23andMe has signed a $300M deal with GlaxoSmithKline
By Erin Brodwin | Jul 25, 2018
Popular spit-in-a-tube genetics-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe can - and frequently do - sell your data to drugmakers.
Cancer Progress: Much More Than You Wanted to Know
By Scott Alexander | Aug 1, 2018
Official statistics say we are winning the War on Cancer. Cancer incidence rates, mortality rates, and five-year-survival rates have generally been moving in the right direction over the past few decades.
As tech companies move into health care, here's what to watch in 2019
By Angela Chen | Jan 3, 2019
From Amazon and Apple opening clinics to Uber launching a medical transit program, technology giants spent 2018 moving into the health care space.
Hospital prices are about to go public
By Kaitlin Schroeder | Dec 26, 2018
Prices hospitals charge for their services will all go online Jan. 1 under a new federal requirement, but patient advocates say the realities of medical-industry pricing will make it difficult for consumers to get much out of the new data.
A New Disease is Testing Us for the Next Global Epidemic
By Maryn Mckenna | Dec 18, 2018
Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a neurologic illness of sudden onset in children.
Can we predict flu outbreaks through search-engine queries?
By Jessica Wapner | Dec 17, 2018
Influenza viruses kill up to 646,000 people worldwide every year. You might not think of internet oversharing as a lifesaving habit, but maybe it is.
This Killer Opioid Could Become a Weapon of Mass Destruction
By Anna Edney | Dec 12, 2018
Fentanyl is so potent that a few milligrams can be fatal. Could it be used to attack the U.S.?
After last week's shock, scientists scramble to prevent more gene-edited babies
By Jon Cohen | Dec 04, 2018
Few seemed more surprised by the tide of outrage unleashed by the claim that the first gene-edited babies had been created with the revolutionary lab tool called CRISPR than He Jiankui, the scientist responsible.
Chinese Scientist Claims He's Created World's First Gene-Edited Babies
By Roni Dengler | Nov 26, 2018
A Chinese researcher says he used the gene editing technology CRISPR to alter the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month when the babies were embryos.
You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True
By Marshall Allen | Nov 21, 2018
Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night's rest.