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%
People’s language could reveal clues about their future risk of developing psychosis. Scientists concluded this after studying the subtle features of people’s everyday speech. Subtle differences in word use can indicate psychosis risk, and machine learning can help identify it. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and Harvard University in Boston, MA, used a
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 reveal a marker and new testing tool of frontotemporal dementia that may help distinguish this condition from Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Moral emotions’ are ones that prompt us to do good and contribute to pro-social behavior and cooperation. Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a less common form of dementia than Alzheimer’s. Sometimes called Pick’s disease or frontal
Peter Hames Big Health CEO Peter Hames wants people to use his app to treat their insomnia — and then delete it for good. His app, Sleepio, essentially works by leveraging an approach known as cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to give users the tools to manage their own thought patterns differently and overcome their anxieties.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
Scanning electron micrograph of various bacteria found in a sample of human faeces. Steve Gschmeissner | Science Photo Library | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a safety warning following the death of a patient who contracted a drug resistant bacteria that was transmitted during an experimental fecal transplant. Another patient
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
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
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
Thousands of people around the world experience insomnia, which affects their quality of life, health, and productivity. One effective way of managing insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy, but many individuals may not have the time or money to visit a therapist’s office. So, what is the solution? New technologies can effectively deliver the therapy that
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
Neurobion is a brand of supplements that contain a combination of B vitamins. Its manufacturers advertise that Neurobion can help improve nerve function. Vitamin B-complex supplements, including Neurobion products, can help treat or prevent certain nutrient deficiencies. Talk to a doctor before taking any supplement, as they can interact with medication. In this article, we
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
Bernard Charles, chief executive officer of Dassault Systemes SA. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images French technology company Dassault Systèmes is nearing a deal to acquire Medidata Solutions, according to people familiar with the matter. The likely agreement was reported earlier by Bloomberg, which also published a story in April saying the companies were in
New research finds an intriguing link between undetected blood sugar disorders and the development of heart attacks and severe gum disease. Undetected blood sugar disorders may heighten the risk of heart attacks and periodontitis. Previous research has pointed to a connection between periodontitis — a chronic condition that affects the gums and bones that support
Pooping regularly is a sign of a healthy digestive tract. Everyone’s bowel habits are slightly different, but going too long without pooping can be a sign of an underlying health condition that may require medical attention. There is no specific number of times a person should poop per day, since everyone’s bowel habits are different.
The number of people choosing nondairy, plant-based alternatives to cow’s milk appears to be growing. So, how do these different milks compare nutritionally? Research from 2018 says that eating and drinking milk that comes from cows has been falling, with interest in alternative milks rising. Some of the different types of plant-based milk products include:
There are two major stumbling blocks to developing effective drugs for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases that destroy the brain. The first is overcoming the blood-brain barrier, and the second is delivering the drug to a precise location and ensuring that it does not spread to the rest of the brain. New research finds a