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More than 2,000 drugs now in cancer immunotherapy race

LONDON (Reuters) – The race to develop new immunotherapy treatments against cancer has sparked an unprecedented explosion in the oncology drug pipeline, with more than 2,000 immune system-boosting agents now in development. The result is a scramble for patients to enrol in clinical trials, duplication of effort and the likely …

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£72,500 social care cap to be scrapped, MPs told

A £72,500 cap on social care costs due to come into effect in England will be scrapped, a health minister says. The proposed cap on an individual’s care costs was developed following the recommendations of the Dilnot commission in 2011. But Jackie Doyle-Price told MPs the government would not be …

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Sage shares surge as depression drug succeeds mid-stage trial

(Reuters) – Sage Therapeutics Inc’s shares surged more than 63 percent premarket on Thursday, on track to add about $2.5 billion to the company’s market value, after its drug succeeded in reducing the symptoms of depression in a mid-stage trial. For Sage, it’s the second success in as many months. …

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Sage's depression drug succeeds in mid-stage study, shares soar

(Reuters) – Sage Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday its drug to treat patients with moderate to severe depression met the main goal of reducing symptoms in a mid-stage study, sending its shares soaring 52.3 percent in premarket trading. The 89-patient study testing the drug, SAGE-217, showed statistically significant reduction of …

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Sage's depression drug succeeds in mid-stage study

(Reuters) – Sage Therapeutics Inc said on Thursday its drug to treat patients with moderate to severe depression met the main goal in a mid-stage study. The 89-patient study testing the drug, SAGE-217, showed statistically significant reduction of depression symptoms, compared to a placebo. Reporting by Akankshita Mukhopadhyay in Bengaluru; …

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Indonesia fights 'extraordinary' diphtheria outbreak that has killed 32

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world’s fourth most populous country this year. The health ministry said at least 591 cases had …

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Roche drug cocktail doubles chance of holding lung cancer at bay

ZURICH (Reuters) – Adding Roche’s immunotherapy Tecentriq to older drugs doubled the percentage of lung cancer patients who survived a year without their disease advancing, an outcome some experts labeled unprecedented. Thirty-seven percent of patients in a closely watched clinical trial who got Tecentriq, Avastin and chemotherapy reached the one-year …

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Long A&E waits: 3m a year wait over four hours

The number of long A&E waits across the UK has more than doubled in the past four years as hospitals struggle to cope with demand, BBC analysis shows. Northern Ireland has the worst performance, although England has seen the fastest deterioration, the figures show. Over 3m patients who visited UK …

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Knee surgery outcomes linked with education level

(Reuters Health) – Patients who live in low-income communities and lack a college education may have worse pain after knee replacement surgery than their more educated neighbors, a recent study suggests. Two years after total knee replacement surgeries, patients in poor communities who hadn’t gone to college had average pain …

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Study confirms higher breast cancer risk with hormone-based contraception

(Reuters Health) – Women who currently use or recently used hormone-based contraception face a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer, although the overall risk for most women is relatively low, a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark has concluded. Older contraceptives were known to carry a higher …