Telomerase discovery paves way for drugs to combat aging and cancer

Telomerase discovery paves way for drugs to combat aging and cancer

By Sally Robertson, BScApril 27, 2018 Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have published the first detailed image of the molecular structure of human telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens chromosomes and extends the lifespan of a cell. Credit: Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com Telomerase adds short regions of DNA called telomeres to the ends of chromosomes, which […]

Cancer Drug Helps Treat Tuberculosis

Cancer Drug Helps Treat Tuberculosis

Biomedical engineers have discovered an unlikely potential ally in the global fight against tuberculosis — an FDA-approved drug originally designed to treat cancer.Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are naturally produced by animals to break down connective tissue for a wide array of biological processes such as wound repair, growth and tissue development. Many diseases, however, can hijack […]

Cancer patient lives 600 miles from family to access drug

Cancer patient lives 600 miles from family to access drug

A nurse with breast cancer has to live in London so she can access an NHS drug which is unavailable in ScotlandRUI VIERA/PA A breast cancer patient from Inverness has to live almost 600 miles away in London to get the medication that keeps her alive. Dunise MacIver is the victim of a postcode lottery […]

Japan's Astellas sees cancer drug fueling 29% profit growth

Japan's Astellas sees cancer drug fueling 29% profit growth

TOKYO — Astellas Pharma expects net profit for the year ending in March 2019 to jump 29% to 213 billion yen ($1.94 billion), near the fiscal 2016 record, on strong sales of blockbuster prostate cancer drug Xtandi. Investors zeroed in on Xtandi’s performance when the Japanese pharmaceutical company released fiscal 2017 earnings Thursday. The drug, […]

Mayo, Partners Seek Patent on 'Breakthrough' Brain Cancer Drug Treatment

Mayo, Partners Seek Patent on 'Breakthrough' Brain Cancer Drug Treatment

The Mayo Clinic and a nonprofit genomics research group based in Phoenix have applied for patent protection on a promising drug-and-radiation method for treating deadly brain cancer, which they have hailed as a breakthrough.   The filing was made jointly by Mayo and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), established to make and translate genomic […]

Cancer drug helps treat tuberculosis by restoring leaky blood vessels

Cancer drug helps treat tuberculosis by restoring leaky blood vessels

IMAGE: This stained slide shows a Marimastat-treated granuloma. The tuberculosis bacteria is in red, the blood vessel cells are blue, and the green and yellow stains are large and small nanoparticles… view more  Credit: Xiling Shen, Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Biomedical engineers have discovered an unlikely potential ally in the global fight against tuberculosis — […]

Research from Columbia Business School Measures Impact of New Cancer Drugs, Finds Most Significant Reduction in …

Research from Columbia Business School Measures Impact of New Cancer Drugs, Finds Most Significant Reduction in …

“Cancer has become a huge focus of pharmaceutical innovation in recent years,” said Frank Lichtenberg, author of the study and Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. “While we hear a lot about the cost of drugs, their actual value is less often discussed.” Indeed, over the past four decades, nearly 200 […]

The Million-Dollar Cancer Treatment: Who Will Pay?

The Million-Dollar Cancer Treatment: Who Will Pay?

The Million-Dollar Cancer Treatment: Who Will Pay? – WSJ So far, few patients have received the new drugs, as commercial health plans and Medicare wrestle with how to cover the treatment April 26, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET The emergence of genetics-based medicines is pushing the cost of treating certain diseases to new levels, forcing hospitals […]