Another ADC Developer Lands a Mega Round of Financing for Cancer Clinical Trials

Torl BioTherapeutics, a biotech company, recently secured $158 million in financing for their antibody drug conjugate (ADC) cancer therapy program, TORL-1-23. This funding will support ongoing clinical development of the program, which targets tumors expressing the protein CLDN 6, with a focus on platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. The financing was led by Deep Track Capital and…

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Ketamine Clinic Popularity Sparks Legal, Safety Concerns

The popularity of ketamine clinics has risen, with concerns about regulations, legal issues, efficacy, and safety being raised. Ketamine, once a club drug, has evolved into a breakthrough therapy. Ketamine clinics now offer off-label treatment for various conditions, but the rise of online clinics has raised red flags. While some patients find at-home ketamine treatment…

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h2o Therapeutics’ Apple Watch feature for Parkinson’s gets FDA medical device listing

Turkey-based digital health startup h2o therapeutics has announced the FDA listing of its new Apple Watch-enabled freezing of gait-cuing feature, Foggy, designed for Parkinson’s Disease patients. Freezing of gait is a symptom of Parkinson’s in which patients temporarily lose the ability to move. Foggy uses the Taptic Engine in an Apple Watch to provide vibrotactile…

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AAD, ASDS warn consumers of fake Botox injections following hospitalization reports

At least four individuals have been hospitalized with severe complications resembling botulism after receiving counterfeit Botox injections. The CDC is issuing warnings to doctors nationwide about these fake injections that have caused hospitalizations in various states. The American Academy of Dermatology Association and American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association have both released official statements in…

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A call to action on evolving risk to humans

The recent detection of H5N1 bird flu in U.S. cattle and a dairy worker contracting the virus is concerning, as federal health officials emphasize diligent monitoring but urge a departure from reassurances. The virus has now shown inter-mammalian transmission among dairy cows, raising concerns about further evolution for efficient human transmission. Current vaccines are not…

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When I use a word . . . Medical eggcorns

The article discusses different types of verbal errors that people make, including folk etymology, mondegreens, malapropisms, and eggcorns. It provides examples of medical eggcorns, which are verbal errors where a word is replaced by another that sounds similar and shares a semantic connection. The article also introduces the term “acyrology” to encompass all types of…

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UK and Portuguese study strongly suggests ‘superbugs’ are being passed from pets to owners

New research presented at the ESCMID Global Congress in Barcelona shows that pet dogs and cats can play a significant role in the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study found evidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria being transmitted between sick pets and their healthy owners in Portugal and the UK. Antibiotic resistance is a growing global concern,…

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AI program can help identify signs of childbirth-related PTSD

Researchers have adapted an AI program to identify signs of childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD) by analyzing short narratives of patients who have given birth. The AI model successfully identified a large proportion of participants likely to have the disorder, with the potential to identify more with further refinements. CB-PTSD affects around 8 million people…

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