Pfizer buys stake in French gene company in deal worth up to $636M
Pfizer Inc. said it's buying a stake in a French gene company in a deal that could be worth up to $636 million. The New York drug company (NYSE: PFE) said it's paying $51 million upfront to acquire a 15 percent stake in Vivet Therapeutics of Paris. Vivet is working on a drug — VTX-801 — to treat Wilson disease, which is a rare and possibly fatal condition in which excess copper collects in the body's l iver and other organs, perhaps to life-threatening levels. “VTX-801 could provide a potentially… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news
Wilson Disease: Overview Video Wilson Disease: Overview Video
This video covers the pathophysiology of Wilson disease, as well as common signs and symptoms, complications, and treatments.Osmosis (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - February 28, 2019 Category: Pathology Tags: Med Students Commentary Source Type: news
Copper-reducing molecule could help against Wilson's disease
A compound developed in preclinical experiments is showing promise in treating disorders with high levels of copper, including Wilson's disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Progress toward improved Wilson's disease drug
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Researchers at CSHL, working in collaboration with DepYmed Inc., a CSHL spinout company, today report that they have conducted promising preclinical experiments on a compound that could be used to treat Wilson's disease and possibly other disorders -- including certain types of cancer -- in which levels of copper in the body are elevated, causing or contributing to pathology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
This man's climb up the CN Tower is a journey back to health after devastating illness
Julian Backhouses climbs the CN Tower every year, in spite of a rare condition that mostly keeps him in a wheelchair. The annual event gives him a personal fitness goal for the rest of the year and helps him manage the symptoms of Wilson's Disease. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news
Novel First-in-class Agent Shows Promise in Wilson's Disease Novel First-in-class Agent Shows Promise in Wilson's Disease
In patients with Wilson ’ s disease, once-daily oral treatment with bis-choline tetrathiomolybdate rapidly lowered free copper levels, which correlated with reduced disability, improved neurological status, and stable liver function in an open-label phase 2 study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news
Pregnancy in Wilson Disease Safer With Treatment Pregnancy in Wilson Disease Safer With Treatment
Continuing anti-copper therapy in pregnant women with Wilson disease (WD) is safer than stopping it, although they should be closely monitored for hepatic and neurological symptoms.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news
Design of a promising gene therapy method to treat Wilson's disease
(Universidad de Navarra) Spanish scientists at the University of Navarra have designed VTX801, a promising gene therapy method to treat Wilson's disease. They expected to begin the first clinical trials on patients in 2018. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, associated with Harvard University, has participated in its development. This Spanish research project has attracted leading international investors in biotechnology by forming Vivet Therapeutics, an emerging company which has raised 37.5 million in its Series A financing round. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
What Causes Anemia?
Discussion One of the most common problems in pediatrics is anemia. It is defined as “a lower than normal value for the related measurements of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and number of red blood cells”, usually 2 standard deviations below the normal for age. Normal hematological values change with age. For a discussion of which values are used click here. The most common type of anemia in childhood is iron deficiency which is commonly caused by inadequate stores (e.g. premature infant), inadequate intake (e.g. poor nutrition) or blood loss (e.g. menses). Anemia screening is recommended at age 9-12 months, and for...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 15, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
CHMP Backs Orphan Hybrid Drug for Wilson's Disease CHMP Backs Orphan Hybrid Drug for Wilson's Disease
Trientine tetrahydrochloride (Cuprior) is indicated for treatment of Wilson's disease in adults, adolescents, and children aged 5 years and older who are intolerant to D-penicillamine.International Approvals (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - April 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Gastroenterology News Alert Source Type: news
Life-saving Wilson's disease treatment available in India once again: Government
Wilson ’s disease is a rare and potentially fatal genetic disorder that causes excessive accumulation of copper in vital organs like the eyes, liver, kidneys and brain. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Doctors left baffled over Alicia Goss' uncontrollable shaking which left her unable to walk
Alicia Goss was labelled a medical mystery by baffled doctors who couldn't understand her sudden shaking. After being diagnosed with Wilson's Disease the teen began her road to recovery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Highly efficient agent against Wilson disease
Scientists describe a small peptide that very efficiently binds excess copper from liver cells. This molecule comes from a bacterium's bag of tricks and could be suitable for treating Wilson disease. In an experimental model it has already proven superior to conventional medicines. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
A case of Trientine Overdose - Hashim A, Parnell N.
