August 23, 2015 |
GlaxoSmithKline plc and Novartis AG said Friday that they had struck a deal for Novartis to pay GSK at least $300 million, and perhaps more than $1 billion, for the remaining rights to the drug ofatumumab. The drug already is approved for use in treating some cancers and is sold by Novartis under the name Arzerra. Novartis now will have the rights for any use of ofatumumab approved by regulators, most importantly multiple sclerosis. GSK gets $300 million when the deal is closed, $200 million if Novartis starts a phase III clinical study of ofatumumab in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, and contingent payments of up to $534 million if other development milestones are achieved.
August 21, 2015 |
TATTLE HAS TO admit that we didn't see this coming. And we're pretty ashamed of ourselves for missing it. Reality-TV star and conservative lobbyist Josh Duggar - of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" and molesting-his-sisters fame - had an Ashley Madison account. Ashley Madison, as many of you know (and hope your spouses don't) is a website created for the express purpose of helping married people cheat on their husbands or wives. Gawker.com reported that data released online in the wake of the hack on Ashley Madison shows that someone using a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar, and billed to the Fayetteville, Ark., address of his grandmother Mary , paid nearly $1,000 for two monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February of 2013 until May of 2015.
August 14, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Not Talking About the Future," whose wife has breast cancer, was told she has only a few years to live and feels sad when her kids talk about their futures. My dad was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2006. He was told that even the most aggressive treatment would buy him only two or three more years. Well, he's now working on year nine. While I must admit that it's been hard at times for me to stay positive about his prognosis, I try not to let it show.
August 10, 2015 |
When Marjorie Stromberg and Sean Miller decided to get married, they knew they might face fertility problems stemming from her chemotherapy for leukemia at age 12. The idea of fertility treatment didn't faze them. Parenthood was a cherished goal. They even had a name for a girl: Adele. What they couldn't foresee was that the prospect of pregnancy would become not just daunting, but unacceptably risky. In the months after their engagement in 2011, Marjorie, then 26, was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as a rare genetic susceptibility to multiple cancers.
August 9, 2015 |
Steve Sewell hadn't given much thought to forgiveness until he started visiting his friend Ouida Coley while she was getting treatment for metastic breast cancer. Her hospital offered support groups for people who struggle with unforgiveness - the toxic anger and aggravation that comes from holding on to grudges and blame. A former chaplain there wrote a book about it after noticing that many of the patients he saw were burdened by unresolved hurt and guilt. Sewell, a testicular cancer survivor from West Chester, saw the book the first time he visited Coley.
July 22, 2015 |
Cooper University Health Care, even before its takeover last month of emergency medical services in Camden, was flexing its muscles in South Jersey's thriving health-care market. Long a center for complex care in South Jersey, but hampered by its location in poverty-stricken Camden, Cooper has been expanding since 2012, opening a new patient tower, a medical school, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The payoff shows in rising patient revenue and strong gains in operating profit, though an expert doubts that it can last.
July 16, 2015 |
Jenny and Matt Stuetz have two things on their mind at all times: her cancer and their children. The Willow Grove couple were devastated when Jenny, 43, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. But their focus since then has been on keeping her healthy while also keeping the lives of their children - son Jackson, now 8, and daughter Madison, now 7 - as normal as possible. So for at least one week this summer, the children were able to shed some of their worries at Camp KIDS, a program of Gilda's Club in Warminster.
July 15, 2015 |
IN 1983, Nick Forgione's surgeon gave him five years to live after removing two malignant tumors from his colon and installing a colostomy bag. "They wanted to do chemotherapy and radiation treatments," Nick told the Daily News ' Dan Geringer in 2001. "I told them to go to hell and fired my surgeon. " Instead, Nick had a conversation with a higher authority. "I had committed every sin that you could commit with a knife and fork," he told Geringer. "I went to Mass at St. Christopher's and I said, 'Dear Lord, I didn't come in here to ask, 'Why me?
June 30, 2015 |
The duPont Hospital for Children had too few of the little wagons that young patients prefer to wheelchairs, so Peter Zucca started a foundation to raise money for a fleet of them. A patient couldn't get blood for a transfusion, so Peter planned a series of drives, the first to be held Monday. And when he saw that most books about the challenge of childhood hearing loss "are really bad," he wrote his own. At age 12, Peter Zucca has already had a world of experience with cancer.
June 14, 2015 |
Nearly 50 years after the Epstein-Barr virus was discovered to cause human cancers, there are no good treatment options for the 200,000 new cases diagnosed annually, most of them in the world's poorest places. The Wistar Institute aims to change that. The illustrious Philadelphia research center last month received a three-year, $5.6 million grant from the Wellcome Trust in London to continue developing a novel anti-viral drug. "We certainly hope that this first-in-class drug we are developing will slow the progression or - even better - cure these deadly cancers," said Wistar senior scientist Troy Messick.