News

Jan 19 2019

Business Insider – Nearly a year after throwing in the towel on a suite of efforts to develop better treatments for brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, drug giant Pfizer appeared to make an about-face by partnering with investment firm Bain Capital to create a new drug company called Cerevel Therapeutics, to focus on Parkinson's, epilepsy, and other central nervous system diso

Jan 18 2019

Health IT Analytics – Participants in the NIH All of Us research program can now volunteer their FitBit data to better inform the national population health research initiative.

Jan 18 2019

The Conversation – Even as the techniques of molecular biology have advanced, humans have not yet released a genetically engineered plant that is intended to spread and persist in an unmanaged environment. Biotech trees – genetically engineered or gene-edited – offer just that possibility.

Jan 18 2019

NBCNews – Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made his most direct threat yet against e-cigarette companies Friday, saying they face an “existential threat” if they don’t stop marketing to youth.

Jan 18 2019

The Hill – FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb remarked at a public hearing that the rate of young people addicted to e-cigarettes use, commonly referred to as "vaping," had reached levels where FDA-approved methods for quitting e-cigarettes could be necessary.

Jan 18 2019

MIT Technology Review – Three top gene-editing scientists discouraged public fear of "designer babies," saying that intelligence is too complex to engineer, and that’s a good thing.

Jan 18 2019

CBC News – Despite having virtually identical DNA, twin sisters did not receive matching results from any of the 5 companies they sent their DNA to for analysis.

Jan 17 2019

The Washington Post – The Food and Drug Administration plans to furlough more people and suspend lower-priority tasks to preserve money for drug reviews, including for new treatments for depression, diabetes and several types of cancer.

Jan 17 2019

Science News – As public health officials tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, another class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines–drugs such as Valium and Xanax, commonly prescribed for anxiety and insomnia–have been contributing to a growing number of deaths across the United States.

Jan 17 2019

CNBC – The FDA said Thursday it is streamlining the labeling for naloxone, a prescription drug that can reverse an opioid overdose if caught early enough. The change will enable drugmakers to produce over-the-counter versions of the medication that some have criticized as prohibitively expensive and difficult to buy.

Jan 17 2019

STAT – When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it’s called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.

Jan 17 2019

NBCNews – By harnessing its massive trove of genetic data, 23andMe has notched more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and launched its own therapeutics lab. Outside researchers and pharmaceutical companies have lined up to collaborate with the firm.