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Letters: FDA Should Encourage, Not Delay, Medical Innovation

(Wall Street Journal) Feb 24, 2012 - Andrew von Eschenbach is correct that changes are needed in the Food and Drug Administration's oversight of pharmaceuticals and other regulated products ("Medical Innovation: How the U.S. Can Retain Its Lead," op-ed, Feb. 14).
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U.S. Panel Backs Forest Labs Drug For Smoker's Cough

(Reuters) Feb 23, 2012 - An experimental inhaled lung treatment from Forest Laboratories Inc and Almirall SA won the support of a U.S. advisory panel on Thursday, a boost toward eventually gaining approval for the drug to treat smoker's cough.
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Medicines Administrator Calls For Collaboration With Generic Drugmakers on Fee Collection

(The Hill/Healthwatch blog) Feb 23, 2012 - The nation's top medicines administrator called for close collaboration between drugmakers and federal regulators to ensure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is able to collect the fees it needs to review generic applications.
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Hospitals Face Added Tests to Access $14.6 Billion For Digital Health Data

(Bloomberg) Feb 24, 2012 - Hospitals would have to show they’ve amassed the vital statistics of more than 80 percent of their patients in digital form, among other targets, to continue collecting as much as $14.6 billion in federal grants for installing electronic records technology sold by General Electric Co. (GE) and smaller suppliers.
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Health Reform Law Provides Coverage For Nearly 50,000 Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

(HHS) Feb 23, 2012 - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that the new health care law’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program is providing insurance to nearly 50,000 people with high-risk pre-existing conditions nationwide.
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Is Chavez Sacrificing Cancer Care For Privacy?

(Boston Globe/Associated Press) Feb 24, 2012 - As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez flies to Cuba Friday for surgery to remove a possibly cancerous growth, top doctors say he could be taking a risk by skipping more respected cancer centers in Brazil or the U.S. if his illness proves more complicated.
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Cancer Community Leaders Make Case For Federal Funding to Deliver Promising Local Research From Labs to Doctors' Offices

(ACS CAN) Feb 23, 2012 - The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) brought cancer community leaders together at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center today to encourage lawmakers to support increased federal funding for cancer research so that progress can continue against a disease that kills an estimated 1,500 people in America each day.
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February Practice Update (Part Two)

(ASH) Feb 23, 2012 - Agreement Reached to Avert Cuts in Medicare Physician Payment for Remainder of 2012; HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date; Progress Report on Drug Shortages: Doxil and Methotrexate Shortages Resolved; and more.
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Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Evaluate Teaching Program For Breaking Bad News to Patients

(Moffitt Cancer Center) Feb 22, 2012 - Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine evaluated the experience of medical students who participated in videotaped sessions where they practiced conveying difficult news to "standardized patients" (SPs). The SPs role-played patients with a variety of cancers and who were receiving bad medical news.
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Dr. Lowell E. Schnipper Named Clinical Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center

(Boston Globe/Associated Press) Feb 22, 2012 - Dr. Lowell E. Schnipper has been named clinical director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Center. Schnipper had been chief of hematology and oncology in the Department of Medicine since 1974. In his new role, he will coordinate clinical care and research across cancer types.
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Healthcare Steps Up Cancer Services

(Arizona Republic) Feb 23, 2012 - Scottsdale Healthcare has bolstered its cancer-care offerings with a new bone-marrow transplant program that will serve patients receiving treatment for aggressive blood cancers.
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Online Patient Communities Help Match Lung Cancer Patients With Clinical Trials

(UCCC blog) Feb 23, 2012 - As oncologists already know and newly diagnosed lung cancer patients learn, the kind of treatment patients get is becoming increasingly dependent on the specific gene mutations present in the cancer.
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Combined Inhibition of VEGF and c-MET Can Decrease Metastasis

(AACR) Feb 24, 2012 - Dual inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor and c-MET signaling inhibited tumor invasion and metastasis in a laboratory model of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, according to a paper published in Cancer Discovery, the newest journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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Researchers Reveal How Cancer Cells Change Once They Spread to Distant Organs

(Weill Cornell Medical College) Feb 22, 2012 - Oncologists have known that in order for cancer cells to spread, they must transform themselves so they can detach from a tumor and spread to a distant organ.
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Cancer Research Shows Promise of New Drugs

(UCSF Helen Diller Family CCC) Feb 22, 2012 - Uncovering the network of genes regulated by a crucial molecule involved in cancer called mTOR, which controls protein production inside cells, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered how a protein “master regulator” goes awry, leading to metastasis, the fatal step of cancer.
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Stronger Intestinal Barrier May Prevent Cancer in the Rest of the Body, New Study Suggests

(Kimmel Cancer Center blog) Feb 21, 2012 - A leaky gut may be the root of some cancers forming in the rest of the body, a new study published online Feb. 21 in PLoS ONE by Thomas Jefferson University researchers suggests.
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Minorities, Young People Take Longer to Diagnose For Cancer Than Other Groups

(Fox News) Feb 24, 2012 - The path to see a cancer specialist isn’t always the same for every cancer patient.
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Tracing Fake Avastin to the Mideast

(Wall Street Journal) Feb 24, 2012 - About three years before counterfeit copies of Roche Holding AG's cancer drug Avastin surfaced in the U.S., a case in Syria involved fakes of the same drug, showing the company has been grappling with bootlegging of the product for some time.
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The Importance of Competition and the Marketplace in Biopharmaceutical Innovation

(Forbes) Feb 22, 2012 - Presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently had an interesting exchange with a mother about the high cost of medicines.
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Opinion: Health Care's Coming Price Revolution

(Wall Street Journal) Feb 23, 2012 - The private sector is moving to give people the information they need to get treatments that are worth the money. But ObamaCare blocks the way.
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US Drafts Plan to Fight Feared Alzheimer's Disease

(New York Times/Associated Press) Feb 22, 2012 - The Obama administration declared Alzheimer's "one of the most feared health conditions" on Wednesday as it issued a draft of a new national strategy to fight the ominous rise in this mind-destroying disease.
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Qnexa: FDA Panel Recommends Approval for Weight-Loss Drug

(Time Healthland/Associated Press) Feb 22, 2012 - A previously rejected weight loss pill won an overwhelming endorsement from public health advisers Wednesday, raising hopes that the drug from Vivus Inc. could become the first new anti-obesity medication to reach the U.S. market in more than a decade.
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Duke Debuts $235 Million Cancer Center

(Charlotte Observer) Feb 23, 2012 - A flickering gas fireplace welcomes you at the entrance. Around the corner from the front desk is a boutique with dark wood floors and low lighting calibrated to flatter.
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Seattle Genetics Provides Update on Commercial Leadership

(Yahoo! Finance) Feb 23, 2012 - Seattle Genetics, Inc. today announced that Chris Boerner, Ph.D. has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Commercial. Dr. Boerner joined Seattle Genetics in November 2010 as Vice President, Marketing, and has served as a key member of the commercial organization involved in the launch of ADCETRIS™ (brentuximab vedotin).
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Prime Therapeutics Announces Oncology Management Program

(MarketWatch) Feb 23, 2012 - Prime Therapeutics (Prime), a leading pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), has announced its new oncology management program designed to improve the quality and value of cancer care for patients.
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