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Marshall Pearce

How close are we to a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Posted 3 months ago

Alzheimer’s disease is a snowballing problem, one that is currently without a convincing solution. The progressive decline in cognitive function seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease is associated strongly with plaques formed of amyloid beta in the brain, creating neurofibrillary tangles and leading to neuronal destruction. While some treatments improve cognition in the short-term, current therapeutic options are unable to modify or slow the disease process.

Penny Staton

Improving non-alcoholic steatohepatitis care – is the finishing line in sight?

Posted 5 months ago

An intense race is going on right now in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) research. A number of significant players within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors are competing to develop the first major therapeutic advance in treatment for this neglected condition. But should we consider it more of a relay race? Could improved diagnosis, disease assessment and even combination therapy be the key to victory over this increasingly prevalent disease?

Marshall Pearce

Left ventricular assist devices – A viable therapeutic option for heart failure?

Posted 9 months ago

Alongside a pharmacological strategy to aid myocardial recovery, LVADs may prove to have a significant role to play in the ever-growing problem of heart failure. Although LVADs are not new onto the scene, the advance of technology – smaller, more efficient devices with better reliability and potentially transcutaneous power transfer – means we may be on the cusp of seeing many more deployed to tackle heart failure.

Marshall Pearce

Cancer immunotherapies

Posted 11 months ago

It was the winner of the 1908 Nobel prize for medicine, Paul Ehrlich, who is first credited with discussing the concept of a “magic bullet”, able to target specific cells without damaging healthy tissue. With the advent of immunotherapy, as well as antibody-drug conjugates, we are beginning to realise this vision.

Marshall Pearce

Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs)

Posted 11 months ago

Over the past couple of decades, there have been advances in a class of drugs which for a long time was purely theoretical: antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). The concept underlying ADCs is elegant – what if it were possible to ‘target’ particular groups of cells with a cytotoxic agent, rather than exposing every cell of the body to it?

Latest Journal Abstracts

Predictors of enhanced response with benralizumab for patients with severe asthma: pooled analysis of the SIROCCO and CALIMA studies.

Background: Benralizumab is an anti-eosinophilic, anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody that has been shown to significantly reduce asthma exacerbations and improve lung function for patients with...

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Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for eosinophilic asthma: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Objective: Our systematic review and meta-analysis intends to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of benralizumab in patients with eosinophilic asthma.

Added 3 days ago

Benralizumab: an anti-IL-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody in the treatment of asthma.

IL-5 is a key cytokine responsible for the maturation, recruitment and survival of eosinophils. The role of eosinophils in pathomechanisms of severe asthma and association of those cells with frequent exacerbations are well accepted.

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Latest Guidelines

BSH Guideline: management of thrombotic and haemostatic issues in paediatric malignancy

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) and bleeding are serious complications of cancer and its treatment. A recent survey of UK paediatric haematologists and oncologists identified a broad variety of practice in the management of issues...

Added 7 days ago

British Association of Dermatologists’ guidelines for the investigation and management of generalized pruritus in adults without an underlying dermatosis, 2018

The overall objective of the guidelines is to provide up-todate, evidence-based recommendations on the investigation and management of secondary pruritus without underlying skin disorder and generalized pruritus of unknown origin (GPUO) in adults...

Added 14 days ago

UK National Guideline for the management of Donovanosis 2018

The objective of this guideline is to provide guidance for the diagnosis and management of Donovanosis, a now rare sexually transmitted infection. This guidance is primarily for professionals working in UK Sexual Health services...

Added 14 days ago

Latest Clinical Trials

Efficacy, Safety, and Pharmacokinetic Study of Prophylactic Emicizumab Versus No Prophylaxis in Hemophilia A Participants (HAVEN 5)

This randomized, multicenter, open-label, Phase 3 study is designed to investigate the efficacy, safety, and pharmacokinetics of emicizumab in participants with hemophilia A regardless of factor VIII (FVIII) inhibitor status.

Added 17 days ago

Adjuvant Ribociclib With Endocrine Therapy in Hormone Receptor+/HER2- Intermediate Risk Early Breast Cancer (EarLEE-2)

This is an international, multi-center, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical study evaluating the efficacy and safety of ribociclib with endocrine therapy as an adjuvant treatment in patients with hormone receptor-positive...

Added 4 months ago

A Study to Investigate Different Doses of BAY1213790 to Prevent Blood Clots in Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Replacement Surgery (FOXTROT)

This study is to compare the study drug BAY1213790 to existing therapies, ie Enoxaparin or Apixaban for the prevention of blood clotting and safety in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

Added 4 months ago

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