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Posted today in Clinical Trials

GSK and Merck to Study Immunotherapy Combination as Potential Cancer Treatment

(BUSINESS WIRE)--GSK and Merck, known as MSD outside the US and Canada, today announced the initiation of a phase I clinical trial designed to evaluate GSK’s investigational immunotherapy GSK3174998 as monotherapy and in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) in patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic...

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First Investigational All Injectable Long Acting HIV Combination Regimen Study Results at 32 Weeks Announced

CORK, Ireland, – November, 3, 2015 –Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), announced that Phase IIb data studying a combination regimen of two investigational long acting, injectable formulations of HIV medicines—Janssen’s rilpivirine and ViiV Healthcare’s cabotegravir—given...

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Health Tip: Talk to Kids About Fire Safety

-- It's important for children to understand that they should never play with matches, and what to do if they smell smoke or see fire. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: Teach children not to play with matches, lighters or candles. Explain that fire is hot, moves quickly and is very dangerous. Practice a fire escape plan. Rehearse...

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Health Tip: Avoid Back Pain While Feeding Baby

-- Back pain is common in new moms, who are frequently carrying a heavy baby. Feeding time, in particular, can lead to a back ache. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Avoid bending over baby while you nurse. Place a pillow or two on your lap to bring baby up to your level. Instead of a soft couch, opt for an upright chair. When...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ground Beef Products from All American Meats Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination More than 167,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled by All American Meats, Inc. due to possible contamination with potentially deadly E. coli...

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Online Psychotherapy May Help Some With Emotional Problems

The Internet has made it possible for people to work and study from home, and new research suggests that a staple of mental health care may also be headed to a computer near you. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a mix of two disciplines that aims to help a person improve the way he or she thinks about problems and problem-solving, while also tackling...

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More Belly Fat in First Trimester Linked to Diabetes Risk Later in Pregnancy

Women with high levels of abdominal fat in their first trimester are at increased risk for diabetes later in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 500 women, aged 18 to 42, who had ultrasounds to assess their abdominal fat at 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Those with higher levels of fat were more likely to develop diabetes at 24...

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Acupuncture May Ease Neck Pain Over Long Term

Two alternative therapies -- acupuncture and the Alexander technique -- appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating patients in ways to relieve stress, as well as improve posture and balance. These techniques appeared to help reduce neck pain in the 12 months following...

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Weight Gain a Challenge for Children With Autism: Study

Children with autism may have a greater risk of obesity, with weight differences seen as early as preschool, a new study reveals. "A lot of things are happening for these families when their children are under 5, including going through the process of getting a diagnosis and just managing day-to-day behaviors and juggling their child's education and...

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Extracting Clot Beats Clot-Busting Drug Alone in Study of Stroke Patients

Extracting a stroke-causing blood clot is better than just using a clot-busting drug for preserving brain function, a new analysis concludes. About 45 percent of patients who underwent the clot-removal procedure experienced functional independence at 90 days, compared with about 32 percent of patients treated with the clot-busting IV medication called...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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