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Granix is now available in the fight against neutropenia during chemotherapy. Click here to view the USPI! Visit www.granixrx.com for more information.

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On Aug 19, 2013, the FDA issued a label change for ADCETRIS® (brentuximab vedotin). Below is a copy of the updated USPI for your review. Key label changes found within the attachments include:

1. Dosage and Administration Section 1: 16 cycle limitation has been removed from the label. New label states "Continue treatment until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity"

2. Warnings and Precautions Section 5: Growth factor support added for consistency with Dose Modification in section 2.2


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GENOMICS

Speeding up gene discovery
MIT news
Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, which identified nearly 20,000 protein-coding genes, scientists have been trying to decipher the roles of those genes. A new approach developed at MIT, the Broad Institute, and the Whitehead Institute should speed up the process by allowing researchers to study the entire genome at once.
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Could humans live to 500 years old? Scientists believe genetic tweaks could significantly extend our lifespan
Daily Mail
Living to the ripe old age of 500 might be a possibility if the science shown to extend worms' lives can be applied to humans, scientists have said. U.S. researchers tweaked two genetic pathways in the tiny lab worm Caenorhabditis elegans and boosted the creature's lifespan by a factor of five. The research raises the prospect of anti-aging treatments based on genetic interactions, they said.
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Can meditation affect your genes?
LiveScience
There's a large and growing body of evidence that psychological stress — the kind experienced by war orphans, caretakers of people with dementia, and men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder — can cause genetic damage. But if psychological stress can cause genetic damage, can stress-relieving activities such as meditation and mindfulness training help reduce genetic damage?
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Personalized vaccine for most lethal type of brain tumor shows promise
Science Codex
Patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme treated with an experimental vaccine made from the patient's own resected tumor tissue showed an improved survival compared with historical patients who received the standard of care alone, according to an analysis of a phase 2 trial of this vaccine that was recently published in the journal Neuro-Oncology and accompanied by an editorial highlighting the importance of the trial.
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Crohn's disease study uses patients' own bone marrow cells for personalized treatment
Medical Xpress
An innovative clinical trial using the science of "personalized" cellular therapy is treating older adolescents and adults suffering from Crohn's disease. Physician-researchers at Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are harvesting bone marrow cells from older adolescents and adults with Crohn's — an inflammatory bowel disease — and manufacturing personalized cells to target the disease's inflammatory mechanisms, potentially reducing intestinal flare-ups and limiting long-term damage.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


New hope for stem cells, regenerative medicine emerges from the lab
Phys.org
JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, has published a novel technique that could resolve a snag in stem cell research for application in regenerative medicine — a strategy for reprogramming cells in vivo to act like stem cells that forgoes the risk of causing tumors.
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Mini-kidney grown from stem cells holds promise as diagnostic tool, renal function booster
Medical Daily
It's barely the width of a pin head, but it's a kidney all right. Australian researchers from the University of Queensland have developed the mini-organ, known as an organoid, from a collection of self-assembling stem cells, which they predict may have integral function in diagnosing renal diseases, and hopefully, one day treating those diseases.
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Cancer stem cells: Making sense of the data
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
The potential relationship between circulating tumor cells and CSCs is unclear at present — this is important since it underlines the mechanism by which components of the primary tumor migrate to distal sites and induce mets, the drivers for morbidity and mortality in late-stage cancer patients.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


New technology sheds light on medical procedures
The Herald Bulletin
The dark ages of drawing blood and starting IVs, where veins are missed and needle pricks are repeated, may be a thing of the past. Nowadays, medical professionals can see veins below the skin surface with ease. And they can determine the size and depth with a VeinViewer. Community Hospital Anderson has been providing this illuminating technology to patients since October.
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Robots are becoming ready to work among us
MIT Technology Review
Traditionally, robots were designed to work separately from people. That is starting to change as robots begin working alongside humans to courier medicine in hospitals and assemble complex machinery. New legged robots could soon accompany soldiers across treacherous terrain or perform rescue missions at stricken nuclear power facilities.
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Speeding up gene discovery
MIT news
Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, which identified nearly 20,000 protein-coding genes, scientists have been trying to decipher the roles of those genes.

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A step closer to muscle regeneration
Science Codex
Muscle cell therapy to treat some degenerative diseases, including muscular dystrophy, could be a more realistic clinical possibility, now that scientists have found a way to isolate muscle cells from embryonic tissue.

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Study: 'Mindfulness' meditation alters gene expression
The Huffington Post
It's no secret that mindfulness meditation can ease emotional stress. And evidence is mounting that mindfulness also may have key benefits for your physical health — from lowering blood pressure to helping curb addiction.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


US says 15,000 healthcare enrollments didn't get to insurers
Bloomberg
The government failed to send data to health insurers for about 15,000 people who enrolled in Obamacare through early December, an error corrected before it could jeopardize their coverage, the U.S. said. The percentage of enrollments that aren't transmitted to insurers, a process known as an "834 transaction" is now close to zero, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a report.
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Shrinking hospital networks greet healthcare shoppers on exchanges
The Wall Street Journal
Joy Houng is shopping for health insurance for next year. Her biggest priority right now is to find a plan that covers her monthly visits to specialists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. So far, she has found one plan that includes Cedars-Sinai — but it doesn't cover other services that she needs. "I want to be treated by the same doctors I've been seeing for years," said Houng, a 27-year-old project manager in Sherman Oaks, Calif., who is being treated for chronic pain.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


Meningitis outbreaks call for FDA leadership — Don't hold your breath
Forbes
Vaccination is one of the most important advances in public health in recent centuries, and hundreds of vaccines have all but eradicated many of the infectious disease scourges of the past. But two recent college campus outbreaks of Meningitis B, which is caused by serotype B of a bacterium called Neisseria meningitidis, or meningococcus, show that more needs to be done.
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FDA warns of dangerous erections from ADHD drugs
The Associated Press via ABC News
The Food and Drug Administration is warning that a stimulant used in treatments for the childhood condition attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder can trigger painful, long-lasting erections in rare cases. The federal agency said it is updating drug labels to include information about priapism, a condition that can permanently damage a patient's penis.
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FAST FACTS
"Seizures can be caused by a number of factors, including epilepsy or fever, and most seizures stop themselves, according to the National Institutes of Health."


 

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