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Hutchison MediPharma achieves primary endpoint in POC Phase II study to treat NSCLC patients

Hutchison MediPharma achieves primary endpoint in POC Phase II study to treat NSCLC patients

Hutchison China MediTech Limited today announces that Hutchison MediPharma Limited ("HMP"), its drug R&D subsidiary, successfully achieved the primary endpoint in the second proof-of-concept ("POC") trial of fruquintinib in patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer ("NSCLC") in China. [More]
Transplanting mesenchymal stromal cells derived from amniotic membranes can benefit eye diseases

Transplanting mesenchymal stromal cells derived from amniotic membranes can benefit eye diseases

A team of researchers in South Korea has successfully transplanted mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from human amniotic membranes of the placenta (AMSCs) into laboratory mice modeled with oxygen-induced retinopathy (a murine model used to mimic eye disease). [More]
Novel treatment target found for RV failure in PAH

Novel treatment target found for RV failure in PAH

Researchers have identified a molecular pathway by which downregulation of microRNA-126 contributes to right ventricular failure in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. [More]
New study suggests novel ways to treat serous retinal detachment

New study suggests novel ways to treat serous retinal detachment

Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in older individuals. AMD and other serious chronic eye problems that affect younger individuals result when fluid accumulates abnormally under or within the retina. A new study published in The American Journal of Pathology shows for the first time that the release of substances from mast cells may be a causal factor in this type of eye pathology, and inhibitors of this release may offer new ways to treat serous retinal detachment. [More]
Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

For two decades beginning in the late 1970’s through 2001, clinicians relied upon laser photocoagulation in the treatment of wet AMD caused by choroidal neovascularization. Attempts to obliterate the neovascular lesions often led to acute central visual loss and often, even with modest success, the lesions recurred with even more vision loss. [More]
New findings point toward potential blood test to detect schizophrenia

New findings point toward potential blood test to detect schizophrenia

High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. [More]
Updated guidelines released for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Updated guidelines released for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Updated guidelines on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) have been released by an international group of leading respiratory societies, The new guidelines, issued by the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association, were published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
Potential molecular link identified between excess fat in the blood and blood vessel recovery in ischemia

Potential molecular link identified between excess fat in the blood and blood vessel recovery in ischemia

The buildup of fat in the blood makes a bad situation worse - it not only raises a person's risk for heart attack or stroke but also impairs the growth of new blood vessels. How excess fat in the blood - a condition known as hyperlipidemia - blocks vessel growth was unclear, but new work by researchers at Temple University School of Medicine shows that a molecule known as caspase-1 plays a central role and that preventing its activity could be the key to building new blood vessels and restoring blood supply to oxygen-starved tissues. [More]
Computer model shows how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit

Computer model shows how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit

Rice University researchers have built a simulation to show how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit. [More]

DME treatment evolves in favour of intravitreal anti-VEGF injections

Treatment strategies for diabetic macular oedema have evolved over the past decade, with focal laser therapy being largely replaced by intravitreal injections, an observational case series of more than 1500 patients shows. [More]
Macular atrophy predicts vision in ranibizumab-treated exudative AMD patients

Macular atrophy predicts vision in ranibizumab-treated exudative AMD patients

Progression and severity of macular atrophy are the main anatomical determinants of long-term visual outcomes in exudative age-related macular degeneration patients treated with ranibizumab, suggest SEVEN-UP study results. [More]
Darapladib shows promise in diabetic macular oedema

Darapladib shows promise in diabetic macular oedema

Placebo-controlled trial findings show that lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 inhibition modestly benefits the vision of patients with centre-involved diabetic macular oedema and warrants further investigation. [More]

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy shows distinct classification

Researchers have found that idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy has significant clinical differences to neovascular age-related macular degeneration and suggest that it should be considered a distinct entity. [More]

ORT incidence increases in nAMD despite anti-VEGF treatment

Swiss researchers report that patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) experience increased incidence of outer retinal tubulation over time, despite treatment with a vascular endothelial growth factor blocker. [More]
No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

Addition of bevacizumab to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy does not improve overall survival in women with ovarian cancer, according to the mature data of the ICON7 trial. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]
The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

Eli Lilly and Company announced that The Lancet Oncology has published results of the Phase III REACH trial that evaluated CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) as a second-line treatment for people with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also known as liver cancer. While the REACH trial's primary endpoint of overall survival favored the CYRAMZA arm, it was not statistically significant. [More]
New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

Stem cell have been the main focus of healing therapy research because they can morph into new cells, and using a patient's own stem cells will not induce an autoimmune response. For healing after a heart attack, the ideal time to administer these therapies is when reopening the clogged blood vessel because the heart is easily accessible. While stem cells show promise for heart attack treatment, the process of harvesting and reintroducing the cells—which can take days or weeks—is too slow for this window. [More]
Lenvatinib-everolimus combination extends PFS in patients with mRCC versus everolimus alone

Lenvatinib-everolimus combination extends PFS in patients with mRCC versus everolimus alone

Eisai Inc. announced today results from an investigational Phase 2 trial which showed that lenvatinib, when used in combination with everolimus, significantly extended progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) versus everolimus alone. [More]
Patient characteristics may guide TKI use in CML

Patient characteristics may guide TKI use in CML

The likelihood of complications associated with tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy in patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia may be reduced by considering patient factors and differences in the toxicity profiles of the different drug options, a review suggests. [More]
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