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Pain treatment found to be less effective in men and male smokers

BY Melissa Valliant

ORLANDO, Fla. Women respond better than men to pain treatment, while male smokers show even worse improvement, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study presented Saturday at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The study attributes male smokers’ poor reaction to pain treatment to their physical health, which  generally is worse than that of non-smokers.

Researchers monitored treatment of 1,200 men and women throughout a three-week outpatient pain treatment program. The research marked a step in finding a way to lessen or completely get rid of pain medications.

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Nerviano partners with Genentech to develop anticancer drugs

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A company that develops cancer drugs has announced a multi-year collaboration with Genentech.

Nerviano Medical Sciences said that it would collaborate with South San Francisco, Calif.-based Genentech to search for antibody drug compounds to develop anticancer drugs. It is the second agreement between Genentech and NMS in less than a year, NMS said.

Genentech will have exclusive rights to fully develop and commercialize licensed products, while NMS will primarily synthesize and manufacture drug reagents.

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More Americans cutting back on prescription medications

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Economic difficulties are causing more Americans to forego prescription drugs, according to The New York Times.

Costs for housing and food are trumping costs for drugs, and some patients have stopped taking drugs for chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol. Some drug makers have reported decreases in sales of certain drugs, while IMS Health has reported reductions in prescriptions being dispensed.

The Times reported that the trend could cause increases in complications from chronic disease.

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