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Elon Musk's brain-chip company Neuralink has raised $205 million, and says its tech will help quadriplegic people control phones and laptops with their minds

Neuralink founder Elon Musk Hannibal Hanschke Pool / Getty Images Elon Musk's Neuralink announced Thursday it raised $205 million in a series C funding round. Neuralink said the funds will help bring its first brain-chip product to market. The chip will let quadriplegic people control digital devices with their minds, Neuralink said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Elon Musk's Neuralink, the company developing microchips designed to go in people's brains, has r...
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Johnson & Johnson's vaccine produced fewer antibodies against Delta compared with other shots in an experiment. Experts say we shouldn't worry about the results.

Gerald McDavitt, 81, a Veteran of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, holds his CDC vaccine card after being inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Janssen Vaccine. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images In a study, J&J's vaccine produced fewer antibodies to the Delta variant compared with other shots. The study authors said that the lower antibody response "could result in decreased protection." But other experts said the COVID-19 lab-based study didn't represent the ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccine, Johnson, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cnbc, New York University, Nyu


Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb warns of a Delta-driven virus peak at the end of September

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb Reuters Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb warned of a COVID-19 peak at the end of September. The Delta variant would drive up cases over the next few months, he said. "The worst is yet to come," Gottlieb told Squawk Box on Wednesday. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head at the Food and Drug Administration, warned Wednesday that a Delta variant-fueled pandemic peak could hit the US in September. Gottlieb told Squawk ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Squawk Box, Gottlieb, Scott Gottlieb, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This, Coronavirus


Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 Vaccine Will Reportedly Get New Warning Label Over Rare Nerve Condition

Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine is reportedly getting a new warning label attached to it, according to the New York Times, following incidents of a rare but serious nerve condition linked to its use known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. The new warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration will not apply to the…Read more...
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Fauci says vaccines should be mandated at the local level but the federal government will not mandate them

Getty/Kevin Dietsch The White House missed its goal of vaccinating 70% of US adults by July 4 amid vaccine hesitancy. Dr. Anthony Fauci said he supported mandates at local institutions like schools and businesses. He also said formal full approval of COVID-19 vaccines in the US might help combat hesitancy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday said he believed there should be more COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level but the federal governmen...
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Fauci said there should be vaccine mandates at the local level but that the federal government will not mandate them

Getty/Kevin Dietsch The White House missed its goal of vaccinating 70% of US adults by July 4 amid vaccine hesitancy. Fauci said he supports vaccine mandates at the local level, like at schools and businesses. He also said the vaccines are as good as approved, but that formal full approval may help combat hesitancy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday he believes there should be more COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level, though he continu...
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FDA Backpedals on Aduhelm Approval, Now Says Only Early Alzheimer's Patients Should Get It

The Food and Drug Administration is altering its recent and controversial approval of a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The agency is now recommending that the drug, called Aduhelm and developed by Biogen, only be given to people in the earliest stages of the ultimately fatal neurodegenerative condition. The…Read more...
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Rep. Katie Porter Calls for Investigation Into FDA Approval of Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Lawmakers are asking questions about the process that led the Food and Drug Administration to approve a controversial drug for Alzheimer’s disease. The latest is House Representative Katie Porter (D-CA), who released an open letter late Tuesday calling for the inspector general of Health and Human Services to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, House, Food And Drug Administration, Health Care, Life Sciences, Health And Human Services, Big Pharma, Public Citizen, Biogen, Frank Pallone, Pharmaceutical Industry, Carolyn B Maloney, Aducanumab, Katie Porter, Alzheimers Disease


How much protection you get from one dose of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna vaccines, according to the best available data

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Getty Millions of people worldwide have had one shot of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines are likely 80% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 after one dose. A single AstraZeneca shot is probably at least 70% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than 179 million Americans and more than 44 million Britons have received their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine.Th...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, India, Israel, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, South Africa, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Evans


Younger kids: To vax or not to vax? That is the question

Come fall, parents of elementary schoolchildren will make a decision that’s weightier than which backpack to buy for the new school year: Deputize Junior as a foot soldier in the war against COVID-19’s spread in the U.S. and get the child vaccinated? Or sit this one out with the knowledge that younger kids are far less likely to get severe illness than their grandparents? Jeremy Haworth, 12, holds on to his mother, Heather Haworth, as he gets his first COVID-19 vaccine at the Providence Edwar...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Education, Children, Cdc, India, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Sudan, Who, World Health Organization, Lausd


The Delta variant may be making COVID-19 more common in kids - but severe infections are still rare

Kindergartner Grace Truax, 5, removes her mask before posing for a portrait during "picture day" at Rogers International School on September 23, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines haven't been authorized for children under age 12 yet. That means kids are at higher risk of contracting Delta, the most transmissible variant to date. But experts are more worried about kids spreading the variant than getting severely ill themselves. See more stories on...
Tags: UK, Science, Kids, News, Children, Scotland, Israel, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Public Health England, Cnbc, Variant