We present a case of a large overdose of Trientine (60 g) resulting in ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
Student who looked 'drunk' finds deadly Wilson's disease behind symptoms
Alicia Goss, 19, noticed something was wrong when she struggled to hold a pen during exams. The student, from Kent, was eventually diagnosed with Wilson's disease, a build up of copper. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Wilson Therapeutics Appoints Andrew Kay as Chairman
STOCKHOLM, Oct. 20, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Wilson Therapeutics AB, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Andrew Kay has been appointed as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The company's previous Cha... Biopharmaceuticals, PersonnelWilson Therapeutics, Wilson's Disease (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - October 20, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Frequencies of initial gait disturbances and falls in 100 Wilson's disease patients - Dzieżyc K, Litwin T, Chabik G, Członkowska A.
Wilson's disease (WD) is an inherited copper metabolism disorder. Gait disturbances may present with both extrapyramidal and cerebellar patterns. The frequencies of particular types of gait abnormalities have not been established; thus, the aim of the pres... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news
Doctors misdiagnosed teenager with fatal liver disease as 'moody'
Sam Fitzgerald, 15, from Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, was diagnosed with Wilson's disease, where copper gathers in the liver and brain, leading to fits of rage and a loss of motor control. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Wilson Therapeutics Announces the Appointment of Dr. Carl Bjartmar as Chief Medical Officer
STOCKHOLM, July 22, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Wilson Therapeutics AB, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for patients with Wilson's Disease, today announced the appointment of Dr. Carl Bjartmar a... Biopharmaceuticals, PersonnelWilson Therapeutics, Wilson's Disease (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 22, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Hepatobiliary Malignancies in Wilson DiseaseHepatobiliary Malignancies in Wilson Disease
Are patients with Wilson disease at risk for hepatobiliary malignancies and, if so, how do they develop and how are they diagnosed? Liver International (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Gastroenterology Journal Article Source Type: news
How Common Are Tremors in Childhood?
Discussion Tremor is one of several movement disorders in childhood including tics, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, and sterotypy. Tremors are a rhythmic oscillating involuntary movement across a joint axis. They are the result of normal or accentuated postural or muscular processes. They are categorized as follows: Rest tremor – occurs during rest and stops with movement Action tremor- occurs during a voluntary activity Kinetic tremor- occurs when limb is moving Postural tremor – occurs when the limb is stationary but held against gravity Isometric tremor – occurs when limb is stationary but is exerting a...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 11, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
No Need for Cancer Watch in Cirrhotic Wilson's Disease
(MedPage Today) -- Hepatocellular carcinoma is too infrequent to merit regular surveillance. (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - November 10, 2014 Category: Surgery Source Type: news
Removing copper from body could slow cancer
Conclusion This research has suggested that drugs already available that are designed to reduce the amount of copper in the body may be able to reduce the growth of tumours that have a mutation in the BRAF gene, such as melanoma. The drugs reduced growth of BRAF-mutated tumours in mice and human cancer cells in the laboratory setting. Human clinical trials will be necessary to be certain that the drugs will have a beneficial effect in people with BRAF-mutated tumours before they could become widely used treatments for these types of cancers. Although these drugs have already been shown to be a safe and effective treatment...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news
Is EBV a Common Cause of Elevated Liver Enzymes?
Discussion Infectious mononucleosis is caused by an Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection causing the triad of fever, sore throat and adenopathy. The differential diagnosis of clinical presentations similar to EBV includes: Viral Cytomegalovirus Herpes simplex Hepatitis A, B, C HIV Varicella Bacterial/Spirochete Brucellosis Leptospirosis Syphilis Q fever Miscellaneous Autoimmune hepatitis Drug side effects Ischemia Wilson Disease Treatment for EBV infections is mainly supportive. Anti-viral medications such as ganciclovir are usually used for severe problems. Liver failure has been treated by transplant. Refraining fr...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 1, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donna M. D'Alessandro, M.D. Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news