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Southern Nevada Reports Increase In Positive Lab Results Of Hepatitis C

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an increase in positive laboratory reports of hepatitis C. Typically the health district receives 20 to 40 positive reports daily. Recently the daily report totals have exceeded 150. These higher numbers were expected based on increased rates of testing and the background rate for the disease.

Motor Neuron Disease Linked To Toxic Substances

Motor neuron disease is a rare, devastating illness in which nerve cells that carry brain signals to muscles gradually deteriorate. One form of it, Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), is familiar to the public in the lives of scientist Stephen Hawking and Morrie Schwartz, about whom Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" was written.

Anacor Announces Positive Results From Trial In Psoriasis Patients

Anacor Pharmaceuticals announced results from a Phase 2a clinical trial of AN2728, an investigational topical anti-inflammatory drug, in patients with psoriasis. The study met its primary endpoint and all secondary endpoints.

In 69 percent of patients, the area treated with AN2728 scored better at the end of therapy than the area treated with the vehicle ointment, compared with six percent of patients in whom the vehicle-treated areas were superior. These results were statistically significant (p<0.001). No drug-related safety issues were reported.

Parkinson's Disease Treatment Breakthrough With Therapeutic Cloning

A new research on Parkinson's Disease treatment proves to be successful in mice. There is still some work to do, but the new research using therapeutic cloning to treat Parkinson's disease may provide future avenues for treatment of the disease in humans.