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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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,...

  27. 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,...

  28. April 25, 2014

    Call for greater penalties for peddlers of fake antimalarials

    In 2012, customs officers in the Angolan port of Luanda decided to inspect a shipment of hi-fi speakers. Inside, they found...

  29. April 25, 2014

    Researchers warn victory against malaria remains a long way off

    Success can be a dangerous thing in the world of global health policy. Deaths from malaria have fallen by 42 per cent since...

  30. 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...

  31. April 25, 2014

    An effective vaccine against malaria may at last be in sight

    In 1987, I started work on an ambitious project to develop a vaccine against malaria. In the 1980s, as vaccines helped...

  32. April 24, 2014

    UK medical science drive shaken by US takeover fears

    The UK’s ambition to remain a leading global player in life sciences has been called into question by news of an informal...

  33. April 21, 2014

    Queen’s Awards: Tissue Solutions exploits gap in market

    A list of the wares available from Tissue Solutions, Glasgow-based winner of a Queen’s Award for International Trade, is...

  34. April 13, 2014

    Drug groups step up race for hepatitis C treatments

    Drugmakers are stepping up the race for multibillion-dollar hepatitis C treatments after trial data showed how the disease...

  35. April 10, 2014

    Scientists say UK ministers wasted millions on flu medicine

    Scientists have accused the government of throwing more than £600m “down the drain” by stockpiling emergency flu treatments...

  36. April 8, 2014

    Takeda and Eli Lilly fall foul of  jury in Actos trial

    For Mark Lanier, it was the biggest victory of his career as a plaintiff’s lawyer: a $9bn award for punitive damages against...

  37. April 8, 2014

    Boris Johnson launches MedCity to boost UK life sciences

    Boris Johnson says London and the southeast can become the world’s life sciences capital after launching a body to help the...

  38. April 3, 2014

    Ketamine shows ‘remarkable’ effect in treating depression

    Ketamine, a chemical used as an anaesthetic for horses and as an illegal party drug, can produce “remarkable changes” in...

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