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Pharmacovigilance – News and Features

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Microbial Monitoring for Biopharma Manufacturing

Contamination is a significant issue for bioprocessing as it results in loss of time, money and effort. This article will explore the pivotal role of microbial monitoring in upholding product safety and quality standards within the biopharmaceutical industry.
Prostate cancer cells.

Study Sheds Light on Combating Drug-Resistant Prostate Cancer

New research sheds light on the significance of the glucocorticoid receptor in drug-resistant prostate cancer, showing that the development of drug resistance could be prevented.
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Popular Diabetes and Obesity Drugs Don’t Increase Thyroid Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

Drugs known as GLP-1 analogues have become increasingly popular to treat diabetes and obesity, but there have been concerns that they might increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Now an extensive Scandinavian study has found no evidence of such a link.
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UTI Oral Vaccine Offers Promising Alternative to Antibiotics

An oral vaccine against recurrent UTIs could reduce the need for antibiotic treatment.
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Prostate Cancer Test Reduces Deaths But Leads to Overdiagnosis, Study Finds

The largest study to date investigating a single invitation to a PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer has found it had a small impact on reducing deaths, but also led to overdiagnosis.
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Study Sheds Light on Side Effects for Children Taking Asthma Drug

A University of Oklahoma study about a “black box warning” for the asthma drug Singulair continues to influence a national conversation about the medication and its reported neuropsychiatric side effects in children and adolescents.
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Novel Blood Test Provides Insights Into the Role of Epstein-Barr Virus in MS

Scientists have developed a novel blood test to measure the immune response to the Epstein-Barr virus, the leading risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis. The test has the potential to be applied in clinical trials that target the virus.
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A More Accurate Method for Detecting Powassan Virus

Researchers have devised a more accurate method for detecting the emerging Powassan virus in ticks. This robust, real-time approach reduces the incidence of false negative test results.
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Diabetes Drug Shows Promise for Parkinson’s Disease in Trial

Results from a Phase 2 clinical trial suggest that lixisenatide – a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes – may also slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
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Designing a Vaccine To Block “Zombie Drug” Xylazine

Scripps Research chemical biologists have developed a vaccine to block the effects of xylazine’s toxicity. The vaccine works by training the immune system to attack the drug, which is described in a new paper published in Chemical Communications.