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Tasmania to trial an epilepsy world first

Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy will soon benefit from a world-first telephone-based peer support service delivered in a partnership between ...

Clinical trial for Cardiff’s shingles treatment

The first ever patient has been enrolled in the pivotal phase III clinical trial of a drug pioneered by the University which ...

FDA approves new drug treatment for nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Varubi (rolapitant) to prevent delayed phase chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (emesis). Varubi is approved in adults in combination with other drugs (antiemetic agents) that prevent nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of vomit-inducing (emetogenic and highly emetogenic) cancer chemotherapy. ... Full story

FDA approves Repatha to treat certain patients with high cholesterol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Repatha (evolocumab) injection for some patients who are unable to get their low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol under control with current treatment options. ... Full story

Study Finds Tests Used to Measure Internal Bleeding For Patients Taking Two Popular Drugs May Not Be Reliable

A recently-published study found that while internal bleeding may be uncommon as a result of taking blood thinners such as Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) and Eliquis® (apixaban), the normal coagulation tests physicians use to check for the side effect of bleeding may not be reliable. ... Full story

Patient-Funded Trials May Do More Harm Than Good, Ethicists Warn

In the era of launching Kickstarter campaigns to pay for just about anything, Carnegie Mellon University ethicists warn that the trend of patients funding their own clinical trials may do more harm than good. ... Full story

Ebola vaccine trial begins in Senegal

A clinical trial to evaluate an Ebola vaccine has begun in Dakar, Senegal, after initial research started at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University. The announcement comes as a conference in Oxford discusses the global response to Ebola and the implications for future drug and vaccine development. ... Full story

Study: Virtual Research Studies Feasible

A new pilot study in Parkinson’s disease suggests a new era of clinical research which removes the barrier of distance for both scientists and volunteers. The research, which appears in the journal Digital Health, could also enable researchers to leverage the rapid growth in personal genetic testing to better diagnose, and potentially treat, a wide range of diseases. ... Full story

School experts comment on first real-life trial of successful oral cholera vaccine

School experts have welcomed the results of the first real-life trial of an oral cholera vaccine conducted by researchers in Bangladesh. ... Full story

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