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Lemtrada: Deleterious unwanted effects in some multiple sclerosis patients

19 April 2019 – Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Moreover, Alemtuzumab, under the Tradenames of Campt, MabCampath and Campt-1H is on the markets for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL),

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Genomics lab illegally markets genetic tests that claim to predict patient responses to drugs

April 07, 2019 – Consumers are increasingly embracing genetic testing to better understand their individual risk for developing diseases. With this rise in popularity and availability, we’re also seeing significant activity in the field of pharmacogenetics, which is the process of understanding what, if any, role genetics plays in a patient’s reaction to particular drugs,

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Hydrochlorothiazide and non-melanoma skin cancer: How come?

February 02, 2019 –  This is potential alarming news for millions of patients worldwide suffering from high blood pressure: Health Canada has just completed a safety review of hydrochlorothiazide and has found that prolonged use of the drug could increase a person’s risk for non-melanoma skin cancer.

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Febuxostat (Uloric) and its problem with cardiovascular mortality

January 16, 2109 – Despite drug safety problems of cardiovascular mortality with Febuxostat (Uloric), the benefits might still be seen to outweigh risks for selected gout patients. This notion may become more and disputed over time, however, for obvious reasons.

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Is there breast implant-associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)?

January 09, 2019 – Women should be alerted: Is there a thing like breast implant associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)? Yes, there is. Not every woman with a breast implant will get it, however. In fact, BIA-ALCL seems to be a rather rare condition; unfortunately,

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First ever treatment for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) FDA approved

December 04, 2018 –  The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved its first ever treatment, Amifampridine (Firdapse), for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), a rare autoimmune disorder for adult patients. LEMS affects the connection between nerves and muscles and causes weakness and other symptoms in affected patients. 

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Neural tube defects with Dolutegravir-based HIV medications

May 22, 2018 –The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a Safety Alert concerning serious neural tube defects that might arise in babies born to women who took HIV medications that contained the active ingredient Dolutegravir. Neural tube defects are birth defects that can occur early in pregnancy when the spinal cord,

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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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eHealth: Viz.AI Contact App to alert for stroke in patients

February 15, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just permitted marketing of the Viz.AI Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) results that may notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients.

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Lutetium 177 dotatate (Lutathera): A treatment for gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs)

January 29, 2018 – Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NET)s are a rare group of cancers with limited treatment options that affects primarily the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract of patients.  

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  • Genetics may help predict the right blood pressure drug for you June 25, 2019
    Medication can play a huge role in reducing high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and other serious health problems. Yet given the wide selection of drugs for doctors to choose from, figuring out which drug works best for someone is difficult.
  • First in vivo proof-of-concept in Steinert's myotonic dystrophy June 25, 2019
    Ana Buj Bello's team, a researcher in an Inserm unit at Genethon, the AFM-Telethon laboratory, has made the proof-of-concept of a CRISPR-Cas9 approach in a mouse model of Steinert's myotonic dystrophy, the most common neuromuscular disease in adults. Indeed, thanks to this genome editing approach, the expanded CTG triplet repeat in the DMPK gene, which […]
  • Gene networks reveal transition from healthy to failing heart June 24, 2019
    Scientists investigating heart failure have been limited to studying diseased heart tissue in the lab—understandably, as people don't tend to pluck out a healthy heart for the sake of research. But now, scientists with access to unusable, yet still healthy, donor hearts have been able to investigate the genomic pillars behind the transition from healthy […]
  • Microbiome links diet to health June 24, 2019
    The composition of the human microbiome, a complex ecosystem of microorganisms, plays a crucial role in lifelong health. Little is known, however, about the detailed molecular mechanisms linking health status to the microbiome of the gut, for example.
  • Researchers find new mutation in the leptin gene June 21, 2019
    The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity. Texas Biomed Staff Scientist Raul Bastarrachea, M.D., is part of a team that discovered a new mutation in the gene that regulates the key hormone suppressing hunger called leptin. This new mutation could help researchers understand why people develop excess of […]
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