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October 1, 2014: Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement

( Aug 1, 2014 - Agenda: On October 1, 2014, the committee will discuss, make recommendations, and vote on information regarding the premarket approval application (PMA) for the SONABLATE 450 device sponsored by SonaCare Medical, LLC.
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FDA to Regulate Lab Tests, Especially for Cancer

(Medscape Medical New) Aug 5, 2014 - High-stakes cancer tests are one of the drivers behind the FDA's decision to regulate a category of lab tests that have gotten a free pass from scrutiny for years.
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Genomic Health Announces Positive Topline Results of Additional, Large Independent Validation Study of Oncotype DX(R) Prostate Cancer Test with Multiple Clinical Endpoints

(Genomic Health) Aug 6, 2014 - Genomic Health, Inc. today announced positive preliminary results from an additional independent clinical validation study conducted by the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) demonstrating that the Oncotype DX® Genomic Prostate Score (GPS) predicts multiple clinical endpoints related to disease aggressiveness in men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer.
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Triple Therapy Revs Up Immune System Against Common Brain Tumor

(Johns Hopkins) Aug 4, 2014 - A triple therapy for glioblastoma, including two types of immunotherapy and targeted radiation, has significantly prolonged the survival of mice with these brain cancers, according to a new report by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
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Protein ZEB1 Promotes Breast Tumor Resistance to Radiation Therapy

(MD Anderson) Aug 4, 2014 - One protein called ZEB1 (zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1) is now thought to keep breast cancer cells from being successfully treated with radiation therapy, according to a new study.
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New Hand-Held Device Uses Lasers, Sound Waves for Deeper Melanoma Imaging

(The Optical Society) Aug 6, 2014 - A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis.
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Exposure to Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drugs Could Increase Leukemia Risk

(AGA) Aug 6, 2014 - Immunosuppressive drugs called thiopurines have been found to increase the risk of myeloid disorders, such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disorder, seven-fold among inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients.
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Laparoscopic vs Open Hepatectomy: Similar Short-term Results

(Medscape Medical New) Aug 4, 2014 - The results of a new study comparing outcomes after laparoscopic or open hepatectomy have shown that these outcomes are similar in the short-term (ie, 30 days).
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Pittsburgh-based Study Offers Hope for Early Esophageal Cancer Test

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Aug 5, 2014 - Having found a way to address the disease’s genetic diversity, Pittsburgh-based researchers published a study Tuesday offering hope of a simple blood test for early detection of lethal esophageal cancer.
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Statins May Protect Against Colon Cancer

(CBS News/HealthDay News) Aug 5, 2014 - Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study.
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Nearly 1 in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smokes

(TIME) Aug 6, 2014 - Nearly one in 10 cancer survivors reports smoking years after their diagnosis, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society.
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Aspirin Could Dramatically Cut Cancer Risk, According to Biggest Study Yet

(The Guardian [UK]) Aug 5, 2014 - An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease.
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Roche Says Avastin Approved in EU for Type of Ovarian Cancer

(Reuters) Aug 6, 2014 - Roche said on Wednesday that European regulators approved its drug Avastin as a treatment for women with ovarian cancer that is resistant to platinum-containing chemotherapy.
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EU Approves Roche’s Avastin for Platinum-resistant Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

(Roche) Aug 6, 2014 - Roche announced today that the European Commission (EU) approved the use of Avastin (bevacizumab) in combination with paclitaxel, topotecan, or pegylated liposomal doxorubicin chemotherapy as a treatment for women with recurrent ovarian cancer that is resistant to platinum-containing chemotherapy.
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Scientific Review Finds Aspirin Significantly Cuts Cancer Rates

(Reuters) Aug 5, 2014 - Taking a small daily dose of aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing - or dying from - bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, according to a large review of scientific studies.
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Ventana, Quintiles to Offer CDx Testing Services in China for Early Phase Cancer Studies

(GenomeWeb Daily News) Aug 5, 2014 – Roche subsidiary Ventana Medical Systems has signed an agreement with contract research organization Quintiles to offer companion diagnostic testing services to drug developers performing early stage oncology studies in China.
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Hopes Build for New Novartis Heart Failure Drug

(Reuters) Aug 5, 2014 - Expectations are building for a new heart failure drug from Novartis viewed as a likely multibillion-dollar seller, with two surveys of cardiologists published on Tuesday highlighting its potential.
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Study Finds that Hepatitis C in the U.S. Could Become 'Rare' Within 20 Years

(The Week/Speed Reads) Aug 5, 2014 - Researchers using a computer model say that hepatitis C could become "rare" — affecting no more than 1 in 1,500 people — in the United States by 2036.
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Senators Want FDA to Disclose Policy for Naming Biosimilars

(Wall Street Journal/Pharmalot blog) Aug 5, 2014 - One week after the FDA received its first request to approve a biosimilar medicine, a handful of U.S. senators has asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human services when a formal policy will be adopted for naming these medications.
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Have Faster FDA Drug Approvals Caused More Safety Problems?

(Wall Street Journal/Pharmalot blog) Aug 5, 2014 - Has a law designed to speed drug approvals resulted in excessive safety issues?
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Roche Continues Dealmaking with Acquisition of Santaris

(Financial Times) Aug 4, 2014 - Roche is to buy Santaris Pharma for up to $450m in the latest piece of dealmaking by the Swiss pharmaceuticals group.
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Medicare Cuts Payment for Hospital Admissions as Penalties Rise

(Washington Post/Bloomberg) Aug 4, 2014 - Medicare, the U.S. program for the elderly and disabled, said payments for hospital admissions would fall $756 million next year as penalties stiffen for patients who return too early.
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Feeling as if I Failed the Patient

(New York Times/Well blog) July 31, 2014 - I knew going into this specialty that I would be unsuccessful at curing my patients the majority of the time.
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Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology To Promote Personalized Cancer Therapy

(Yahoo! Finance) Aug 5, 2014 - The Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) had its first Board of Directors retreat in Sun Valley, ID on July 25-26, 2014. ISCO decided to explore the formation of a state wide tumor board concentrating on cutting edge molecular techniques to provide personalized cancer therapy to the patients in in the state of Idaho.
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Why One Cancer Company Has Raised $300 Million 12 Months Without An IPO

(Forbes) Aug 5, 2014 - Juno Therapeutics, already one of the best-funded startups in biotechnology history, just announced that it has raised $134 million in a private placement, meaning it has raised $300 million in less than 12 months.
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