Blog: Medical Advancements

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Immunotherapy Research: The Ups and Downs

Nearly two years after we first posted about it, immunotherapy remains one of the biggest buzz generators in clinical research and drug development. This is no surprise – the industry seems to truly believe in the potential of immunotherapy to revolutionize cancer treatment, and sees in it a largely untapped market full of territory yet to be claimed. As a…

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Monthly News Roundup: February 2017

Welcome to the Medrio Monthly News Roundup, in which we brief you on a sample of events and developments taking place around the industry. This recurring update functions on popular demand – the stories in this post come from the articles in our social media feeds that garnered the most attention from our readers and followers. Your likes, clicks, and…

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Following Up on Industry Predictions

Late last December, Clinical Leader published an interview with Jonathan Zung, a 20-year pharma veteran who built his career at a number of major companies, including some who have collaborated with Medrio. In it, he offered some predictions as to which clinical research trends he expected to take off in the new year. As we now enter the home stretch…

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New Potential Leads to New Challenges in Pharma Today

Almost a quarter million clinical trials worldwide are registered on the database ClinicalTrials.gov. Today’s top treatments and diseases are seeing billions of dollars in investments from venture capitalists, governments, and others. Recent outbreaks of infectious diseases like Zika virus and Ebola have stoked demand for more, and faster, drug development. All of this points to boom times in clinical research.…

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Challenges and Necessities in Respiratory Drug Development

As medical science progresses, our ability to control disease typically improves. Cancer mortality rates have steadily declined over the past 25 years. Not many people in the developed world die from the common flu anymore. Numerous diseases have been eradicated altogether, thanks to vaccines and improved treatment. In this regard, respiratory disease is something of an anomaly. In just a…

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What’s in Store for Zika Virus?

Last weekend, the 2016 summer Olympics wrapped up in Rio de Janeiro. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world had descended on the city hoping to see the top athletes from their countries snag a gold medal or two to bring home. But as Simone Biles navigated the balance beam and Usain Bolt dashed toward the finish line,…

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3 Innovative Approaches to Combat Elusive Cancers

Despite the continued advancement of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer, chemotherapy remains the gold standard of cancer treatment. For decades, oncologists have used chemotherapy to trigger apoptosis, a kind of programmed cell death that occurs naturally in the cells of healthy tissue, in cancer cells. But some of the deadliest cancers, including pancreatic and lung cancer, have been stubbornly…

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Precision Medicine Through Technology

A number of trends may explain the enthusiasm toward precision medicine in healthcare today. Approaches to clinical trials and doctor-patient relationships are becoming increasingly user-centric. Advances in medical science have shown how to divide populations into treatment subgroups based on certain characteristics. These characteristics are often genetic in nature; precision medicine usually means identifying patient groups based on predispositions to…

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Immunotherapy and Beyond

Immunotherapy appears poised to usher in a breakthrough in healthcare, and by now, most in the medical community have taken notice. Earlier this year, we posted an overview of this new avenue in cancer research in which we mentioned the recent approvals of the first immunotherapy treatments; in the few short months since then, numerous strides have been made toward…

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Exploring 3 Recent Healthcare Investment Trends

Recent years have seen monumental developments across the healthcare landscape. New technology is rapidly changing the way we treat and study disease. Changes in dietary trends and other lifestyle factors can cause spikes in some diseases and conditions while sending others the way of the dodo. With changing trends in health and sickness come changing investment trends in medical research.…

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A Potential Breakthrough in Neurological Research (Infographic)

In recent years, neurodegenerative diseases have gained prominence not just in the scientific community, but in pop culture. Films like Concussion and Still Alice investigated the subject from the perspectives of researchers and patients; actor Seth Rogen has become a high-profile advocate for Alzheimer’s research, even taking the cause before Congress in 20141. This attention is not unwarranted. Neurodegenerative diseases…

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The Immunotherapy Revolution

Immunotherapy characterizes the most promising cancer treatment approach since chemotherapy was developed in the late 1940s. While the potential that immunotherapy holds has been understood for more than a century, it is only recently that multiple agents for the treatment of cancer have been approved.1 The last few decades have shown an advancement in immunotherapy, but newer types of immune…

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Precision Medicine and its Impact on Clinical Trials

Millions of people around the world take medications that are ineffective and result only in unwanted side effects. Researchers are now turning to the model of Precision Medicine, where physicians and researchers take into account a person’s genes, lifestyle, and environment to develop a treatment plan and prescribe the right medication.  While there have been many advances in the technology…