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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

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SGLT2 inhibitors and diabetic ketoacidosis: PRAC makes recommendations to minimise risk to patients

February 14, 2016 – Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes caused by low insulin levels. Rare cases of this condition, including life-threatening ones, have occurred in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors for type 2 diabetes and a number of these cases have been atypical,

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Osimertinib (Tagrissa) approved for non-smal cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient subgroup carrying the EGFR T790M mutation

February 07, 2016 – The European Commission has approved once-daily Osimertinib (Tagrissa) for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that is positive for the epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation. This follows a positive review in December 2015.

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Is there help for patients suffering from gout? Lesinurad (Zurampic) approved for the treatment of high blood uric acid levels

December 24, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Lesinurad  (Zurampic) to treat high levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) associated with gout, when used in combination with a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (XOI),

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CHMP recommended Harvoni [Ledipasvir / Sofosbuvir] for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C

October 10, 2014 – The European Medicines Agency recently has recommended the authorisation of Harvoni (ledipasvir / sofosbuvir) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. HCV infection is a major European public-health challenge. It affects between 0.4% and 3.5% of the population in different European Union (EU) Member States and is the most common single cause of liver transplantation in the EU.

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EMA: EU Panel Endorses Daclatasvir (Daklinza) for Chronic Hepatitis C Infection

July 10, 2014 – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has endorsed daclatasvir (Daklinza, Bristol-Myers Squibb) to treat adults with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, in combination with other drugs.

Daclatasvir is the first in a new class of antivirals that block the action of NS5A,

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  • Researchers develop new approach to study the genetics of human disease July 7, 2020
    Many heritable immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and blood-cell related traits derive from critical proteins not being made or not functioning correctly. But exactly how a person's genes, the regulation of these genes and how the resulting proteins interact to cause disease is not widely understood.
  • Common inherited genetic variant identified as frequent cause of deafness in adults July 6, 2020
    A common inherited genetic variant is a frequent cause of deafness in adults, meaning that many thousands of people are potentially at risk, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics.
  • Rsearchers create an analytic tool that opens a new frontier of cancer discovery July 6, 2020
    Gene coding regions constitute 2% of the human genome. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have developed a computational tool to identify alterations that drive tumor formation in the remaining 98% of the genome. The method will aid discovery of oncogenes and advances in precision medicine for children and adults with cancer.
  • Discovery of new disease-susceptibility gene for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome July 3, 2020
    An international research collaboration, including Professor Iijima Kazumoto et al. (of the Department of Pediatrics, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine) has revealed that NPHS1 is a disease-susceptibility gene for steroid-sensitive nephrotic syndrome in children. The NPHS1 gene encodes nephrin, a component protein for the renal glomerulus slit diaphragm, which prevents protein from being passed […]
  • How digital tools can advance quality and equity in genomic medicine July 3, 2020
    The pandemic has forced health care providers to find new ways to connect with patients through screens. For genetic specialists, who provide patients and families with genetic testing for conditions linked to DNA, connecting with patients is an important part of helping them make informed medical decisions.
  • Mental health benefits of parks dimmed by safety concerns July 7, 2020
    No matter how close parks are to home, perceptions of park-centered crime may keep New Yorkers from using them.
  • Measuring tape is a critical tool for following Zika virus-exposed children July 7, 2020
    A simple measuring tape could be the key to identifying which children could developneurological and developmental abnormalities from Zika virus exposure during gestation.This is according to an invited commentary published July 7 in JAMA Network Open andwritten by Sarah Mulkey, M.D., Ph.D., prenatal-neonatal neurologist in the Division ofPrenatal Pediatrics at Children's National Hospital.
  • Repurposing public health systems to decode COVID-19 July 7, 2020
    Research published in the journal Microbial Genomics describes how national surveillance systems can be linked with the UK Biobank. This pooled data could then be used to understand how genetics and other epidemiological factors impact risk of developing severe infection.
  • Microplastic pollution harms lobster larvae, study finds July 7, 2020
    Microplastic fiber pollution in the ocean impacts larval lobsters at each stage of their development, according to new research. A study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin reports that the fibers affect the animals' feeding and respiration, and they could even prevent some larvae from reaching adulthood.
  • Why it's no last orders for the Tequila bat July 6, 2020
    Scientists studying the 'near threatened' tequila bat, best known for its role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analysed its DNA to help inform conservationists on managing their populations. The findings are published in Global Ecology and Conservation.
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