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Kids' Risk for Chronic Conditions Higher When Mom Has RA

Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:06:17 EST
Clinicians should be aware that offspring of moms with RA may have higher risk for RA, thyroid disease, or epilepsy, researchers warn.
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Drug Deposited Directly Into the Brain Effective in Epilepsy

Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:59:51 EST
A microinfusion device that continuously delivers valproate directly to the brain is safe and effective in patients with severe, refractory focal epilepsy, early research shows.
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Smoking Cessation Treatment in Mental Illness Effective

Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:39:44 EST
Headway is being made in the treatment of tobacco dependence in psychiatric and substance abuse patients, owing to a better understanding of the safety and efficacy of therapeutic strategies.
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National Survey: About Half of Gastroenterologists Burnt Out

Published: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:37:56 EST
The level of burnout among gastroenterologists has 'serious implications' for the workforce, and needs to be taken as a 'wake-up call,' experts report.
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Sage wows with phase 2 depression data, sending stock to new highs

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:33:58 +0000
Sage Therapeutics has scored another big win in the clinic. SAGE-217 triggered near-immediate, fairly durable improvements in patients with major depressive disorder, sending its stock on a tear for the second time in the past month.

1-year data set Spark/Pfizer on track with hemophilia B gene therapy

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:19:11 +0000
Patients with hemophilia B have seen their symptoms controlled for up to a year with a single dose of a gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics, almost entirely eliminating the need for treatment with clotting factors.

FDA opens door to multiarm, multicompany clinical trials

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:23:11 +0000
The FDA has outlined how developers of drugs targeting rare pediatric diseases can streamline their clinical development programs by collaborating. Officials want drug developers to consider teaming up to test multiple candidates in single trials, thereby cutting the number of patients who need to receive placebos. 

Metabolic biotech Metacrine gains $22M for NASH tests

Published: Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:04:11 +0000
We’ve spoken a lot about NASH this week—this year in fact. Yet Metacrine is seeing us talk about it again after completing a series B as it aims to combat the fatty liver disorder.
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