No Strong Evidence Supplements Do Anything for Weight Loss, Large Review Finds

Dietary supplements don’t do much to help people lose weight—that’s the verdict from a large new review published Wednesday. The review found little high-quality evidence from studies trying to test these supplements’ claimed benefits and only inconsistent evidence that some supplements could possibly offer a small…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Obesity, Dietary Supplements, Fish Oil, Weight Loss, Food And Drug Administration, Bariatric Surgery, Multivitamin, Clinical Medicine, Amphetamine, Health Medical Pharma


Bizarre Outbreak of Tuberculosis Linked to Donated Bone Grafts, CDC and FDA Officials Say

A contaminated batch of donated bone tissue is the likely source behind a strange outbreak of tuberculosis, according to federal health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Food and Drug Administration. As many as 113 people who went in for spinal repair surgery are thought to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Surgery, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Tuberculosis, Batch, Lot, Antimicrobial resistance, Aziyo Biologics, Clinical Medicine, Medical Specialties, Health Medical Pharma, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, J I P James


The Delta variant boomed from 10% of all US coronavirus cases to 31% in just 11 days. It's more dangerous than other variants and could imperil the recovery.

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images The Financial Times estimates the Delta variant made up a third of US COVID-19 cases as of last week. That would mean the variant's share of infections tripled in just 11 days. The CDC warned last week that the Delta variant could soon become dominant in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. As of June 16, the Delta coronavirus variant made up 31% of all coronavirus cases ...
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The Delta variant appears to have tripled to 31% of all US coronavirus cases in just 11 days. It's more dangerous than other variants and could imperil the country's recovery.

A medical assistant administers a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Los Angeles. Mario Tama/Getty Images The Financial Times estimates the Delta variant made up a third of US COVID-19 cases as of last week. That would mean the variant's share of infections tripled in just 11 days. The CDC warned last week that the Delta variant could soon become dominant in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. As of June 16, the Delta coronavirus variant made up 31% of all coronavirus cases ...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, News UK, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Financial Times, Scott Gottlieb, Mario Tama Getty


The US is scrambling to send promised vaccines abroad after the production plant that ruined millions of J&J vaccines may have tainted AstraZeneca shots

A person receives the AstraZeneca vaccine in Bologna, Italy on March 19, 2021. Michele Lapini/Getty Images Emergent BioSolutions in Baltimore ruined at least 15 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines earlier this year. 100 million AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the facility are under safety review. The US is scrambling to send vaccines from other manufacturers abroad, The New York Times reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US is working to replace ...
Tags: Science, US, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Baltimore, Johnson Johnson, Bologna Italy, Moderna, Coronavirus, Sarah Al Arshani


One year or 5? Doctors and drug companies increasingly disagree about when we'll need COVID-19 booster shots

Marianne Ayala/Insider Booster shots may not be medically necessary for another one to five years, disease experts wager. But pharmaceutical companies are prepping to distribute boosters to the US before the end of 2021. In either case, boosters probably won't require the same urgency as initial vaccines do. See more stories on Insider's business page. The next vaccine race is underway - this time for booster shots.Leading vaccine developers, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, UPS, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Philadelphia, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cornell University


Johnson & Johnson has to throw away 60 million vaccine doses because of possible contamination at the beleaguered Emergent BioSolutions plant

Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration has told Johnson & Johnson to throw out about 60 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from a beleaguered plant, people familiar with the situation told The New York Times.The vaccine doses were made at a factory for Emergent BioSolutions, a biotech firm that's known for producing anthrax vaccines.The factory has been closed for two months because of regulatory concerns after Emergent BioSolutions discovered that workers had acciden...
Tags: Science, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, The New York Times, Vaccine, Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid-19 Vaccine, Michael Ciaglo Getty, Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Speed desk


A third member of a prestigious FDA panel has resigned over the approval of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug

Atthapon Raksthaput/Shutterstock A third member of an FDA expert panel has resigned over the agency's accelerated approval of a new Alzheimer's drug. The committee voted against approving the treatment. The FDA isn't required to follow the panel's recommendation but usually does. Aduhelm failed one of its late-stage clinical trials and didn't produce conclusive results in another trial. See more stories on Insider's business page. A third member of a Food and Drug...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Alzheimer's, Fda, Mayo Clinic, Cnbc, Harvard Medical School, Biogen, Washington University in St Louis, Aaron Kesselheim, Knopman, Kesselheim


COVID-19 vaccines could be available for kids as young as 6 months old starting this fall

