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December 22

New use seen for bisphosphonates
Researcher hopes to improve on ZMapp vaccine
Treatment achieves significant reduction in HDV levels over 4 weeks
Several new drugs win agency nod

December 19

Researchers find tobacco-specific nitrosamines
Risk reduced by 97% in subjects 50 years of age and older
But MARIANNE trial finds Kadcyla treatment options non-inferior
Drug targets women with defective BRCA genes found by new test

December 18

Rate of functional independence nearly twice as high with clot removal versus usual care alone
Newest fluoroquinolone to win agency’s okay
CD3 T-cell engager joins ranks of world’s most expensive cancer treatments
NIH study examines prescribing patterns

December 17

Defendants responsible for ‘unprecedented national tragedy,’ U.S. Attorney says
Largest hospitals will get stronger as smaller ones get weaker, analysts predict
First pathogen-reduction system for plasma approved in U.S.

December 16

Comedian Joan Rivers’ death spurs increased scrutiny
Study data show test predicts risk better in black women
Authors say ERs will need to provide wider range of health-care services
Smoking remains leading cause of preventable death and disease in U.S.

December 15

Vaccine candidate stimulates production of neutralizing antibodies
Reform reduces incidence of preventable, hospital-acquired health problems
Peptide activates innate repair receptor, turns off inflammation
Combo treatment increases progression-free survival versus vemurafinib alone

December 12

Phase III data reported at neuropsychopharmacology meeting
Capecitabine/ibandronate combo no better than ibandronate alone
Finding could lead to new testing and treatment methods
No significant improvement in progression-free survival

December 11

Researchers see no effect on walking pain of lumbar spinal stenosis
Expert warns of return to ‘dark ages’ of medicine
Bortezomib/fulvestrant shows promise in mid-stage trial

December 10

Authors identify weakness in fee-for-service medicine
Synthetic peptides inhibit bacterial growth
Investigators say they’re encouraged by the results
Environmental transmission can’t be discounted, researchers say

December 9

Declaration seen as important step in effort to develop Ebola vaccines
Mortality rate has remained steady at 30% for three decades
Authors report greater than twofold risk compared with codeine



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