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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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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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  • Genomic adaptations to a rice-based diet mitigate the risk of obesity and diabetes September 21, 2020
    The traditional rice-based diet of some east-Asian population has brought a number of genomic adaptations that may contribute to mitigating the spread of diabetes and obesity. An international study led by the University of Bologna and published in the journal Evolutionary Applications has recently suggested this interesting hypothesis. Researchers analyzed and compared the genomes of […]
  • Researchers identify genetic factors associated with hand-foot syndrome in chemotherapy with capecitabine September 21, 2020
    Capecitabine is a chemotherapy drug used for breast and colorectal cancer. It can extend survival rate by nearly 10%. However, recent studies revealed that almost 50% of patients develop palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, a skin reaction also called hand-foot syndrome with mild to serious symptoms. Up to 17% of these patients can have a burning pain in […]
  • Gene therapy corrects the cardiac effects of Friedreich's ataxia September 18, 2020
    Gene therapy was successfully used to overcome the cardiac effects of Freidreich's ataxia (FA) in a mouse model of the disease, as reported in the peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy.
  • Algorithms uncover cancers' hidden genetic losses and gains September 17, 2020
    Understanding the specific mutations that contribute to different forms of cancer is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment. But limitations in DNA sequencing technology make it difficult to detect some major mutations often linked to cancer, such as the loss or duplication of parts of chromosomes.
  • Researcher finds keys to control the 'driver of cancer's aggressiveness' September 17, 2020
    'Do not erase.' 'Recycle me.' 'Free to a good home.' Humans post these signs to indicate whether something has value or not, whether it should be disposed of or not. Inside our cells, a sophisticated recycling system uses its own enzymatic signs to flag certain cells for destruction—and a different set of enzymes can remove […]
  • Thin and ultra-fast photodetector sees the full spectrum September 22, 2020
    Researchers have developed the world's first photodetector that can see all shades of light, in a prototype device that radically shrinks one of the most fundamental elements of modern technology.
  • New drug candidate found for hand, foot and mouth disease September 22, 2020
    Duke researchers have identified a potential drug candidate against enterovirus 71, a common cause of hand, foot and mouth disease in infants and young children. The compound of interest is a small molecule that binds to RNA, the virus's genetic material, and changes its 3-D shape in a way that stops the virus from multiplying […]
  • Web resources bring new insight into COVID-19 September 22, 2020
    Two new web resources put at researchers' fingertips information about cellular genes whose expression is affected by coronavirus infection and place these data points in the context of the complex network of host molecular signaling pathways.
  • New freshwater database tells water quality story for 12K lakes globally September 22, 2020
    Although less than one per cent of all water in the world is freshwater, it is what we drink and use for agriculture. In other words, it's vital to human survival. York University researchers have just created a publicly available water quality database for close to 12,000 freshwater lakes globally - almost half of the […]
  • Nearly 20 percent of americans don't have enough to eat September 22, 2020
    More than 18 percent of US adults do not know whether they will have enough to eat from day to day, and the numbers are worse for Hispanics, Blacks, people with obesity, and women, a new report shows.
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