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New discovery could lead to therapies for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A new study, led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), reveals how chronic inflammation promotes muscle fibrosis, which could inform the development of new therapies for patients suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a fatal muscle disease. Titled, “A Stromal Progenitor and ILC2 Niche Promotes Muscle Eosinophilia and Fibrosis-Associated Gene Expression,” the study was […]

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Study examines antibody response to COVID-19 vaccination in patients with kidney failure

In a recent study, most patients with kidney failure who were undergoing hemodialysis developed a substantial antibody response following the vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, but it was significantly lower than that of individuals without kidney disease. The findings will appear in an upcoming issue of CJASN. Individuals with kidney failure who are […]

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FDA Approves Merck’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) Plus Platinum- and Fluoropyrimidine-Based Chemotherapy for Treatment of Certain Patients With Locally Advanced or Metastatic Esophageal or Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ) Carcinoma

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE) March 23, 2021 — Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic esophageal or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) (tumors with epicenter 1 to […]

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More than 80% of intubated COVID patients die in Brazil

More than 80 percent of COVID-19 patients who have to be intubated in Brazil have died since the start of the second wave of infections ravaging the country, according to researchers. The mortality rate since February 15—83.5 percent—is far higher than in countries such as Mexico, Britain, Germany or Italy, highlighting how the South American […]

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