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Clinical trials are a type of research study to explore whether a medical treatment, drug, strategy or device is safe and effective for human use. The purpose of clinical trials is research, so the studies follow strict scientific standards. These standar

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Yoga just as good as physical therapy for low back pain

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new trial establishes that yoga is "statistically as effective" as physical therapy for treating chronic low back pain.

Plant compound 'much more effective' than traditional anti-HIV drug

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research finds a plant extract that is much more effective at inhibiting HIV's ability to infect healthy cells than the traditional AZT.

Study questions whether mistaken antibodies led cancer research down a 20-year dead end

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

For nearly two decades researchers have sought a way to target an estrogen receptor in the hope they could improve breast cancer survival, but an article published in Nature Communications contends...

Clinical trial shows traditional treatment is better for iron-deficiency anemia

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Although current treatments for iron-deficiency anemia can be effective, they commonly fail because pediatric patients do not complete the treatment and might experience adverse effects related to...

Previously unpublished trial data explain effects and side effects of key MS drug

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Alemtuzumab is a highly effective drug for multiple sclerosis, approved in more than 60 countries and used by more than 12,000 patients worldwide.

Arthritis drug could cure severe heart condition

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers find that drug being tested for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis may also hold the key to preventing aortic valve stenosis.

Promising new treatment option for chronic plaque psoriasis

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Affecting more than 6 million Americans, chronic plaque psoriasis manifests as patches of red, scaly skin most frequently on the scalp, elbows and knees.

New chemotherapy approach offers breast cancer patients a better quality of life

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The chemotherapy drug capecitabine gives patients a better quality of life and is as effective at preventing breast cancer from returning as the alternative regimen called CMF, when given following...

Common acne medication offers new treatment for multiple sclerosis

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Study results offer safe and affordable treatment option.A Canadian clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the Cumming School of...

Ovarian cancer drug delivers 'very promising' results in early trial

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Drug that mimics action of folic acid shrinks half of tumours.A new targeted treatment for ovarian cancer has shown 'very promising' results in an early clinical trial - shrinking tumours in...

Immunotherapy drug effective for metastatic triple negative breast cancer

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pembrolizumab shown to shrink tumors - regardless of whether patient had prior treatment.

Adding abiraterone to standard treatment improves prostate cancer survival by 40 per cent

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Adding abiraterone to hormone therapy at the start of treatment for prostate cancer improves survival by 37 per cent, according to the results of one of the largest ever clinical trials for prostate...

Ketamine may not reduce post-surgery pain, delirium

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new clinical trial suggests that the drug currently used to reduce postoperative pain and delirium may not be effective after all.

Drug for refractory psoriatic arthritis shows promise in clinical trial

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a pivotal phase-3 clinical trial led by a Stanford University School of Medicine investigator, patients with psoriatic arthritis for whom standard-of-care pharmaceutical treatments have provided...

Australian researchers pioneer life-extending treatment for advanced melanoma patients with brain tumours

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Australian researchers are the first to demonstrate that patients with advanced melanoma which has spread to the brain can have increased life expectancy and possibly even beat the disease.

Fennel 'safe and effective' for easing menopause symptoms, study confirms

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

For women going through menopause, fennel may offer safe and effective symptom relief, confirms a small, placebo-controlled trial.

Wet AMD: Small trial shows new gene therapy is safe in humans

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new gene therapy that neutralizes the growth factor that promotes wet AMD is shown to be safe and well tolerated in a small trial of human patients.

First ever nasal spray therapy successful in treating rapid heart rate condition

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

New study results show innovative medication has potential to change the way patients are treated for a debilitating cardiac arrhythmia.

Do red Smarties make you happier? 'Live the trial' class debunks the myth

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A test to assess the effect of red Smarties on happiness has been used to teach the often "dull" or "boring" concepts of clinical research.

New nanotechnology application for difficult-to-treat cancers

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new treatment combining shock waves with nanoparticles can successfully treat tumours that are difficult to target using conventional chemotherapy.

Avastin as effective as Eylea for treating central retinal vein occlusion

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a clinical...

Type 1 diabetes cured in mice using gene therapy

Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how they were able to cure type 1 diabetes in mice by restoring insulin production using a novel gene therapy technique.

Patients with non-small-cell lung cancer respond best to salvage chemotherapy when pre-treated with PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who require salvage chemotherapy are 30% more likely to achieve a partial response if they have been pre-treated with a PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint...

Chronic migraine severity reduced with investigational drug

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a phase IIb study, an investigational drug called eptinezumab led to a significant reduction in the severity of chronic migraine.

Relapsing-remitting MS: Alemtuzumab boosts outcomes for black patients

Sat, 06 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A trial reveals that the drug alemtuzumab may improve outcomes for black patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, who are often understudied.