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Dabrafenib/Trametinib-Combo approved for BRAF-positive anaplastic thyroid cancer

 

May 05, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved the combination of Dabrafenib (Tafinlar)/Trametinib (Mekinist) to be administered together for the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that cannot be removed by surgery or has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic),

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Olaparib Tablets (Lynparza): For breast cancer with BRCA gene mutation

January 13, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first treatment for breast cancer with a certain inherited genetic mutation. At first glance, this announcement may be just one in the series of announcements by the FDA on new drug approvals.

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Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for BRAF V600E positive Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD)

Dezember 21, 2017 – Erdheim–Chester disease ((ECD), also known as Erdheim–Chester syndrome or polyostotic sclerosing histiocytosis) is a form of a bone marrow borne blood cancer. It is a rare disease characterized by the abnormal multiplication of a specific type of white blood cells called histiocytes,

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First cancer treatment for any solid tumor with MSI-H or dMMR approved

May 24, 2917 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a major extension of the clinical indications for Pembrolizumab (Keytruda). For the first time,  a cancer treatment has been approved for any solid tumor, irrespective of the tumor’s original location, as long as the targeted tumor is carrying a specific genetic feature (i.e.,

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Theragenomics: Ivacaftor (Kalydeco) in the CFTR mutation-based treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF)

May 18, 2017 – Ivacaftor (Kalydeco) is a cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) potentiator indicated for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 2 years and older who are carriers one of the following mutations in the CFTR gene: G551D,

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Palbociclib (Ibrance): New treatment for advanced or metastatic breast cancer in the EU

 September 17, 2016 – Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. In Europe, there were an estimated 464,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2012 and an estimated 131,000 deaths from the disease. Hormone receptor positive breast cancer accounts for 65% of tumours in women aged 35 to 65 years and 82% of tumours in women older than 65 years.

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Cabometyx and Kisplyx: Two new medicines for advanced kidney cancer

July 26, 2016  – Renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of kidney cancer in adults. Advanced renal cell carcinoma includes both metastatic disease and locally advanced renal cell carcinoma that cannot be removed by surgery. Despite the recent approval of new therapies for advanced renal cell carcinoma,

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Daclizumab (Zinbryta) approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS)

May 28, 2016 – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that disrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body. It is among the most common causes of neurological disability in young adults and occurs more frequently in women than men.

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Nivolumab (Opdivo): Do targeted therapies diminish market volumes of drugs?

May 17, 2016 – Do targeted therapies diminish market volumes? Not necessarily, as we can nicely learn from the example of Nivolumab (Opdivo). While initially the targeted development of a drug (Nivolumob (Opdivo) in this case) may lead to a somewhat restricted use of a drug in a targeted and selected patient subgroup,

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News for Obinutuzumab (Gazyva) and Everolimus (Afinitor)

February 26, 2016 – Two new treatments for oncologic indications have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Thus, the FDA approved Obinutuzumab (Gazyva) for use in combination with bendamustine followed by Obinutuzumab (Gazyva) monotherapy for the treatment of patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) who relapsed after,

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  • Mayo researchers recommend all women with breast cancer diagnosis under age 66 be offered genetic testing February 21, 2020
    A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic published this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that all women with a breast cancer diagnosis under the age of 66 be offered germline genetic testing to determine if they have a gene mutation known to increase the risk of developing other cancers and cancers among […]
  • Cross-talk between enzymes that read and correct recipes in the cookbook of life February 21, 2020
    DNA is the hereditary material in humans, a unique cookbook of who we are. This is where you'll find the answer as to why you have your specific eye and hair colour, or perhaps why you sunburn easily.
  • Study finds certain genetic tests not useful in predicting heart disease risk February 21, 2020
    A Polygenic Risk Score—a genetic assessment that doctors have hoped could predict coronary heart disease (CHD) in patients—has been found not to be a useful predictive biomarker for disease risk, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Major discovery in the genetics of Down syndrome February 21, 2020
    Researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal have discovered a new mechanism involved in the expression of Down syndrome, one of the main causes of intellectual disability and congenital heart defects in children. The study's findings were published today in Current Biology.
  • MicroRNA exhibit unexpected function in driving cancer February 20, 2020
    Researchers long thought that only one strand of a double-stranded microRNA can silence genes. Though recent evidence has challenged that dogma, it's unclear what the other strand does, and how the two may be involved in cancer. New research from Thomas Jefferson University has revealed that both strands of some microRNA coordinate to act on […]
  • Ethnobotanical medicine is effective against the bacterium causing Lyme disease February 21, 2020
    A preclinical in vitro study shows that selected plant-based herbal medicines, especially Ghanaian quinine and Japanese knotweed, work better than antibiotics against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. These findings represent an important step towards the development of treatments that might be better tolerated and more effective than the current standard of care.
  • Opportunity blows for offshore wind in China February 21, 2020
    If China is to meet and exceed its Paris Climate Agreement goal by 2030, it's going to need to find a way to increase its wind capacity. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, found that offshore wind could […]
  • Alcohol-induced deaths in US February 21, 2020
    National vital statistics data from 2000 to 2016 were used to examine how rates of alcohol-induced deaths (defined as those deaths due to alcohol consumption that could be avoided if alcohol weren't involved) have changed in the US and to compare the results by demographic groups including sex, race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status and geographic location. […]
  • The integrated catalysts can simplify pharmaceutical manufacturing February 21, 2020
    Prof. In Su Lee and his research team from POSTECH developed catalytic platforms based on metal organic frameworks.
  • Shaping the rings of molecules February 21, 2020
    Canadian chemists discover a natural process to control the shape of 'macrocycles,' molecules of large rings of atoms, for use in pharmaceuticals and electronics.
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