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  • Paracetamol no better than placebo for lower back pain
    Paracetamol is no better than placebo at speeding recovery from acute episodes of lower back pain or improving pain levels, function, sleep, or quality of life, according to the first large randomised trial to compare the effectiveness of paracetamol with placebo for low-back pain. The findings, published in The Lancet, question the universal endorsement of paracetamol as the first choice painkiller for low-back pain, say the authors.

  • Rosemary and oregano contain diabetes-fighting compounds
    The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait.

  • Merck strengthens commitment to Chinese growth market
    Merck KGaAMerck, a leading company for high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, today reiterated its commitment to investments in the Chinese market, strengthening a major pillar of its emerging markets growth strategy.

  • Transparency lacking in clinical trials
    A significant percentage of completed drug clinical trials, especially those funded by industry, are not disclosed to the public, years after being completed - a trend that "threatens the validity of the clinical research literature in the U.S.," according to a study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher.

  • Researchers eliminate the HIV virus from cultured human cells for first time
    The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims' DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh attack. Now, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers has designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for good.

  • MedImmune and Advaxis partner on immuno-oncology combination clinical trial
    AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today announced that MedImmune, its global biologics research and development arm, has entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Advaxis, Inc., a US-based biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies.

  • Niacin too dangerous for routine cholesterol therapy
    After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of death, dangerous side effects and no benefit in reducing heart attacks and strokes, writes Northwestern MedicineĀ® preventive cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial.

  • AstraZeneca reveals designs for new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge, UK
    AstraZenecaAstraZeneca today revealed the proposed designs for its new Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters in Cambridge in the UK. The plans for the new facility, which will be located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), include designs for the Global Centre, an R&D Enabling Building and an Energy Centre(1).

  • Novartis maintained strong innovation momentum in second quarter
    NovartisNovartis Group net sales increased 2% (+2% cc) to USD 14.6 billion in the second quarter. Growth products contributed USD 4.7 billion or 32% of Group net sales, up 18% (USD) over the prior-year quarter. Group operating income increased 6% (+11% cc) to USD 3.1 billion. Currency had a negative impact of 5 percentage points, primarily due to the stronger Swiss franc and weakening of emerging market currencies, partly offset by a stronger euro.

  • Pfizer to Acquire InnoPharma, Inc.
    PfizerPfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and InnoPharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical development company, today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Pfizer will acquire InnoPharma.