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Cancer found in ancient human ancestor’s foot

Cancer found in ancient human ancestor’s foot

The earliest evidence of cancer in the human fossil record has been discovered in a cave in South Africa, an international team of scientists say. The aggressive tumour was found…

Drug ‘may slow’ Alzheimer’s brain death

Drug ‘may slow’ Alzheimer’s brain death

Image copyright Thinkstock A drug appears to slow the brain’s death and preserve mental function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a study shows. Developing such a treatment is one of…

New crop of robots to vie for space in the operating room

CHICAGO Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world. Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries…

Critics of weight-loss device urge U.S. regulator to reverse approval

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. Lotta Bosnyak takes extra time to chew the blueberries in her yogurt. Otherwise, she said, the device she credits with saving her life will not work. The…

AstraZeneca earnings hit by waning cholesterol drug sales

LONDON Generic competition to cholesterol buster Crestor in the U.S. market pushed second-quarter earnings down by nearly a third at drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is now banking on new cancer medicines…

Florida identifies two more Zika cases not related to travel

CHICAGO The Florida health department said on Wednesday it is investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising…

Ketone drink may help athletes unlock greater human metabolic potential

Ketone drink may help athletes unlock greater human metabolic potential

A study in Cell Metabolism reports that nutritional ketone – in the form of a drink – enables athletes to function with different metabolism that enhances their performance. Over…

GSK chases next biotech asthma drug with $230 million J&J deal

LONDON GlaxoSmithKline has bought global rights to an experimental drug from Johnson & Johnson for up to 175 million pounds ($230 million), raising its bet on a new generation of…

Lilly CEO Lechleiter to retire; David Ricks to succeed

U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co said on Wednesday John Lechleiter, its chief executive of eight years, would retire by the end of the year and would be succeeded by…

IBM steps up efforts in fight against Zika

International Business Machines Corp said on Wednesday it would provide its technology and resources to help track the spread of the Zika virus. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading research…