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Vitae-Boehringer diabetes drug fails as add-on therapy in trial

Vitae Pharmaceuticals Inc said its drug to treat type 2 diabetes in overweight patients did not meet its main goal in a mid-stage study testing it as an add-on therapy.…

Egalet says drug less likely to be abused than other painkillers

Egalet Corp said data showed its experimental painkiller was less likely to be abused than a form of morphine already being sold. A study showed recreational opioid users did not…

Thailand’s first MERS case declared free of deadly virus

BANGKOK An Omani man who became Thailand’s first case of Middle East Respiratory Sydnrome (MERS) has been declared free of the deadly virus, Thailand’s health ministry said on Monday. The…

New data fuel hopes for broad use of Novartis psoriasis drug

BASEL, Switzerland Novartis is increasingly confident about the potential of its new injectable drug Cosentyx, as fresh clinical data confirms its long-term benefits in treating psoriatic arthritis. Cosentyx was approved…

Mom’s diabetes control in pregnancy may affect kids’ brains

(Reuters Health) – For pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, good control of blood sugar might make a difference in how well their child does in school years later, according…

Older stroke patients may not get needed anti-clotting drugs

(Reuters Health) – Following a first stroke, older, poorer and less educated patients may have lower odds of getting clot-busting drugs to help prevent another blockage of blood to the…

Elevated blood pressure in early adult years tied to heart issues later

(Reuters Health) – People who have slightly high blood pressure during their 20s are more likely to have signs of heart failure at age 50, according to a new study.…

Online tools can help manage pain

(Reuters Health) – People with chronic pain may be able to use online tools to manage their symptoms, lessening the need for frequent doctor visits, an Australian study suggests. Researchers…

Consumers unclear about risks or benefits of e-cigarettes

(Reuters Health) – While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they…

Celladon says may liquidate; suspends gene therapy development

Drug developer Celladon Corp said on Friday it may liquidate itself if it were unable to find a buyer, and was suspending development of its gene therapy for heart failure.…