephalitic viruses that cause inflammation of the brain. [More]
MU School of Medicine researchers find link between varicella zoster virus vaccine and corneal inflammation

MU School of Medicine researchers find link between varicella zoster virus vaccine and corneal inflammation

In use for more than 20 years, the varicella zoster virus vaccine for chickenpox and shingles is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization. However, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found, in rare instances, a link between the vaccine and corneal inflammation. [More]
Study outlines new model to help predict age-related response to hepatitis B vaccine

Study outlines new model to help predict age-related response to hepatitis B vaccine

Physicians have known for years that patients respond differently to vaccines as they age. There may soon be a new way to predict and enhance the effectiveness of vaccinations, in particular the hepatitis B vaccine. [More]
Adding naturally-occurring protein to flu vaccine may offer protection to babies

Adding naturally-occurring protein to flu vaccine may offer protection to babies

According to the World Health Organization, influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Those most at risk include infants younger than six months, because they cannot be vaccinated against the disease. [More]
Immune killer cells use microptosis pathway to kill intracellular parasites

Immune killer cells use microptosis pathway to kill intracellular parasites

The immune system's killer cells deliver a tightly controlled, 3-phase knockout punch that kills intracellular parasites through a novel pathway that an international team led by researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) at Boston Children's Hospital have named "microptosis." [More]
IMP, WEHI scientists successfully characterize central regulator of plasma cell function

IMP, WEHI scientists successfully characterize central regulator of plasma cell function

Plasma cells play a key role in our immune system. Now scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria, and at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, Australia, succeeded in characterizing a central regulator of plasma cell function. [More]
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