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New Melanoma Vaccine Could Be Offered In Canada By March

Ribi ImmunoChem could have its new melanoma vaccine on Canadian markets by March, an official for the Hamilton pharmaceutical company said. Melacine, the company's submission for a melanoma vaccine, has cleared a 45-day preliminary review by the Canadian Health Protection Branch, said Vern Child, Ribi's vice president for finance. That cleared the way for a six-month "fast track" review of the drug.

Doctor: Colon Cancer Preventable

There is a cancer that each of us can prevent. Still, it continues to attack over 130,000 Americans each year while claiming the lives of 55,000 more. The problem is colon cancer.

New Drugs Major Step In Containing Aids Virus

Providing powerful new evidence of the potency of AIDS-fighting drug cocktails, scientists will report today that the medications succeed in squashing the AIDS virus in patients beyond detection for a year or longer. Still, nobody - not University of Miami researchers, not their scientific collaborators across the country, not even the patients who have benefited the most - is ready to proclaim the combination drug therapy a panacea. It is, undeniably, a scientific success story.

Brain Implant Eases Parkinson’s Tremors Fda Approves Device That Controls Symptoms Of Debilitating Diseases

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a bold, "deep brain" implant that promises to ease the uncontrollable tremors experienced by thousands of patients with Parkinson's disease and another, equally disabling disorder called "essential tremor." The deep brain stimulator, which has been available in Europe for several years, has enabled many patients once again to eat, drink, write and perform an array of daily living activities by themselves, said Dr. Michael J. Friedman, acting FDA commissioner.

Hormone Kills Cancer Tumors Scientists Say Injections Cause Cells To Kill Themselves

The chance discovery that some pregnant lab mice are resistant to Kaposi's sarcoma, a form of cancer seen almost exclusively among AIDS patients, has yielded a promising new treatment for the disease. The treatment involves a hormone derived from the urine of pregnant women. Researchers found that injections directly into the tumor often make the cancer disappear.

Study Says Chemo, Radiation Can Add Years For Lung Cancer Patients

Treating lung cancer with both chemotherapy and radiation almost triples the number of patients who live at least five years, says a new study. But researchers cautioned that even with combination therapy's improvement, the future remains bleak for lung cancer patients, as those who survive even five years are a minority.

Chemo An Option For Throat Cancer

Chemotherapy that preserves a patient's voice box and ability to speak is just as effective as surgery in treating some types of throat cancer, a study suggests. Cancer experts say these and other recent findings give new choices in how to treat the disease.

Fda Approves Ovarian Cancer Drug

A drug derived from the bark of a Chinese tree was approved by the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday to help women whose ovarian cancer has progressed despite other treatments. Topotecan is the first of a new class of cancer drugs that inhibit an enzyme essential for the growth of tumors. It appears to work at least as well as the widely used ovarian cancer therapy Taxol.

Carew’s Child Given Transplant

Michelle Carew, daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, is to undergo an umbilical cord blood transplant Friday to treat her leukemia, her doctor said. Carew, 18, has been in Children's Hospital of Orange County since last September waiting for a bone marrow match.

New Drug For Diabetics Helps Regulate Blood Sugar

A new drug to help diabetics is going on the market this week in the United States after being available for years in Europe and Japan. Precose, brand name for the drug acarbose, is for diabetics who are not dependent on insulin injections. It slows the digestion of carbohydrates to help regulate blood-sugar levels.

Gehrig’s Sufferers Get Slight Boost Fda Approves Riluzole, Which Extends Survival A Few Months

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug that prolongs the lives of patients with Lou Gehrig's disease, although the improvement in survival is slight. The disease, officially known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), affects about 30,000 Americans, attacking nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and leaving them hard and shriveled. Over the course of the disease, which averages three to five years, patients' muscles progressively weaken, leading to paralysis, respiratory failure and death. Five thousand new cases are reported each year.

Scientists Support Breast Cancer Test

A powerful ultrasound can significantly reduce the number of American women who undergo surgery to tell if their breast lumps are cancerous or benign, government scientists said Monday. The scientific panel unanimously urged the Food and Drug Administration to approve the High-Definition Imaging, or HDI, ultrasound as a test to help doctors decide which women need a biopsy and which can skip the surgery.

Fda Approves New Aids Drug

The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved 3TC - a new anti-viral AIDS drug to be used with the frequently prescribed AZT, further bolstering the growing belief that using combinations of powerful drugs is the most effective way to fight the infection. The drug was licensed less than five months after its manufacturer first submitted its application to the agency and two weeks after an FDA advisory committee recommended that it be approved.

Baby Apes Next To Get Aids Drug Medical Lake Lab Will Try To Block Transmission Of Virus To Newborns

FOR THE RECORD (November 22, 1995): Correction: An AIDS drug will be tested on baby monkeys at the Primate Center in Medical Lake. A story and headline in Tuesday's newspaper mistakenly used the word apes to describe monkeys. On the front lines. Primate center director William Morton, left, and Mark Murchison, who is in charge of keeping the monkeys amused. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review <

Panel Urges Cancer Drug Approval

The new drug Taxotere should be approved to help prolong the lives of dying breast-cancer patients who have exhausted other options, despite its high incidence of dangerous side effects, a government panel recommended Tuesday. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the advice, Taxotere would become the first competition for the widely used Taxol, which until now has been the last hope for many of these women.

Aids Patient To Get Baboon Marrow

At the tearful behest of an AIDS patient's mother and sisters, government advisers recommended Friday that the man be allowed to get a bone marrow transplant from a baboon - even though they fear it will kill him. "This is wonderful," said Kim Getty, as she raced to telephone the news to her brother Jeff at his San Francisco home.

Chemist’s Research Saving Yews

A University of Portland chemist thinks she can squeeze more taxol, a cancer-fighting drug, from the Pacific yew tree. If the efforts of Sister Angela Hoffman succeed, the supply of the scarce drug would increase while the need to harvest so much yew tree bark would decrease.

‘Human Error’ Kills Cancer Patient

A patient with a usually curable type of cancer died after a doctor mistakenly gave him a chemotherapy overdose. "We deeply regret this human error," University of Chicago Hospital president Ralph Muller said in a statement Wednesday. "Despite the many checks and balances we have in place to prevent medication errors, this terribly unfortunate accident did occur."