Rare Genetic Variation Associated with Lower-Than-Average Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers from Amgen Inc.’s (Thousand Oaks CA) deCode genetics unit said they have discovered a rare genetic variation that is associated with a 34% lower-than-average risk of heart disease, potentially opening up… Read more »

Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine offers another strong incentive to go for a run, or at least a brisk walk. It finds that people who get more activity in their leisure… Read more »

Pfizer Acquires Anacor Pharma for $5.2 Billion

Pfizer Inc. (New York City) is buying Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Palo Alto CA) in a $5.2 billion deal to add an eczema gel to its portfolio, just a month after… Read more »

Republicans Win Latest Obamacare Challenge; Add to Hospital, Insurer Worries

Hospital and insurer stocks slumped last week after a federal judge in Washington, DC, ruled that some of the funding for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is unconstitutional, potentially… Read more »

Drugs Targeting DNA Repair Mechanisms Inside Cells Show Promise in Fight Against Cancer

Drugs targeting DNA repair mechanisms inside cells are showing significant promise for a range of tumors and AstraZeneca PLC (London) believes it is well ahead of rivals in the emerging… Read more »

Cigna Signs “Results-Based” Deals on Costly Amgen, Sanofi Cholesterol Meds

Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) signed deals that will pay the makers of two potent but pricey cholesterol-lowering treatments based on how well their customers respond to the medications, the health… Read more »

Will Surgery Robots Lead to Better Health Outcomes

Letting robots perform surgery independently may ultimately improve outcomes for patients, researchers say. In experiments on pigs, surgical stitches made by autonomous robots were as good as, or better than,… Read more »

Paper Disc Can Quickly Detect Zika Virus

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A paper-based rapid test for the Zika virus has been introduced by a consortium of research groups, according to The New York Times. The core of the test kit is… Read more »

Bayer’s Stivarga Results Show Promise in Fighting Liver Cancer

BAYER AG (Leverkusen DEU) now has Phase 3 results which suggest its Stivarga product is an effective treatment for a common form of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)…. Read more »

Johnson & Johnson Hit with $55 Million Verdict in Talc Powder Trial

Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick NJ) must pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the second such… Read more »