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    1. October 26, 2014

      The Silver Economy: Silicon Valley joins quest to ‘cure’ ageing

      From earliest recorded history, a procession of emperors, alchemists and charlatans have searched in vain for the mythical...

    2. October 16, 2014

      Interactive tool: disease in emerging markets

      Explore the leading causes of illness and death in 21 emerging markets in an interactive tool developed for the FT by the...

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    1. October 15, 2014

      Eye disease trial raises hopes on embryonic stem cell treatment

      The first long-term trial of a human embryonic stem cell treatment has given encouraging results with 18 patients suffering...

    2. October 8, 2014

      Work on super-microscopes awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry

      Two Americans and a German have won the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistryfor developing super-microscopes that enable scientists...

    3. October 6, 2014

      UK life sciences hit 7-year high

      Britain’s life sciences industry is on course to raise its most financing in 2014 for at least seven years, in a sign that...

    4. October 6, 2014

      Pay attention to your gut bacteria

      A recent study in Israel showing that artificial sweeteners could actually result in weight gain caught my attention. Not...

    5. October 6, 2014

      Work on brain’s ‘inner GPS’ system wins Nobel medicine prize

      The discovery of an “inner GPS” in the brain has won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for a British professor and a...

    6. October 3, 2014

      Guinter Kahn, dermatologist, 1934-2014

      Scientists have been seeking a cure for baldness since the dawn of modern medicine. Hippocrates experimented with a...

    7. September 18, 2014

      Europe struggles to catch US biotech bulls

      Boom times are back for US biotechnology. After a wobble in the spring when Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve,...

    8. September 17, 2014

      Israeli researchers link artificial sweeteners with obesity

      Consuming non-caloric sweeteners such as saccharin instead of sugar may promote obesity rather than prevent it, according to...

    9. September 5, 2014

      Critics fume over WHO call for curbs on ecigarette sales

      The debate over the safety of electronic cigarettes – and how they should be regulated – intensified on Friday as a panel of...

    10. September 4, 2014

      Levinson move highlights Google health ambitions

      The man Google hopes will unlock the secrets of ageing has quit his board seat at Swiss drugs group Roche in a sign of the...

    11. August 29, 2014

      Trial and ebola: the drug and vaccine pipeline

      Ebola virus (Getty)   © Getty By Clive Cookson Research into Ebola drugs and vaccines had been chugging along at a fairly...

    12. August 15, 2014

      Salmonella cases linked to single source

      Isolated clusters of Salmonella sickness, which have affected 156 people around England during the past few months, come...

    13. August 5, 2014

      Daily aspirin cuts risk of cancer and premature death

      Low-dose aspirin, taken daily over several years, cuts the risk of developing cancer and reduces premature mortality as a...

    14. August 5, 2014

      Author of disputed stem cell paper found dead

      A Japanese scientist who co-authored a discredited study purporting to describe a revolutionary method of creating stem...

    15. August 1, 2014

      DNA project receives £300m investment boost

      Britain is aiming to become the world leader in medical DNA research, following a public-private agreement to invest a...

    16. July 16, 2014

      David Cameron moves to boost UK life sciences

      The appointment of George Freeman in a newly created life sciences role in Tuesday’s reshuffle marks the prime minister’s...

    17. July 11, 2014

      Vasectomy study confirms prostate cancer link

      A long-term study of men who have had vasectomies provides the first clear evidence that the “snip” increases the risk of...

    18. July 8, 2014

      Simple test for Alzheimer’s draws closer

      A simple test for early Alzheimer’s disease has come a step closer, as UK scientists announce that certain proteins in blood...

    19. July 7, 2014

      Urgent action called for on antibiotic resistance

      Action against antibiotic resistance is needed too urgently to wait for the outcome of the review announced by David Cameron...

    20. July 6, 2014

      Science parks’ role as innovation centres ‘under threat’

      The chairman of the UK Science Park Association has warned that their role as centres for business innovation is under...

    21. July 2, 2014

      Drug groups welcome UK push to tackle superbugs

      Drugmakers have welcomed the appointment of Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs chief economist, to lead a UK...

    22. July 2, 2014

      David Cameron calls for action to fight antibiotic resistance

      David Cameron has appointed former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill to lead a team of experts to spur the...

    23. June 18, 2014

      David Cameron launches world’s biggest dementia study

      The world’s biggest study of dementia will be unveiled by David Cameron on Thursday as part of a push worth more than £100m...

    24. June 18, 2014

      GW Pharma aims for $150m in Nasdaq offering

      A British company developing a cannabis-based epilepsy drug for children is aiming to raise another $150m after a ninefold...

    25. June 18, 2014

      Depression carries a stigma in the office

      When I returned to work after suffering my first depressive episode, I shared very little of what had happened with...

    26. June 16, 2014

      UK biotech groups’ rush to market injects sense of optimism

      Britain’s biotech sector has experienced more false dawns than most industries. But after a barren decade, a series of deals...

    27. June 16, 2014

      Medical device makers in a race to merge

      Medical device companies are eyeing more consolidation after Medtronic agreed to buy Covidien in a $42.9bn deal that...

    28. June 16, 2014

      Medtronic snaps up Covidien for $42.9bn

      Medtronic, the medical device and equipment maker, has agreed to acquire Irish rival Covidien’s equity in a $42.9bn cash and...

    29. June 8, 2014

      Chris Viehbacher shuns deal frenzy as Sanofi focuses on growth

      Chris Viehbacher is not someone who usually likes sitting on the sidelines. Known as a charismatic and dynamic leader, the...

    30. June 6, 2014

      DIY scientists turning biotech hobby into business

      An orange plastic suitcase opens up to reveal a small LCD display, numerical keypad and a couple of slots. At first sight,...

    31. May 30, 2014

      Hopes for cancer cures offer comfort for battered pharma

      It is the Holy Grail of medical science. Ever since Hippocrates, the Greek physician, first described the disease more than...

    32. April 28, 2014

      Medical device maker Sequana raises $26m after quitting US

      A medical device start-up that relocated from California to Switzerland announced on Monday that it has raised $26.2m,...

    33. April 25, 2014

      Race is on to find new treatments for malaria

      Mao Zedong may seem an unlikely hero of the battle against malaria. During his leadership of China in the 1960s,...

    34. April 25, 2014

      Gold miner and the metal itself help in fight against malaria

      When AngloGold Ashanti began a malaria control programme at its gold mine in Obuasi in the Ashanti region of southwest Ghana...

    35. April 25, 2014

      Researchers test new ways of controlling malaria

      From the biological point of view, malaria is a particularly complex disease. It is caused by an unusual pathogen, the...

    36. April 25, 2014

      India struggles to assess its malaria burden accurately

      In the early 1950s, India, newly independent from British rule, went on the offensive against malaria, with a...

    37. April 25, 2014

      Insecticides to fight malaria face increased resistance

      Even the most predictable problems cannot always be averted. Ahead of a World Health Organisation (WHO) endorsed,...

    38. April 25, 2014

      Telecoms help pave way to improved mosquito net benefits

      Perhaps the reason Martin Edlund is optimistic about the procurement and distribution of anti-malaria tools is his...

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