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2012-08-16 13:08:51

Oral drug shows clinical response and remission in some patients An investigational drug currently under FDA review for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has now shown positive results in patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine. The study will appear in the August 16, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Results from the phase 2 clinical trial showed the drug...

2012-08-09 23:00:52

As Bloomberg reported on June 30th 2012, a New Jersey jury ruled that Hoffman-LaRoche must pay $18 million in damages to two former Accutane users, Kathleen Rossitto and Riley Wilkinson (case no. ATL-l-7481-10-MT and ATL-L-1311-08-MT). Accutane (isotretinoin), manufactured by Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc., is a popular acne medication introduced in 1982. In 2009, as the number of lawsuits against Hoffman-LaRoche kept increasing, Accutane was pulled from the US market. Now, AttorneyOne.com, a...

2012-08-07 07:41:59

Adalimumab (an anti-tumor necrosis factor [TNF] antibody) is effective in maintaining remission in certain pediatric patients with Crohn's disease, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Steroids are commonly used in Crohn's disease, but can stunt growth and delay puberty. Incidence of this disease, which causes intestinal inflammation, is on the rise in children. This study is the largest double-blind study of...

2012-08-03 01:10:54

Results from a study conducted at Georgia State University suggest that a "fight" between bacteria normally living in the intestines and the immune system, kicked off by another type of bacteria, may be linked to two types of chronic disease. The study suggests that the "fight" continues after the instigator bacteria have been cleared by the body, according to Andrew Gewirtz, professor of biology at the GSU Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection. That fight can result in metabolic...

2012-07-30 23:00:17

According to court documents, on May 29th, 2012, a Minnesota woman, Marilyn Abicht, filed a lawsuit in Minnesota District Court (case no. 0:2012cv01278) alleging that Reglan (metoclopramide) caused her tardive dyskinesia. Reglan (metoclopramide) is a drug used to help with the digestive process and reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn. It has been in the market since 1996. In 2009, the US FDA issued a black box warning that treatment with metoclopramide (Reglan) can cause tardive...

2012-07-10 10:42:24

A naturally occurring protein called TLR1 plays a critical role in protecting the body from illnesses caused by eating undercooked pork or drinking contaminated water, according to new research from the University of Southern California (USC). The discovery may help create more effective oral vaccines for infections of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems and already has launched an examination of how TLR1 is linked to inflammatory bowel disease, says R. William DePaolo, assistant...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.