Novartis Japan Hit With 15-day Suspension for Failing to Report Drug Side Effects

The Japanese unit of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has been ordered to temporarily suspend its operations for failing to report drug side effects, revealed the health ministry. This is reportedly a first for a pharmaceutical firm operating in Japan. During the 15-day suspension, which is to start from March 5, the company will not be able to sell most of its drugs. Drug-makers are required to report serious side effects of any drugs to the ministry within ...
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Princess Margaret Cancer Center and Vall D’Hebron Institute of Oncology Partner to Advance Personalized Cancer Medicine

Two internationally acclaimed cancer centers announced a partnership to accelerate academic and clinical research to advance personalized, targeted therapies against cancer. The partners, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Toronto and Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Toronto establishing the principles and framework for their collaboration. Signing on behalf of the Princess ...
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Adjuvant Chemotherapy After Bladder Cancer Surgery Improved Survival

Patients who received chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery demonstrated an approximately 30 percent lower risk of death than those patients who underwent surgery alone, revealed an analysis by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. Researchers used a large database of patients diagnosed with cancer in the United States. They analyzed 5,653 patients, of which 1,293 patients received adjuvant chemotherapy ...
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can Now be Identified Through Blood Bio-markers

Chronic fatigue syndrome can now be identified through bio-markers in the blood, revealed scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study offers hope that earlier diagnosis may improve treatment. This is the first robust physical evidence that the syndrome is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder, and also the first evidence that the disease has distinct stages. With no known cause or cure, chronic fatigue syndrome, ...
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One Billion Young People at Risk of Hearing Loss from Loud Music

More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through listening to loud music, revealed the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency estimates that 360 million people suffer from hearing loss worldwide, and apart from noise related causes and aging, it is also brought on by infectious diseases, genetic conditions, complications at birth, and use of certain drugs. The WHO considers a volume above 85 decibels for eight hours or 100 decibels ...
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Respiratory Viruses Most Common Cause of Pneumonia in Children

Respiratory viruses, not bacterial infections, are the most commonly detected causes of community-acquired pneumonia in children, revealed a multicenter Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) study. The EPIC study was a prospective, population-based study of community-acquired pneumonia hospitalizations among children in the United States that sought to address critical gaps in the knowledge about pneumonia. The study showed that the burden of pneumonia-related ...
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Researchers Identify Protein Pathway Involved in Brain Tumor Stem Cell Growth

Glioblastomas are a highly aggressive type of brain tumor, which has very few effective treatment options. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers are one step closer to understanding glioblastoma development following the identification of a key protein signaling pathway involved in brain tumor stem cell growth and survival. Brain tumor stem cells are believed to play an important role in glioblastoma development and may be possible therapeutic targets. The ...
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Women Veterans Likely to be Obese, Depressed Than Men

Women veterans who had specialized heart tests were more likely to be obese, depressed and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than men veterans. This is according to a study published in an American Heart Association journal. The number of women cared for by veteran affairs facilities has doubled in the past decade, providing a unique opportunity to examine the heart health of women veterans. The study reveals women veterans face ...
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Crohn’s Disease Not Exempted From Racial Disparities in Children

A study published in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn's disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn's disease compared to white children. "We found racial inequalities exist among children and adolescents with Crohn's disease, likely due to a combination ...
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Insurance Status Linked to Differences in Patient Safety and Quality of Care

Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, finds a study. The study got published in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. Not having private insurance is associated with higher rates of patient safety issues (PSIs) and hospital-acquired conditions ...
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