Juno Therapeutics' stock surges in market debut
Shares of cancer treatment company Juno Therapeutics Inc. jumped 46 percent in their stock market debut Friday. Juno genetically engineers a patient's own white blood cells to find and kill cancer cells ...

AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC.

AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug gets U.S. approval

The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London(Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had voted in June against granting an accelerated approval to the drug, Lynparza, citing inadequate data. The FDA was earlier scheduled to review the drug on Jan. 3. Lynparza aims to treat ovarian cancer in patients with certain hereditary gene mutations. ...

Pain Relievers May Offer Small Protection Against Skin Cancer
Ibuprofen and some other similar anti-inflammatory pain relievers may slightly lower people's risk of one common type of skin cancer, a new review of research shows, but experts find the benefits too small, especially for a cancer that is fairly curable. Researchers analyzed the findings of nine previous studies to take a new look at the link between the regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include aspirin and ibuprofen, and the risk of a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. The results showed that people who used NSAIDs in general had a lower risk of squamous cell carcinoma than people who didn't use NSAIDs. People who took nonaspirin NSAIDs — for example, ibuprofen — had a 15 percent lower risk of squamous cell carcinoma.

Rice-Davies, key figure in British Profumo sex scandal, dies

Mandy Rice-Davies was a central figure in the Profumo affair, which rocked Harold Macmillan's Conservative government in the 1960sLondon (AFP) - Mandy Rice-Davies, a central figure in the Profumo affair that scandalised 1960s Britain and almost brought down the government, has died of cancer at the age of 70, it was announced on Friday.

Mandy Rice-Davies, key figure in UK 1960s sex scandal, dies aged 70
LONDON (Reuters) - Mandy Rice-Davies, a former model who was at the centre of one of Britain's biggest political sex scandals - the 1960s Profumo Affair - has died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist said on Friday. Rice-Davies lived with Christine Keeler, who had simultaneous affairs with Britain's then Minister of War John Profumo and a Soviet naval attaché, a potential Cold War security breach which rocked the then Conservative government of Harold Macmillan. ...

Ahead of the Bell: ImmunoGen shares tumble
Shares of ImmunoGen plunged 37 percent in premarket trading Friday after a breast cancer treatment from drug development partner Roche failed to deliver significant improvement in a key late-stage study ...

Double blow for Roche as breast cancer, Alzheimer's studies fail

The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen at a plant in the central Swiss village of RotkreuzBy Silke Koltrowitz and Ben Hirschler ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Roche suffered a double blow on Friday as two clinical studies of drugs for breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease failed, sparking the biggest percentage fall in its stock in five years. The Swiss drugmaker said it was ending a late-stage study of experimental Alzheimer's drug gantenerumab after it failed to prove effective, underlining the difficulty of treating the memory-robbing disease and removing "blue sky" upside for the shares. ...

At Law School, Is Insensitivity Grounds for an Objection?

At Law School, Is Insensitivity Grounds for an Objection?Attorneys belong to a profession that requires many to look squarely at the world's horrors. They prosecute serial killers. They defend accused rapists and child molesters. A lawyer leading a class-action suit might pore over depositions describing harrowing deaths from cancer or children burned up in cars during crashes. Sometimes that will happen even as the attorney's father is dying of cancer, or her kids are the same age as the ones killed in the rear seats above the faulty fuel tanks.

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honors

7-year-old honorary firefighter laid to rest with full honorsA local 7-year-old received a farewell fit for a hero. Aiden Riebel died of cancer last week, and the boy with a big heart was also an honorary firefighter.

When Heartburn Becomes Cancer
For most people, heartburn is a fleeting annoyance that can be solved by popping an antacid. And for a while, that's what Jay Rensberger did. But when his heartburn became less of a temporary problem and more of a lifestyle issue, his wife took action.

Merck buys Swiss biotech with promising cancer drug
KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Drugmaker Merck says it's bought a Swiss biotech company developing cancer drugs as part of its strategy to be a top player in cancer, one of the hottest pharmaceutical research areas.

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