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Combination of Genentech’s Actemra, Gilead’s Remdesivir Enters Phase III Trial for Treatment of Severe...

The global randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III trial—to be called REMDACTA—will compare the safety and efficacy of Actemra plus remdesivir to placebo plus remdesivir in severe COVID-19 patients receiving standard of care.

Epigenetic Reprogramming from Pregnancy May Reduce Cancer Risk

The research “revealed epigenetic alterations to the MEC regulatory landscape that enable reactivation of pregnancy-induced programs in response to pregnancy hormones,” the investigators said, which influenced the development of premalignant lesions in response to oncogene overexpression.
One of the major scientific crusades in oncology has been to identify and validate biomarkers associated with recurrent breast cancer. [iStock / royaltystockphoto]

microRNA Activity Insights Could be Key to New Cancer Treatments

While miRNAs can regulate many genes, they have been shown to have a strong impact on cancer development and on processes such as cancer drug resistance.
Using NGS to detect cell-free DNA and other biomarkers could transform cancer care.  [© Photographee.eu/Fotolia.com]

App Calculates Safest Treatment Schedule for Cancer Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

The app leverages large cancer data repositories to calculate mortality risks associated with immediate compared with delayed treatment and also takes into account age, cancer type, treatment plan, and presence of other comorbidities.
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ALK Gene, Implicated in Cancer, May Also Play Role in Weight Regulation

The genome-wide association study compared the DNA samples and clinical data of healthy thin individuals with normal-weight individuals, in the search for genetic variants linked with thinness. The results highlighted genetic variants in the ALK gene that were specific to the thin individuals.

NIH: COVID-19 Recovery Time Shortened by Remdesivir

The study defined recovery as being discharged from the hospital or being medically stable enough to be discharged from the hospital. The median time to recovery was 11 days for patients treated with remdesivir compared with 15 days for those who received placebo
New research examines why some children born with heart defects also have developmental disabilities. [Image courtesy of Mark L. Riccio

GWAS IDs More Than 200 Genetic Factors Linked to Heart Arrythmias

The findings could one day lead to advanced screening methods to discern who is at greatest risk of developing disease, and could help reveal new genetic targets for research and drug development.
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AI Model Provides Accurate COVID-19 Diagnosis

Researchers at Mount Sinai have developed a unique algorithm that can rapidly detect COVID-19 based on how lung disease looks in computed tomography (CT scans) of the chest, in combination with patient information including symptoms, age, bloodwork, and possible contact with someone infected with the virus.
HLI and Merck KGaA will focus on identifying biomarkers in patients with locally advanced or metastatic NRAS mutated cutaneous melanoma that show a preferential response to Merck’s pimasertib.. [© M&S Fotodesign/Fotolia]

APOE Variant May Protect Against Melanoma Spread

The research showed that both mouse and human carriers of the APOE4 gene variant had less melanoma progression and metastasis compared with those who had the APOE2 gene variant, as well as a better response to cancer immunotherapy.
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Abbott to Supply UK Government with Millions of IgG Antibody Tests

Antibody testing will help provide a greater understanding of the virus, including how long antibodies stay in the body and how much of the population has been infected.
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