FierceBiotech – The trial aimed to show Accera’s brain metabolism-focused approach to improving outcomes in Alzheimer’s could succeed where beta-amyloid drugs have failed, but instead ended up becoming yet another late-phase failure.
Swissinfo.ch – The Swiss parliament has approved a plan to extend the current moratorium on genetically modified organisms in agriculture. However, it wants nothing to do with cabinet proposals to create GMO zones.
Medical Xpress – Scientists have used a unique computational technique that sifts through big data to identify a subset of concussion patients with normal brain scans, who may deteriorate months after diagnosis.
News-Medical.net – A new report on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) by the UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics calls for a moratorium on its use in sequencing the whole genome of fetuses, and calls for a ban on its use in finding out the sex of the fetus.
Los Angeles Times – As concerns mount over prescription drug abuse, a California legislator wants to impose a tax on addictive opioid medications and use the funds to expand prevention and rehabilitation services.
The Washington Post – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday escalated his administration’s response to the opioid-addiction crisis, declaring a state of emergency and committing an additional $50 million over the next five years.
Mashable – The transport regulator put out a request for companies to design and develop suitable trial technologies, including 360-degree video mapping of the tunnels, as well as software that would automatically detect defects and provide their location.