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NHS Cancer Guide For GPs And Patients Could Save 5,000 Lives A Year, Says Nice

(The Guardian [UK]) June 22, 2015 - Guidance on symptoms and tests drawn up by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for doctors and patients could transform cancer care in UK.
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ASCO Publishes Conceptual Framework to Assess the Value of New Cancer Treatment Options

(ASCO) June 22, 2015 - The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today published an initial version of a conceptual framework for assessing the value of new cancer treatment options based on clinical benefit, side effects, and cost.
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Many Physicians Still Unprepared for ICD-10

(Medscape Medical News) June 22, 2015 - Few practices have done external or internal testing; meanwhile, the AAFP asks CMS to suspend ICD-10-related audits by RACs.
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A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks

(New York Times) June 19, 2015 - The death rate from coronary heart disease has dropped 38 percent in a decade. One reason is that hospitals rich and poor have streamlined emergency treatment.
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Insurers, Hospitals Brace for Affordable Care Act Ruling

(Wall Street Journal) June 22, 2015 - Hospitals, doctors and consumers prepare for fallout if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies that help 6.4 million Americans buy insurance.
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Cigna Rejects $47 Billion Anthem Bid Amid Leadership Clash

(Bloomberg) June 21, 2015 - Cigna Corp. rejected Anthem Inc.’s $47 billion takeover bid, saying it was inadequate, not in the best interests of shareholders and that Anthem’s management wasn’t fit to lead a merged insurance giant.
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ERYTECH Announces Two Positive DSMB Reviews

(Digital Journal) June 22, 2015 - Dose escalation to next dose level and acceleration of patient enrollment recommended in US Phase I study with ERY-ASP in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL); continuation of enrollment recommended in the ERY-ASP/Folfox treatment arm in Phase II pancreatic cancer study.
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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

(Whitehouse.gov) June 18, 2015 - President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts on the National Cancer Advisory Board:
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Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State To Raise Smoking Age To 21

(Reuters) June 20, 2015 - Hawaii's governor on Friday signed a bill raising the legal smoking age statewide to 21, the first U.S. state to do so.
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The Good News, At Last, In Prostate Cancer Screening

(Common Sense MD blog) June 19, 2015 - As I previously documented in a series of posts on this blog, the road to the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force's 2012 "don't do it" recommendation on PSA-based screening for prostate cancer was long, arduous, and full of political pitfalls.
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Abbott OKs Ousting Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

(The Texas Tribune) June 20, 2015 - A months-long effort to keep Republicans from pushing Planned Parenthood out of a state cancer screening program for low-income women ended in defeat on Saturday when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed off on the proposal.
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Transgenomic Announces Plans to Launch Liquid Biopsy Cancer Test Pipeline During 2015

(TheStreet) June 22, 2015 - Plans to release up to six new lab-based cancer tests this year targeting actionable mutations in melanoma, lung cancer and colorectal cancer for use with tissue or liquid biopsy samples.
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IMS Health and Foundation Medicine Announce Collaboration to Optimize Targeting of Precision Therapies in Oncology

(Yahoo! Finance) June 22, 2015 – IMS Health and Foundation Medicine, Inc. today announced a collaboration to advance the understanding and effectiveness of precision medicines for treating cancer.
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Kite, Bluebird Partner For New Cancer Therapies

(Reuters) June 22, 2015 - Cancer drug developers Kite Pharma Inc and Bluebird Bio Inc said they would partner to develop and market a new class of T-cell therapies for HPV-associated cancers.
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Epizyme Announces Additional Positive Data from Ongoing Phase 1 Study of Tazemetostat (EPZ-6438) in Relapsed or Refractory Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

(TheStreet) June 20, 2015 - Epizyme, Inc. today reported results from the ongoing phase 1 trial of tazemetostat (EPZ-6438), a first-in-class EZH2 inhibitor, showing meaningful clinical activity when used as an oral monotherapy in patients with advanced B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) and solid tumors.
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Karyopharm Presents Hematologic Cancer Data on Lead Drug Candidate Selinexor at International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma

(Karyopharm Therapeutics) June 22, 2015 - Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc., today announced the presentation of positive clinical and preclinical data for its lead product candidate, selinexor (KPT-330), a first-in-class, oral Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export / SINE(TM) compound, at the 13th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma (ICML) 2015 held June 17-20, 2015 in Lugano, Switzerland.
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Investigator-Sponsored Trial Evaluating Biothera’s Imprime PGG in Relapsed Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

(Yahoo! Finance) June 22, 2015 - Biothera today announced that patient dosing has begun in an investigator-sponsored phase 2 trial of its investigational cancer immunotherapy, Imprime PGG, in combination with rituximab (Rituxan®) for relapsed indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
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A Nutty Way to Prevent Cancer?

(MedPage Today) June 17, 2015 - Nut consumption was associated with a decreased risk of some types of cancer but not with type 2 diabetes in a large review.
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Detroit Researchers Help Identify Gene Mutation That Can Trigger Lymphoblastic Leukemia

(Children’s Hospital of Michigan) June 18, 2015 – Two medical researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Wayne State University School of Medicine have published the results of a nearly 10-year investigation that identified a key gene mutation that can trigger acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, and several other types of cancer.
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Latina Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer Need More Culturally Relevant, Language-Specific Stress Management Tools

(Moffitt) June 15, 2015 - Familial obligations and relationships are stress-inducers for Latina cancer patients that must be recognized by health care providers and educators.
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Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Discover Mechanism Leading to BRAF Inhibitor Resistance in Melanoma Patients

(Moffitt) June 18, 2015 - More than half of all melanoma patients have a BRAF mutation; many become resistant to BRAF inhibitor treatment and relapse.
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PD Linked To Increased Cancer Risk In Asian Population

(medwireNews) June 19, 2015 - A Taiwanese population-based cohort study reports an increased risk of most cancers in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), contrasting with findings in Western populations.
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Tubal Ligation Cuts Risk of Aggressive Endometrial Cancer

(MedPage Today) June 20, 2015 - Women who undergo tubal ligation (TL) at young ages and develop aggressive endometrial carcinoma later in life present with lower-stage disease and have a lower rate of mortality than do women who have not undergone TL, the NRG Oncology/Gynecologic Oncology Group 210 Trial has revealed.
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Clinical Trial of Experimental Ebola Drug Is Halted

(New York Times) June 19, 2015 - In a setback for efforts to treat Ebola, an experimental drug that researchers had considered one of the most promising potential treatments has not worked in patients in Sierra Leone, the drug's developer said Friday.
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DHL, UPS Build Up ‘Cold Chain’ Shipping for Pharmaceuticals

(Wall Street Journal) June 18, 2015 - The largest U.S. logistics companies are preparing for a boom in spending on specialty drugs that require temperature-controlled shipping by investing in so-called cold-chain infrastructure.
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