Dado Ruvic/Reuters Pfizer and Moderna said they could have COVID-19 vaccines for kids as young as 6 months by the fall. Pfizer told The New York Times it would start testing its vaccine in infants in the next few weeks. See more stories on Insider's business page. COVID-19 vaccines could be available for children as young as 6 months in the US by the fall, Pfizer and Moderna told The New York Times on Tuesday.Pfizer announced on Tuesday that it was testing its COVID-19 vaccine in 5- t...
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The FDA Just Approved a Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the drug aducanumab as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the first ever intended to slow the progression of the incurable dementia. The go-ahead marks a rare case in which the FDA went against the recommendations of the outside panel it solicited for advice, who…Read more...
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The FDA just approved the first new Alzheimer's drug in 18 years

Dr. William Burke going over a PET brain scan at Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix. Biogen's drug was tested against carriers of the APOE gene, which is linked to Alzheimer's, and non-carriers. Matt York/Associated Press The FDA on Monday approved the first new Alzheimer's disease treatment in nearly two decades. Biogen had initially deemed the drug a failure and shut down two late-stage trials. Experts were divided on the drug. One analyst had estimated a 15% chance ...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Alzheimer's Disease, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotech, Agency, Citi, Alzheimer, William Burke, RBC Capital Markets, Biogen, Eli Lilly, Namenda


FDA Approves 'Game Changer' Weight Loss Drug, Likely First in a New Era of Obesity Treatment

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new injectable medication for treating obesity—one shown to help people lose a significant amount of weight in clinical trials when taken regularly. The drug, called Wegovy, may just signal a new era in obesity treatment.Read more...
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Why Scientists Are Worried About a New Alzheimer's Drug Up for FDA Approval

The fate of an experimental dementia drug will be decided within days. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration is set to announce whether it will approve Biogen’s antibody-based therapy aducanumab as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease—the first intended to slow down the progression of the incurable ailment. But…Read more...
Tags: Science, Food And Drug Administration, Life Sciences, Biogen, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Aducanumab, Alzheimers Disease, Health Sciences, Monoclonal Antibodies, Amyloid Beta, Cognitive Disorders, Amyloidosis, Branches Of Biology, Health Medical Pharma, Psychiatric Diagnosis, Neurimmune


People who've had COVID-19 vaccines should get a state-issued 'driver's license' to party, top bioethicist says

COVID-19 vaccine cards from the CDC are bulky, and subject to fraud. Maybe the DMV should be in charge? Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images, Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images, Hilary Brueck/Insider The CDC's COVID-19 vaccine cards are subject to fraud, and too big to carry around. A top bioethicist says we should get DMV-style licenses for vaccination, with a QR code. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dr. Ezekiel E...
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Coronavirus vaccines may be slightly less effective for women than men, emerging research suggests

A physician administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images Clinical trials suggest that coronavirus vaccines are slightly less effective among women than men. A new CDC report also found that women represent most breakthrough infections. Scientists are exploring why women may respond differently to these shots. See more stories on Insider's business page. Anna Kern, a 33-year-old nurse practitioner in Ferndale, Michigan, didn't expect to ge...
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Testing Lab Asks FDA to Recall 78 Sunscreens Over Carcinogen Contamination

A testing lab company called Valisure is sounding the alarm over a carcinogen that it has detected in common sun care products. This week, the lab sent off a petition to the Food and Drug Administration warning that it’s found potentially unsafe levels of a chemical called benzene in dozens of sunscreens and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Chemistry, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sunscreen, Sunburn, Benzene, Ranitidine, Health Medical Pharma, Chemical Substances, Chemical Compounds, Hepatotoxins, Christopher Bunick, Ranitidine Drugs, Annulenes, Soil Contamination


A lab leak in Wuhan versus a natural hop from bats: The evidence for each theory of the coronavirus' origin

Guards stand outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 3, 2021. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty The idea that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab has not been disproved, though a WHO report said it's extremely unlikely. The virus probably jumped to people from animals. Here's a breakdown of the evidence in favor of a lab leak and a natural spillover from animals. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's the theory that refuses to die: Might the coronavir...
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A lab leak in Wuhan versus a natural hop from bats: Evidence for each theory of the coronavirus pandemic's origin

Guards stand outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 3, 2021. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty The idea that the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab has not been disproved, though a WHO report said it's extremely unlikely. The virus probably jumped to people from animals. Here's a breakdown of the evidence in favor of a lab leak and a natural spillover from animals. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's the theory that refuses to die: Might the coronavir...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, News, Senate, China, Southeast Asia, US, Trends, Cnn, Beijing, Switzerland, Food And Drug Administration, Who, World Health Organization, Npr


Study affirms that vaccines are safe for children and adults

A new study looking across a large body of research finds further evidence for the safety of vaccines that are Food and Drug Administration-approved and routinely recommended for children, adults and pregnant women. The meta-analysis does not address the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, but summarizes the results of 338 studies of other vaccines commonly given across the lifespan.
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