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Increased Risk Of Aneurysms And Artery Dissections With VEGF Inhibitors

August 26 2020 –  Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), originally known as vascular permeability factor (VPF)  is a signal protein produced by cells that stimulates the formation of blood vessels. VEGF is a sub-family of growth factors, the platelet-derived growth factor family of cystine-knot growth factors.

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Placebo: A veritable treatment option

February 11, 2018 – Long after cancer treatment ends, many patients continue to deal with one particular symptom that refuses to go away: fatigue. In a new study, researchers have found that the power of placebos, even when fully disclosed to patients, might be harnessed to reduce fatigue in cancer survivors.

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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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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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Netupitant/Palonosetron [Akynzeo] for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy approved in the US

October 12, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on October 10,  approved Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. Akynzeo is a fixed combination capsule comprised of two drugs. Oral palonosetron approved in 2008 as Aloxi,

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Boxed Warning Updated: TNF Blockers and Cancer Risks in Children

November 3, 2009 – As we learn from it’s todays announcement, FDA is requiring stronger warnings about an increased risk of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents who are treated with drugs that block tumor necrosis factor. TNF blockers include Infliximab [Remicade], Etanercept [Enbrel], Adalizumab [Humira], Certolizumab [Cimzia],

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  • Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals details about individual cells in pancreatic tumors September 30, 2020
    Led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and by HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, an international team of researchers have described in detail the individual cells that comprise the pancreatic cancer microenvironment, a critical step in devising new treatment options for patients with this aggressive and difficult-to-treat disease.
  • Study: Neanderthal genes are a liability for COVID patients September 30, 2020
    Scientists say genes that some people have inherited from their Neanderthal ancestors may increase their likelihood of suffering severe forms of COVID-19.
  • Concealed cardiomyopathies revealed in cardiac arrest survivors September 30, 2020
    Centenary Institute researchers have discovered that genetic testing can identify "concealed cardiomyopathies" in nearly a quarter of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survivors who seem to have a normal heart.
  • Genetic risk of developing obesity is driven by variants that affect the brain September 29, 2020
    Some people are at higher risk of developing obesity because they possess genetic variants that affect how the brain processes sensory information and regulates feeding and behavior. The findings from scientists at the University of Copenhagen support a growing body of evidence that obesity is a disease whose roots are in the brain.
  • Inflammatory gene provides clue to obesity risk September 29, 2020
    A gene that helps to control inflammation increases the risk of obesity and could be turned off in mice to stop weight gain, a study from The University of Queensland has found.
  • Single-cell RNA sequencing reveals details about individual cells in pancreatic tumors September 30, 2020
    Led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, and by HonorHealth Research and Innovation Institute, an international team of researchers have described in detail the individual cells that comprise the pancreatic cancer microenvironment, a critical step in devising new treatment options for patients with this aggressive and difficult-to-treat disease. […]
  • Ocean warming and acidification effects on calcareous phytoplankton communities September 30, 2020
    A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.
  • Videos most effective in communicating with parents about secondhand smoke risks September 30, 2020
    The best way to communicate with parent smokers about the risks of secondhand smoke to their children is to use videos depicting the risks, as well as solutions to reduce those risks.
  • Antipsychotics for treating adult depression linked with higher mortality September 30, 2020
    Rutgers researchers, together with colleagues at Columbia University, have reported an increased mortality risk in adults with depression who initiated augmentation with newer antipsychotic medications compared to a control group that initiated augmentation with a second antidepressant.
  • Is it time to reframe the assisted dying debate? September 30, 2020
    Several articles published by The BMJ today explore the debate around assisted dying, in which, subject to safeguards, terminally ill people who are near to death, suffering, and of sound mind, could ask for drugs that they would take to end their lives.
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