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House Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on SGR Formula

(ASCO in Action) Jan 13, 2015 - With a March 31 deadline looming for the 114th Congress to either patch or repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing (tentatively scheduled for the week of Jan. 19) to discuss the future of the fundamentally flawed formula used to set Medicare physician payments.
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Improving Care in Gastric and GE Junction Cancers

(ACCCBuzz) Jan 8, 2015 - ACCC's Improving Care in Gastric/GE Junction Cancers project seeks to better the quality of care for gastric and GE junction cancer patients treated at community cancer programs.
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Can The Mammogram Panel Read A Mammogram?

(Forbes) Jan 13, 2015 - Soon the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) will issue a new draft of recommendations for breast cancer screening in women.
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Boehringer Ingelheim and Vanderbilt University Join Forces to Develop New Ras Inhibitors for Cancer Treatment

(Boehringer Ingelheim) Jan 14, 2015 - Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that it has established a research alliance with Vanderbilt University. The aim of the new collaboration is the research and development of small molecule inhibitors of oncogenic Ras for the treatment of cancer.
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BI and Yale Uni Link Arms for Immunotherapy Research

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Jan 13, 2015 - Boehringer Ingelheim is delving deeper into the hot field of immunotherapy in a research deal with Yale University to discover novel therapeutic targets that harness the immune system to fight disease.
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Intrexon, ZIOPHARM, and MD Anderson in Exclusive CAR T Pact

(NASDAQ) Jan 13, 2015 - Intrexon Corporation and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology, today announced a broad exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sublicensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies.
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NantWorks Announces Launch of an Immuno-Oncology Company, NantCell, and Licensing Agreement with Amgen for an Oncology Antibody

(Yahoo! Finance) Jan 14, 2015 - NantCell, LLC today announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Amgen Inc. for AMG 479 (ganitumab), previously in Phase 3 development.
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New Test Helps Guide Treatment for Bone Marrow Transplant Patients with Graft vs. Host Disease

(U-M Health System) Jan 13, 2015 - A new test can guide treatment for patients with graft versus host disease (GVHD), an often life-threatening complication of bone marrow and stem cell transplants, according to research from the University of Michigan published in Lancet Haematology this month.
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UCLA Scientists Use ‘NanoVelcro’ and Temperature Control to Extract Tumor Cells from Blood

(UCLA Health) Jan 12, 2015 - An international group led by scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute has developed a new method for effectively extracting and analyzing cancer cells circulating in patients’ blood.
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Children of Melanoma Survivors Need Better Protection from Sun’s Harmful Rays, UCLA Research Shows

(UCLA Health) Jan 13, 2015 - UCLA researchers have found that children of melanoma survivors are not comprehensively adhering to sun protection recommendations, despite them being at an increased risk for developing the disease as adults.
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Drug for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Boosts Radiation Effectiveness in Melanoma Laboratory Models with Brain Metastasis

(Rutgers/CINJ) Jan 12, 2015 - Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University demonstrates that a drug used to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) helps radiation be more effective when it was administered to laboratory models with melanoma that had metastasized to the brain.
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WVU Research Shows Promise for Reducing Risk of Breast Cancer Spreading to the Brain

(WVU Health News) Jan 12, 2015 - Research seeks to better understand why and how breast cancer can spread to the brain with the goal of developing a way to reduce the risk of this phenomenon.
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Moderately Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer in T2DM

(Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News) Jan 13, 2015 - Increased risk for diabetes patients with obesity duration of four years or longer.
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Analyzing the Gut Microbiome to Help Detect Colorectal Cancer

(NCI) Jan 13, 2015 - Changes in the gut microbiome could help distinguish individuals with healthy colons from those with either colorectal adenomas (polyps with a risk of becoming cancer) or colorectal cancer, according to results of two recent studies.
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Race, Ethnicity Affect Breast Cancer Survival, Study Shows

( News) Jan 13, 2015 - Your chances of being diagnosed with early breast cancer, as well as surviving it, vary greatly depending on your race and ethnicity, a new study indicates.
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Express Scripts Sees Opportunity to Lower Cancer Treatment Cost

(Reuters) Jan 13, 2015 - Express Scripts, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, on Tuesday said cost savings on expensive cancer treatments could be achieved if the company were involved earlier in the decision-making process.
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Cancer Drugs Fund Cuts 16 Therapies, Budget Rises

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Jan 12, 2015 - Details of the eagerly-awaited NHS Cancer Drugs Fund review has been released, which shows that its budget will grow but 16 drugs (covering 25 indications) out of 84 drugs will be chopped.
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After Roiling Hepatitis Market, Express Scripts Turns to Cholesterol

(Bloomberg) Jan 13, 2015 - After igniting a price war over hepatitis C medicine that has roiled the pharmaceutical industry, Express Scripts Holding Co. is looking to reap savings from expensive new treatments for cancer and high cholesterol.
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Let Me Die, Chinese Mother Says as Cancer Bills Pile Up

(Bloomberg) Jan 12, 2015 - Across China, families who have ridden the country’s economic boom to prosperity often plummet into financial ruin after a cancer diagnosis. In a nation where most people rely on government health insurance, cancer patients are finding that costs, including expensive drugs, far outstrip coverage.
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Janssen Biotech Strikes $241M Deal for 'Gut Drug' Candidate

(Philadelphia Business Journal/HealthCare Inc. blog) Jan 13, 2015 - Janssen Biotech Inc. entered into a licensing agreement Tuesday for an experimental inflammatory bowel disease treatment under development by Vedanta Biosciences.
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Lilly Says It Couldn't Have Made Tainted Cialis

( Jan 13, 2015 - A batch of Cialis pills, purportedly made at a plant in Australia, was banned from entering the United States after the pills were found to contain the active ingredient for rival erectile-dysfunction drug Viagra.
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U.S. Insurers Squeeze Diabetes Drug Prices : Eli Lilly

(Reuters) Jan 12, 2015 - Eli Lilly and Co said on Monday that U.S. insurers are increasing pressure on the price of diabetes medications as they switch coverage from certain drugs to others to trim costs.
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FDA to Create New Drug Quality Office

(NASDAQ/Dow Jones Business News) Jan 12, 2015 - The Food and Drug Administration plans to create a new Office of Pharmaceutical Quality to focus in part on manufacturing problems such as those that have beset generic companies that make extended-release versions of drugs.
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JPMorgan CEO Dimon Says He Struggled with Disclosing His Cancer

(Reuters) Jan 12, 2015 - Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co, said on Monday that he struggled with having to publicly disclose in July that he had throat cancer.
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Another NICE No for Dendreon Cancer Drug

(Pharmafile [UK]) Jan 13, 2015 - Dendreon has seen its prostate cancer treatment for people whose disease has spread and who are not yet suitable for chemotherapy, rejected by NICE for the second time in less than a year.
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