News

Jan 17 2019

Axios – Scientists are testing new strategies to build better treatments for people with antibiotic-resistant staph infections. One aims to boost the power of current antibiotics and another uses a new biologic to disable the bacteria's toxins that incapacitate the immune system.

Jan 16 2019

STAT News – Nearly a decade after the technique showed promise, researchers in California expect to launch a Phase 2 clinical trial of stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration this year, while a team from the National Institutes of Health is planning the first U.S. clinical trial using induced pluripotent stem cells, which were discovered 12 years ago and won a 2012 Nobel Prize.

Jan 16 2019

CBS News – An experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis is showing promise in stopping symptoms of the disease, according to a new study that found that a single stem cell transplant could stop or delay symptoms better than some medications.

Jan 16 2019

Renewables Now – Natural gas dominated new electrical generating capacity in 2018. However, renewable energy sources may be poised to swamp fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years.

Jan 15 2019

STAT – Purdue Pharma started selling its prescription opioid painkiller OxyContin in 1996 and its debut was described as "a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition". 

Jan 15 2019

Mosaic – Gene therapies could offer long-term fixes for a host of incurable illnesses – except that many people’s immune systems react to them. So researchers are looking for ways to help the treatments sneak past our antibodies.

Jan 15 2019

The Washington Post – Maryland lawmakers are working on legislation for a mobile app to help social-service officials verify whether parents with a history of drug addiction can safely care for their newborns.

Jan 15 2019

STAT News –  Further details of Purdue Pharma's aggressive marketing of the drug OxyContin are revealed in newly public portions of a lawsuit filed by the state of Massachusetts against Purdue that alleges that the company, the Sackler family, and company executives misled prescribers and patients as they aimed to blanket the country with prescriptions for their addictive medications.

Jan 15 2019

BioCentury – Looking past the government shutdown, FDA outlined policies it is taking to ramp up regulatory support for cell and gene therapy products, while threatening to crack down on investigators and clinicians who refuse to submit cell therapies to premarket review.

Jan 15 2019

The Hill – The Trump administration is bringing dozens of federal employees back to work to carry out the administration’s plan to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling.

Jan 15 2019

The Verge – The Internet of Things promises to connect billions of otherwise ordinary devices to the internet, but when each one needs to have its own battery, there’s a limit to how small or cheap they can become. A new paper-thin Bluetooth chip that’s able to operate entirely without a battery could be about to solve this problem. 

Jan 15 2019

MIT Technology Review – In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of AI to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people.