Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Pertactin-negative Bordetella pertussis identified in U.S.

(HealthDay)—Pertactin-negative variants of Bordetella pertussis have been identified in the United States; and children who receive diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell pertussis (DTwP) priming have lower reported rates of pertussis, ...

Medical research

Blueberries help lab rats build strong bones

Compounds in blueberries might turn out to have a powerful effect on formation of strong, healthy bones, if results from studies with laboratory rats turn out to hold true for humans.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Embryo-analysis technique may boost in vitro fertilization success

(Medical Xpress)—Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have devised a two-part approach to identify developing human embryos most likely to result in successful pregnancies. The technique could transform the ...

Oncology & Cancer

Merck KGaA suffers setback on cancer drug

German pharmaceuticals maker Merck KGaA said Thursday that phase III clinical trials of its gastric cancer drug Erbitux had shown no benefits for patients.

Oncology & Cancer

Cancer drugs: better, cheaper

Cancer drug development is known to be too slow, costly and fraught with failure. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recommendations for breast cancer trials that would substantially accelerate patient access ...

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