Cyberattack rocks U.K. NHS, forcing care cancellations

The healthcare system in the United Kingdom is reeling from a ransomware attack.  The spread of the program across National Health Service (NHS) computers forced doctors to switch to pen and paper and continued to affect care days after it initially hit.

EMA to Pharma Companies: Prepare for UK to EU Shift

Setting the stage for a likely exodus from the UK for pharmaceutical manufacturers and staff, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in May notified marketing authorization holders (MAHs) that for centrally authorized products, EU law requires them to be established in the EU or European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

‘Priming’ protein boosts stem cell response to injury, promotes healing

Stanford University scientists have identified a protein that, given before an injury, boosts stem cell response and improves healing.  “Priming” with this protein, called hepatocyte growth factor activator (HGFA), could eventually speed recovery in cases where injury is expected, such as patients undergoing surgery.

Could a cow virus help fight multiple myeloma?

One of the most active research endeavors in immuno-oncology involves engineering human viruses into weapons that can fight cancer.  Now, a group of scientists at the University of Parma in Italy is looking to another source of potentially potent cancer-killing viruses:  cows.