Category Archives: Disease

Rare Genetic Variation Associated with Lower-Than-Average Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers from Amgen Inc.’s (Thousand Oaks CA) deCode genetics unit said they have discovered a rare genetic variation that is associated with a 34% lower-than-average risk of heart disease, potentially opening up… Read more »

Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine offers another strong incentive to go for a run, or at least a brisk walk. It finds that people who get more activity in their leisure… Read more »

Drugs Targeting DNA Repair Mechanisms Inside Cells Show Promise in Fight Against Cancer

Drugs targeting DNA repair mechanisms inside cells are showing significant promise for a range of tumors and AstraZeneca PLC (London) believes it is well ahead of rivals in the emerging… Read more »

Paper Disc Can Quickly Detect Zika Virus

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A paper-based rapid test for the Zika virus has been introduced by a consortium of research groups, according to The New York Times. The core of the test kit is… Read more »

Bayer’s Stivarga Results Show Promise in Fighting Liver Cancer

BAYER AG (Leverkusen DEU) now has Phase 3 results which suggest its Stivarga product is an effective treatment for a common form of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)…. Read more »

Infecting Mosquitoes with Bacterium Could Slow the Zika Virus

In the fight against the spreading Zika virus, scientists have uncovered an unlikely ally in the form of a bacterium called “Wolbachia.” The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the more abundant of the… Read more »

Brain Damage in Zika Babies Far Worse than Expected

While health officials in Brazil say the epidemic is peaking there, the scale and severity of prenatal damage by the Zika virus are far worse than expected. Experts have begun calling… Read more »

U.S. Lawmakers Approve Bill to Provide Financial Incentives to Companies Developing Treatments for the Zika Virus

U.S. lawmakers last week approved a bill to provide financial incentives to companies developing treatments for the Zika virus, sending the measure on to the White House for President Barack… Read more »