Antibody Effective Against Norovirus

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Antibody Effective Against Norovirus
Researchers have released data showing that a monoclonal antibody can neutralize human norovirus. Norovirus causes roughly 20 million cases of acute diarrhea and vomiting annually in the United States, alone. It is also responsible for roughly 800 deaths annually.



What is Norovirus?

Norovirus is a stomach bug that sets in within 10 hours of transmission and usually lasts up to three days. It is completely different from the flu in that only your stomach is affected. While most people recover completely after three days, norovirus is more serious for young children, the elderly and people with other serious health conditions. Every year 70,000 people are hospitalized and 800 deaths are caused by the virus.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of norovirus include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Some people also experience a low-grade fever, headache and body…

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Cabergoline therapy for cushing disease throughout pregnancy


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Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Aug;122(2 Pt 2):485-7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31829e398a.
Woo I, Ehsanipoor RM.
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Cushing disease during pregnancy is rare and is associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Transsphenoidal pituitary surgery is the first-line therapy; however, in cases of failed surgery or in patients who are not surgical candidates, medical therapy has been used to control symptoms.
A 29-year-old woman with Cushing disease and a noncurative transsphenoidal pituitary surgery was successfully treated with cabergoline, a dopamine agonist. After approximately 1 year of therapy, she became pregnant. She was maintained on high-dose cabergoline throughout her pregnancy and had an uncomplicated antenatal course. She went into spontaneous labor at 38 weeks of gestation and delivered a healthy female neonate.

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Breast Cancer Drugs in Late-Stage Development/Recently Approved

New Drug Approvals

The article is 2012-2013 based and reader discretion is sought to ascertian the stage of approval

Afinitor® (everolimus)

Sponsor: Novartis

Method of Action: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor

Indications/Phase of Trial: Hepatocellular carcinoma; human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer first-line and second-line; lymphoma; nonfunctional carcinoid tumor (Phase III; all new indications)

Approved in July in U.S., EU for advanced hormone-receptor-positive (HR+) and human epidermal growth factor Receptor 2-negative (HER2-) metastatic breast cancer with exemestane in postmenopausal women who have already received certain other medicines for their cancer

Approved earlier for adults with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNET) that cannot be treated with surgery; adults with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) when certain other medicines have not worked; adults with angiomyolipoma, seen with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), when surgery is not required immediately; and adults and children with TSC who have a brain tumor called subependymal giant…

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