Biotech stocks are in breakout mode. The SPDR S&P Biotech ETF and the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF, two popular exchange-traded funds tracking the biotechnology space, popped on Monday after Pfizer, the largest drugmaker in the U.S., said it would buy Array BioPharma for over $10 billion. The SPDR ETF, ticker XBI, had rallied almost 5%
In recent years, robotic surgery for throat cancer has become more common. A study has investigated if robotic surgery was safer than radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is typically used in the treatment of throat cancer. However, this procedure can cause several side effects, including problems swallowing. In recent years, throat cancer has begun to be
Researchers from the University of South Florida, U.S analyzed the risk of concussion in children who played sports. Sports-related injuries are a common occurrence Among the different sports injuries, concussion (temporary unconsciousness due to head trauma) is a serious health issue. Concussion in children can have long-term health consequences in brain development. However, very little
A recent clinical trial reports on the safety of the prolonged use of pantoprazole – a proton pump inhibitor. What are proton pump inhibitors? Proton pump inhibitors are a group of drugs that are designed to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. They are one of the most commonly prescribed medications for
My dad reluctantly tried a Juul e-cigarette six months ago. He now likes it so much he won’t give it up. I bought my dad a Juul in November as an experiment to see if it would help him kick his longstanding cigarette habit. After a little over a week of vaping his Juul and
New research in mice uncovers a previously unknown “pathway toward healthy aging.” A circulating protein from the blood of young mice led to health improvements and visible signs of rejuvenation when researchers gave it to aging mice. Scientists have found an enzyme that might have antiaging properties in humans as it does in mice. As
A large new study has examined the effects of vitamin D on a diverse group of adults and found no evidence that this supplement can prevent type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D supplements don’t do much to prevent type 2 diabetes. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin; it builds and maintains healthy bones. Our bodies produce
In a recent study, scientists estimated exposure to metallic particles in air pollution and its link to mortality rates. Air pollution can no longer be considered as a mere nuisance but is now a serious health hazard. The WHO estimates that outdoor air pollution was the cause of 4.2 million deaths in 2016 alone. The
Guanfacine, under the brand name Intuniv, and Adderall are prescription drugs that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Both drugs help treat the disorder, which people commonly refer to as ADHD, but they work in different ways. In the case of Adderall, it is a stimulant. Conversely, guanfacine is a nonstimulant. In this respect, they are
An inhaler works most effectively when the user manages to deliver their medication in a slow, controlled fashion. Adding a spacer to an inhaler can help a person achieve this goal. Spacers are especially useful for children who may otherwise have difficulty using an inhaler. In this article, we discuss how spacers work, their benefits,
Nick Leschly, CEO of Bluebird Bio in Cambridge. Wendy Maeda | The Boston Globe | Getty Images Bluebird Bio CEO Nick Leschly on Friday defended the biotech company’s $1.8 million price tag for its new gene therapy to treat a rare genetic blood disorder. Bluebird’s therapy, Zynteglo, was approved in Europe earlier this month for
A tooth infection, or an abscessed tooth, generally occurs as a result of tooth decay and poor oral hygiene. However, it can also develop due to previous dental work or traumatic injury. When an infection occurs, it causes a pocket of pus to form in the mouth as a result of an overgrowth of bacteria.
Researchers implement a technological solution for the detection of ear infections in children using a smartphone application. Ear infections are a frequent health concern among young children. They occur as a result of fluid build up in the ear and can cause pain along with hearing difficulties. It can be difficult to diagnose an ear
In the collective imagination, night owls are free, creative spirits. Yet studies have shown that people who are more active at night face greater health risks. Do night owls experience more benefits or risks due to their rhythms? This Spotlight feature tackles this and related questions. What health risks do night owls face, and why?
Older adults with insufficient vitamin K are likely to be at higher risk for mobility disability, according to new research. New research shows that low levels of vitamin K may restrict mobility in older adults. Dietary sources of vitamin K include kale, spinach, broccoli, and other leafy greens. Some dairy foods also contain vitamin K.
Technology has impacted human activities monumentally. Now, scientists want to know if human brains are being affected too. Being constantly connected to the online world may have long-lasting effects on the human brain. The internet has been around for less than 3 decades, but the technology has already had an immense impact on the way
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins speaks at the 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, in December 2017. – | AFP | Getty Images Cisco is teaming up with telemedicine provider American Well on a project to convert people’s television sets into a virtual medical office. The tech giant in the early stages of developing a
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that can severely damage nerves throughout the body. Symptoms tend to worsen, and as the disease progresses, it can cause impaired speech and motor skills. Multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to significant difficulties in performing daily tasks and can greatly affect a person’s quality of life. There is no
Zoe Barry, CEO and co-founder, ZappRx Source: Zoe Barry Medical software company Allscripts has bought ZappRx, a start-up that aimed to modernize how people access prescription medicines, say two people familiar with the deal, the company confirmed on Thursday. ZappRx raised more than $40 million from investors ranging from GV, Alphabet‘s early-stage venture arm, and
A recent study examined the effects of the Nutrition North Canada subsidy on the rates of food insecurity in Nunavut. Most of us know that poor nutrition is linked to poor physical and mental health outcomes. Scientists have also shown in numerous studies that the lack of financial resources is strongly linked to deficient dietary
Following evidence that estrogen and vitamin D work together to promote bone health, new research from China now suggests that they could also help to stave off metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women. High levels of vitamin D, in conjunction with estrogen, could help protect the metabolic health of postmenopausal women. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster
A recent study assessed the cognitive, behavioral, psychological, and metabolic benefits of naps in children. Poor sleep affects physical, mental, and psychological factors in children. Napping may be valuable in insufficient sleep compensation and reduction of daytime sleepiness. Napping is practiced as part of a healthy lifestyle in China, among all age groups. In most
Bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder line a drugstore shelf in New York. Lucas Jackson | Reuters A California jury on Wednesday ruled in favor of a plaintiff who blamed her cancer on talcum-based products made by Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Plaintiff Patricia Schmitz will be awarded $4.8 million in damages from each
Naltrexone, in low doses, has recently become a popular drug for treating multiple sclerosis. This is an off-label use, and research into its effectiveness is still underway. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the nerve cells. As it progresses, symptoms can get in the way of daily life and impair movement, speech, and
In a recent study, researchers assessed the advantages an extrovert at work experiences, compared to introverts. What is the difference between extroverts and introverts? Extroverts tend to be viewed as sociable, outgoing, and leaders. Introverts tend to be viewed as reserved, calm, and observant. Extraversion and introversion in the workplace is a frequently studied topic.
New research on thousands of twins in Sweden has uncovered a significant link between type 2 diabetes in midlife and the risk of stroke and blocked brain arteries later in life. However, the link did not apply to brain bleeds, which can also cause strokes. New research suggests that having type 2 diabetes in midlife
For many years, specialists believed that people who studied more and kept their brains more active had lower dementia risk. Some recent studies have contradicted this idea. So how is education linked to the evolution of Alzheimer’s disease, if at all? Another study suggests that there is no link between a person’s level of education
A recent study investigated the benefits of Enzalutamide, a new drug treatment for prostate cancer, on survival outcomes. Prostate cancer is commonly treated with testosterone suppression as first-line therapy with the addition of a nonsteroidal antiandrogen drug, to help reduce testosterone levels, as standard care. Unfortunately, patients can develop resistance to the nonsteroidal antiandrogen drugs,