Infecting Mosquitoes with Bacterium Could Slow the Zika Virus

In the fight against the spreading Zika virus, scientists have uncovered an unlikely ally in the form of a bacterium called “Wolbachia.” The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the more abundant of the… Read more »

Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

After heart disease and cancer, medical errors kill more Americans than anything else, claiming a quarter of a million lives a year, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University…. Read more »

Pfizer Pays $785 million to Resolve a 14-year-old Lawsuit

Pfizer Inc. (New York City) agreed to pay nearly $785 million to resolve a 14-year-old lawsuit claiming its Wyeth unit overcharged the government by hiding the discounts it was giving… Read more »

AbbVie Agrees to Buy Stemcentrx, Reports Jump in Earnings

U.S. biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie Inc. (North Chicago) on Thursday said it will acquire cancer biotech company Stemcentrx Inc. (South San Francisco) in a roughly $5.8 billion cash and stock deal that would expand… Read more »

The Obama Administration Has Set New Standards for Medicaid Private Insurance Plans

The Obama administration has set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people. The rules apply to… Read more »

Brain Damage in Zika Babies Far Worse than Expected

While health officials in Brazil say the epidemic is peaking there, the scale and severity of prenatal damage by the Zika virus are far worse than expected. Experts have begun calling… Read more »

Abbott to Acquire St. Jude Medical for $25 Billion

A rash of deals on Thursday showed that healthcare companies are convinced, regardless of tax benefits, that bigger is not only better, it is essential. The more than $40 billion… Read more »

Suicide in the United States Has Surged to the Highest Levels in Nearly 30 years

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults…. Read more »

Intuitive Surgical Reported Better-than-Expected First-Quarter Profit on Expanded Use of its Da Vinci Robots

INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC. (Sunnyvale CA) reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit on expanded use of its da Vinci robots in U.S. general surgeries such as hernia repair, and it raised its full-year… Read more »

AstraZeneca Joins with Three Partners to Focus on Genomics

AstraZeneca PLC (London), working with genome pioneer J. Craig Venter, PhD, is launching a massive gene hunt in the most comprehensive bet yet by a pharmaceutical firm on the potential… Read more »