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Novartis's Jakavi ® shows positive Phase III results in Polycythemia Vera

Novartis announced that Jakavi ® (ruxolitinib) showed positive reponse in compare to present therpies for Polycythemia Vera, a rare and incurable blood cancer with increase number of erythrocytes production. In phase III trial, Jakavi ® succeed to maintain hematocrit control, erythrocytes volume, without the need of phlebotomy and reducing spleen size in patients with polycythemia vera resistant to or intolerant of hydroxyurea.

FDA issued warning letter against Indian based Canton Laboratories upon quality issues

During  their last investigation in April 2013 at Canton Laboratories- Vadodara,  U.S. food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) for the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and in view of it, FDA issued a warning letter.

Cefaly gets FDA approval for marketing - First medical device approved to prevent migraine

U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of the first device, Cefaly-manufactured by STX-Med in Belgium, as a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. This is also the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device specifically authorized for use prior to the onset of pain.

Now blood test can predict Alzheimer’s and Mild Dementia

A blood test that can predict with 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease (AD) within three years has been discovered and validated by researchers at Georgetown and six other institutions. They discovered and validated 10 lipid biomarkers out of which 2 are strongly associated with neuropathology of AD.

Synthetic Biologics announces issuance of US Patent for the use of Oral Estriol -Trimesta™ for treatment of Multiple Sclerosis & other Autoimmune Diseases

Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a developer of anti-infective biologic and drug candidates targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and other diseases, announced today that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,658,627 entitled, Pregnancy Hormone Combination for Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases, to the Regents of the University of California (UCLA).

Risk of dying is revealed among healthy people !

Novel biological markers have discovered by researchers from Finland and Estonia  that are strongly indicative of risk of dying from any disease within the near future. Blood samples from over 17000 generally healthy people were screened for more than a hundred different biomolecules. The health status of these study volunteers was followed for several years. The researchers looked for measures in the blood that could reflect who had died within the following 5 years after the blood sample was taken. In a study published in PLOS Medicine, they describe identification of four such biomarkers of death.