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Presentations at EHA highlight gene therapy approaches to beta-thalassemia, sickle cell disease

Two different gene therapy approaches to treating two blood disorders were the subject of presentations at a hematology meeting Friday, with both showing efficacy. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based bluebird bio said that data from its Phase III study of Zynteglo (betibeglogene autotemcel) – also known as LentiGlobin – in transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia (TDT) presented at the European Hematology […]

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WHO is investigating whether coronavirus causes rare inflammatory disease in some kids

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. Denis Balibouse | REUTERS The World Health Organization is investigating whether the coronavirus causes some children to develop a rare inflammatory disease, WHO officials said Wednesday. […]

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Infectious Disease Expert: FDA Has ‘All But Given Up’ Oversight On Antibody Testing

The Food and Drug Administration has “all but given up” its oversight responsibility on coronavirus antibody tests, one the country’s top infectious disease experts said Sunday. “We have the wild, wild West for testing right now,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, […]

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Infectious Disease Expert Makes Chilling Prediction About States Reopening Amid Pandemic

Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warned that the states starting to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic “will pay a big price later on.” Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that states like Georgia, Colorado and others that are easing […]

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Alexion to start Phase III study of blood disorder drug in Covid-19 respiratory disease

A biotech company that markets drugs for rare blood disorders plans to bring its most recently approved product into a Phase III clinical trial for Covid-19. Boston-based Alexion Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it would start a global Phase III study of Ultomiris (ravulizumab-cwvz) in adults with Covid-19 who are hospitalized with severe pneumonia or acute […]

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RDMD raises $14M for rare disease real-world evidence generation

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many startup companies are continuing to close funding rounds to support their product-development and other efforts. The following is a list of companies that have announced fund raises over the past couple of weeks. RefleXion MedicalHeadquarters: Hayward, CaliforniaAmount raised: $ 100 million The company said Thursday that it had raised […]

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Potential role for regular aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease prevention

In a pilot study, researchers investigated the potential of regular aerobic exercise in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, a progressive brain condition that impairs memory, thought processes, and behavior. Dementia usually affects older people, although it is not a normal part of aging. With people living longer worldwide, […]

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Coronavirus disease named Covid-19

Media playback is unsupported on your device The World Health Organization says the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-2019. “We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. It comes after the death toll from the virus passed […]

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Languages affected differently by brain disease

There are differences in the way English and Italian speakers are affected by dementia-related language problems, a small study suggests. While English speakers had trouble pronouncing words, Italian speakers came out with shorter, simpler sentences. The findings could help ensure accurate diagnoses for people from different cultures, the researchers said. Diagnostic criteria are often based […]