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  • May 27- GlobeImmune Inc said its experimental hepatitis B drug did not meet the main goal of reducing infection in patients after 24 weeks, in a mid-stage trial. GlobeImmune is developing the drug, GS-4774, with Gilead Sciences Inc.. Companies developing hepatitis B drugs include Arrowhead Research Corp, Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp and Isis...

  • GlobeImmune, Gilead Hep B drug fails in mid-stage study Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:50 AM ET

    May 27- GlobeImmune Inc said its experimental hepatitis B drug did not meet the main goal of reducing infection in patients after 24 weeks, in a mid-stage trial. However, the drug was found to reduce HBsAg, an antigen that indicates the strength of hepatitis B infection, after 48 weeks, the company said on Wednesday. GlobeImmune is developing the drug, GS-4774, with...

  • COPENHAGEN, May 26- Bavarian Nordic is hot property after striking two big vaccine deals but the small Danish company is not for sale, despite a wave of consolidation in the healthcare industry, its chief told Reuters. Boosting the immune system is now a top priority for cancer drug companies such as Bristol-Myers, Merck, Roche and AstraZeneca, fuelling renewed...

  • *OIE warns U.S. bird flu viruses could spread to Mexico. PARIS, May 26- An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health said. However, there is a high risk that strains of the virus will...

  • WASHINGTON— Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. Reisa Sperling of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who is leading the so-called A4 study. The A4 study— it stands for Anti-Amyloid Treatment in...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said...

  • May 21- Biotech firm Bluebird Bio Inc said its experimental gene therapy continued to exhibit a positive effect in an ongoing early-stage study of patients with rare types of blood disorders. The product, LentiGlobin, is being tested in patients with beta-thalassemia major and those with severe sickle cell disease, two hereditary conditions.

  • May 20- U.S. healthcare conglomerate Johnson& Johnson said on Wednesday it expects to submit more than 10 new medicines with annual revenue potential of at least $1 billion each to regulators by 2019, and is testing dozens of new uses for existing medicines. J&J said it would file for approval of daratumumab for the blood cancer multiple myeloma in the United...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- A U.S. group is trying to block patents in five countries for Gilead Sciences Inc's costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, in a bid to give almost 60 million afflicted people access to cheaper generic versions. In Argentina, Brazil, China, Russia and Ukraine, challenges have been filed against Gilead's patents or patent applications, the New York- based...

  • Man who caught listeria-related meningitis sues Blue Bell Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:14 AM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas— A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company. David Philip Shockley seeks unspecified damages in the negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday in Austin. The lawsuit says Shockley was hospitalized with respiratory failure and septic shock in October 2013 after eating Blue...

  • Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study involved federal scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "No feasible alternative causes remain that can reasonably explain the...

  • WASHINGTON— A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.

  • May 19- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a longer-acting version of Johnson& Johnson's schizophrenia treatment, developed by the company's Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit. The FDA approved the drug, Invega Trinza, to be administered just four times a year, the longest dosing interval available for the treatment of the neurological disorder,...

  • INSIGHT-Is nicotine all bad? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:59 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel's fix is fruit-flavoured nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips. He gets through 12 to 15 pieces a day and says he has "packets of the stuff" stashed all over. Psychologists and tobacco-addiction specialists, including some in world-leading laboratories in Britain, think it's now time...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Bird flu could cost nearly $1 billion in the economies of the two states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists said Monday, and the virus is still spreading. Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer, has lost about 20 million chickens that lay eggs for food use, more than a third of the total. So far the U. S. Department of Agriculture has...

  • Homebrew: Scientists tweak yeast to grow morphine Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:08 PM ET
    Chemical formula of Morphine

    Scientists have engineered brewer's yeast to synthesize opioids such as morphine from a common sugar, according to an international team.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— A new study estimates bird flu has cost Minnesota poultry producers at least $113 million, with losses in related industries pushing the overall toll past $300 million. The University of Minnesota Extension study uses economic modeling to try to get at the ripple effects of the fast-moving virus that has killed some 8 million birds in Minnesota...

  • NEW YORK— In a story May 14 about Puma Biotechnology Inc.' s cancer drug neratinib, The Associated Press erroneously reported the design of the study. Puma Biotechnology plunges on breast cancer drug data. NEW YORK— Shares of Puma Biotechnology Inc. plummeted Thursday on disappointing results from a study of the company's breast cancer drug.

  • May 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson& Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. The FDA said its Adverse Event Reporting System database...

  • U.S. FDA warns on newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    May 15- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drug sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson& Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may a cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization. They include AstraZeneca's Farxiga, J&J's Invokana and...