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Clinical trial tests oral cancer drug to combat respiratory symptoms of COVID-19

Researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC—James) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are conducting a new clinical trial to determine if an oral cancer drug called ibrutinib can also help patients with cancer or other immunocompromised conditions recover from […]

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Antibody drug shows promise for treating severe COVID-19 patients

Study of coronavirus patients treated with an antibody drug used for cancer patients found some went from needing oxygen to being discharged from the hospital in FIVE DAYS Twelve Mayo Clinic coronavirus patients were given the antibody drug lenzilumab Lenzilumab treats the ‘cytokine storm’ seen in cancer patients treated with an immunotherapy drug  All 12 […]

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USPSTF urges primary care docs to ask adults about drug use

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that primary care clinicians ask adults about drug use and connect them to services for treatment and appropriate care. These recommendations form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Carrie D. Patnode, Ph.D., […]

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University-led COVID19 drug trial expands into home testing

The trial of an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID-19 in those most at risk is to be expanded to dose patients in the home setting. In March, the University of Southampton and drug development company Synairgen began clinical tests of SNG001, a special, inhaled formulation of the naturally occurring antiviral protein interferon […]

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Precision medicine guides choice of better drug therapy in severe heart disease

Is personalized medicine cost-effective? University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Nita Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and colleagues across the United States have answered that question for one medical treatment. Patients experiencing a heart attack—known as a myocardial infarction or an acute coronary syndrome—have sharply diminished blood flow in coronary arteries, with a high risk of heart […]