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X-linked Hypophosphatemia: Burosumab (Crysvita) to the rescue

 December 16, 2017 – As recent as of December 14, 2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a conditional marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Burosumab (Crysvita),

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Granpidam: A generic to Sildenafil (Revatio)

September 22, 2016 – The pharmacologically active compound known as sildenafil is largely used to treat erectile dysfunction (on the market for this indication under the trade name Viagra) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (on the market for this indication under the trade name Revatio) in the United

States (US),

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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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New hope for children with the ultra-rare immune disorder ADA-SCID: Gene therapy Strimvelis recommended for approval by EMA’s CHMP

April 02, 2016 – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for a new gene therapy for the treatment of patients with adenosine-deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID), who have no matching donor for a stem cell transplant.

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Ixekizumab (Taltz) for plaque psoriasis: Positive opinion by the European CHMP

March 04, 2016 –  On February 25, 2016, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Ixekizumab (Taltz),

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Parkinsons Disease: Positive opinion by the CHMP issued recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for Safinamide (Xadago)

On 18 December 2014, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Xadago, 50 mg and 100 mg, film-coated tablet intended for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. 

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World Tuberculosis Day: Three new medicines recommended by EMA in last six months for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

April 09, 2104 – Usually, we talk and present here issues on health and disease, therapies notwithstanding which are based on the genetic background (i.e. predisposition) of the individual.  Another aspect of predisposition for dieseas is of course the situation where the genetics of a disease causing agent is at fault.

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  • Scientists identify gene linked to thinness that may help resist weight gain May 21, 2020
    While others may be dieting and hitting the gym hard to stay in shape, some people stay slim effortlessly no matter what they eat. In a study publishing May 21 in the journal Cell, researchers use a genetic database of more than 47,000 people in Estonia to identify a gene linked to thinness that may […]
  • Tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia using genomics May 21, 2020
    Using genome sequencing to identify genetic mutations in SARS-CoV-2 cases in Victoria, researchers have identified clusters and transmission networks which has helped limit the spread of the virus, painting an important picture of transmission in Victoria.
  • COVID-19 study looks at genetics of healthy people who develop severe illness May 21, 2020
    To help unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, scientists are sequencing the DNA of young, healthy adults and children who develop severe illness despite having no underlying medical problems. The researchers are looking for genetic defects that could put certain individuals at high risk of becoming severely ill from the novel coronavirus.
  • Scientists discover more than 200 genetic factors that cause heart arrhythmia May 21, 2020
    Hundreds of new links have been found between people's DNA and the heart's electrical activity, according to a study of almost 300,000 people led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
  • Weight loss surgery may alter gene expression in fat tissue May 21, 2020
    Altered gene expression in fat tissue may help explain why individuals who have regained weight after weight loss surgery still experience benefits such as metabolic improvements and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
  • New studies reveal extent and risks of laughing gas & stimulant abuse among young people May 23, 2020
    In one study, researchers from Turkey reported increasing stimulant use among medical students approaching their final exams, despite the substantial risks to their health. In the second study, researchers from the Netherlands detailed the neurological outcomes associated with recreational use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide), suggesting that, for some individuals, permanent neurological damage can occur.
  • Sleep-wake disturbances can predict recurrent events in stroke survivors May 23, 2020
    The study, conducted in Switzerland, found that having multiple sleep-wake disturbances such as sleep-disordered breathing, extreme long or short sleep duration, insomnia and restless leg syndrome independently and significantly increased the risk of a new cardio-cerebrovascular event in the two years following a stroke.
  • Does MRI have an environmental impact? May 23, 2020
    Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have surveyed the amount of gadolinium found in river water in Tokyo. Gadolinium is contained in contrast agents given to patients undergoing medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and it has been shown in labs to become toxic when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The researchers found significantly elevated levels, particularly […]
  • New native grass species have been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca May 22, 2020
    The new species belong to the genus Aira, delicate herbaceous plants, which enjoy their greatest diversity in the Mediterranean Region. One of them, Aira minoricensis is a native species of the siliceous sands of Menorca. The other new species is called Aira hercynica and is widely found in the area of the Iberia Peninsula which […]
  • Combinatorial screening approach opens path to better-quality joint cartilage May 22, 2020
    High-throughput platform identifies complex conditions with biomaterial compositions, and mechanical and chemical stimuli that help stem cells produce more robust cartilage.
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