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Research identifies, exploits vulnerability in certain high-risk cancers

Research identifies, exploits vulnerability in certain high-risk cancers

In a study recently published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, a team of researchers led by C. Patrick Reynolds, M.D., Ph.D., director for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine Cancer Center, sought to expand upon his lab’s previous research that showed ALT tumors identified by a biomarker known as C-circles share a common biology that confers vulnerabilities to be exploited for cancer therapy.
Scientists create long-acting injectable drug delivery system for tuberculosis

Scientists create long-acting injectable drug delivery system for tuberculosis

In 2020, more than 1.5 million people around the world died of tuberculosis, marking the first time in more than a decade that annual TB deaths had increased and demonstrating the global need for better access to treatments. To address that problem, scientists at the UNC School of Medicine, the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, and the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science developed a long-acting injectable formulation of the anti-TB drug rifabutin.
Pfizer to acquire Global Blood Therapeutics for $5.4 billion to enhance presence in rare hematology

Pfizer to acquire Global Blood Therapeutics for $5.4 billion to enhance presence in rare hematology

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: GBT) today announced the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Pfizer will acquire GBT, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of life-changing treatments that provide hope to underserved patient communities, starting with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Treating cancer by sticking cells in place

Treating cancer by sticking cells in place

Future treatments for advanced cancer could work by sticking cancer cells in place and preventing their spread around the body. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Washington shows how an antibody strengthens bonds between cells. The work is published Aug. 3 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Roche’s subcutaneous formulation of Tecentriq demonstrates positive Phase III results

Roche’s subcutaneous formulation of Tecentriq demonstrates positive Phase III results

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that the Phase III IMscin001 study evaluating a subcutaneous formulation of Tecentriq® (atezolizumab) met its co-primary endpoints. The study showed non-inferior levels of Tecentriq in the blood (pharmacokinetics), when injected subcutaneously, compared with intravenous (IV) infusion, in cancer immunotherapy-naïve patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for whom prior platinum therapy has failed.
Vitamin K prevents cell death: a new function for a long-known molecule

Vitamin K prevents cell death: a new function for a long-known molecule

Vitamin K is well-known for its blood clotting and bone building properties but today a new study published in Nature reports on a novel function for vitamin K.

The researchers discovered that the fully reduced form of vitamin K acts as an antioxidant efficiently inhibiting ferroptotic cell death. Ferroptosis is a natural form of cell death in which cellular iron plays an important role and which is characterized by the oxidative destruction of cellular membranes.

Bayer Consumer Health leaders propose new principles for science-led self-care

Bayer Consumer Health leaders propose new principles for science-led self-care

Bayer has published a new paper, Science-Led Self-Care: Principles for Best Practice, that sets out five key Principles that should underpin all self-care products improving personal health and wellness. The paper is intended to spark a conversation within the industry and its key stakeholders around the need to promote science-led self-care for the benefit of consumers.
GSK signs agreement to support pandemic preparedness in Europe

GSK signs agreement to support pandemic preparedness in Europe

GSK plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) announced it had signed a framework contract with the European Commission’s (EC) Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) for the reservation of future production and supply of 85 million doses of its pandemic influenza vaccine Adjupanrix [pandemic influenza vaccine (split virion, inactivated, adjuvanted)].
Disparities in United States COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Disparities in United States COVID-19 vaccine distribution

When reports showed COVID-19 vaccination rates were lower among racial/ethnic minority groups, most discussions focused on mistrust and misinformation among these populations or their reduced access to health care facilities. But new research from University of California San Diego and collaborating institutions has identified an additional barrier to equity: whether or not each health care facility actually received and administered vaccines.
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