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Anacor skin cream succeeds in studies, fuels takeover expectations | Reuters

(Reuters) - Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc’s experimental skin ointment succeeded in late-stage studies, taking the drugmaker a step closer to having a potential blockbuster in its portfolio and raising expectations that it could be taken over.<p>The company’s shares, which have more than quadrupled in …

Biotechnology

1,000 Year Old Remedy May Cure MRSA, Still Faces Market Hurdles

A plant-based ointment recipe pulled from a 1,000-year-old manuscript is spiking excitement about what historical knowledge and traditional remedies can do to defuse the antibiotic crisis. At the same time, it’s highlighting how difficult it can be to move any compound—natural or synthetic, ancient …

'Magic Bullet' Antibody Can Suppress AIDS Virus

A targeted immune system molecule can help control the AIDS virus, offering a new tool for people infected with the deadly virus.<p>Researchers have tested the so-called monoclonal antibody in patients and found one infusion could control the virus for a month – potentially freeing patients of having …

Immunotherapy

Shorter people at greater risk of heart disease, new research finds

University of Leicester study finds that someone who is 5ft tall faces a 32% greater risk than someone who is 5ft 6in<p>Shorter people may have an increased risk of heart disease, according to a new study that says not just lifestyle but the genes determining our size play a part.<p>In the past, it was …

Medical Research

U.S. FDA approves Novo Nordisk's drug for rare blood clotting disorder | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday it has approved Novo Nordisk’s drug Tretten to prevent bleeding in patients with a rare blood clotting disorder.<p>Patients with congenital Factor XIIIA-subunit deficiency do not make enough of the Factor XIII protein that is important …