What if AI in health care is the next asbestos?

“I think of machine learning kind of as asbestos,” one speaker said, explaining that AI in medicine could turn out to be as harmful as it is promising. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 18 hours ago

Pharma companies sue over admin policy to require drug prices in TV ads

Amgen, Merck, Eli Lilly, and the Association of National Advertisers sued the Trump administration over a new policy to require drug prices in TV ads. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 days ago

First U.S. use of CRISPR to directly target cancer seeks approval

If approved, the first U.S. clinical trial testing CRISPR against cancer by altering tumor DNA in patients could begin recruiting participants next year. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 days ago

How will we pay for the coming curative gene therapies?

The tragedy would be if the benefits of innovation were denied because of an inability to afford the innovation. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 days ago

Origami Robot- Swallow to patch wounds/ deliver medicine/dislodge foreign object

A tiny ingestible robot could someday unfold in the stomach to patch wounds, deliver medicine, or dislodge a foreign object. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 days ago

At $2.1M, approved Novartis gene therapy will be world’s most expensive drug

Known as Zolgensma, the gene therapy treats children under two years of age with spinal muscular atrophy, an inherited neuromuscular disease. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 26 days ago

Google’s AI improves accuracy of lung cancer diagnosis, study shows

The results underscore AI’s potential to improve lung cancer screening and help radiologists diagnose malignancies earlier and with greater accuracy. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 28 days ago

MIT professor is accused of claiming others’ scientific discoveries as his own

Researchers have cast doubts on the integrity of work by professor Ram Sasisekharan, whose computational approach has been used to develop new treatments. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 29 days ago

Judge rules parents of deceased West Point cadet can decide to use his sperm

The case revived discussion around post-mortem sperm retrieval, which is typically done when a young man dies unexpectedly. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

As CBD gains popularity, Washington struggles to keep up

The FDA has different rules for regulating medicines and dietary supplements like vitamins — and it isn’t clear yet which category CBD falls into. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

Genetically engineered viruses and a rotten eggplant prolonged a teenager’s life

While phage experts were excited by the work, clinicians wonder to what extent it can be scaled up to combat the global crisis of antibiotic resistance. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate as violence rises

Ongoing violence aimed at the Ebola response workers is undermining efforts to stop spread of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

UBiome co-founders are placed on leave amid FBI investigation into company

The company, which had come under scrutiny for its billing practices, said it would launch an independent investigation of its own. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

Former Theranos scientist: Elizabeth Holmes should come forward and apologize

Erika Cheung joined Theranos fresh out of college as a “starry-eyed’’ 22-year-old chemist and biologist. Seven months later, she blew the whistle. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

What using animals for scientific research taught me about myself – STAT

In the lab, life and death were demythologized. Instead of some immense, cosmic force, they shrank into something that could be contained and studied. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

Can virtual reality boost positive feelings in patients with depression?

Existing depression treatments aim to curb negative symptoms, but don’t often boost positive feelings. One researcher hopes virtual reality can change that. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

Pivotal test of malaria vaccine is set to begin. Can it live up to its promise?

Global health leaders believe the vaccine could eventually lead to big reductions in the number of cases and deaths worldwide. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 1 month ago

IBM halting sales of Watson AI tool for drug discovery

The decision to shut down sales of Watson for Drug Discovery marks another setback in the company’s effort to apply AI to various areas of health care. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

An obscure Indian journal with an impressive and growing international stature

A small Indian journal, IJME, has an impressive list of staff and contributors and has been earning plaudits from the science community lately. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

FDA developing new rules for artificial intelligence in medicine

These machine-learning systems present a particularly thorny problem for the FDA, because it's essentially trying to hit a moving target in regulating them. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

Biogen's New Beta Amyloid Targeting Alzheimer's Drug Halted

Biogen and its partner, Eisai, said an analysis concluded that aducanumab was unlikely to benefit Alzheimer’s patients compared to placebo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

The modern tragedy of fake cancer cures

An underreported story about a half-baked advance caught fire and scorched its way through social media, onto TV, and into the minds of millions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

After ghoulish allegations, a brain-preservation company seeks redemption

Robert McIntyre and Nectome are determined to claw their way out of scientific purgatory and show they can preserve brains and perhaps memories. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

A spot of good news in Ebola crisis: Vaccine supplies are expected to last

The WHO predicts there are adequate supplies of an experimental Ebola vaccine to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Celgene, sold for $74B, leaves a legacy of chutzpah in science and drug pricing

Want to know why an industry that views itself as lifesaving and heroic is viewed by much of the public as price gouging and venal? Look here. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Scientists discover hidden blood networks that cross through bone

In something like a microscopic prison break, blood cells slip unseen from the enclosed depths of the bone marrow into the general circulation. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Stunning images of a fly’s brain via new microscopy technique

The research could allow scientists to create more precise maps of the brain and find clues to the causes of brain diseases. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

New microscopy technique captures stunning images of a fly’s brain

The research could allow scientists to create more precise maps of the brain and find clues to the causes of brain diseases. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

Lab strips James Watson of final honorary roles after racist statements

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has stripped the Nobel laureate of his last remaining honorary positions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

Lab strips James Watson of final roles after continuing racist remarks

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has stripped the Nobel laureate of his last remaining honorary positions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

Cancer startup Loxo, founded in 2014, acquired for $8B

The pharmaceutical giant will purchase Loxo Oncology, a tiny startup, for $8 billion in cash to gain access to the company’s cancer medicines. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

A shot-in-the-dark email leads to hope of cracking a deadly flu’s secret

A university professor has some theories, and now has in his possession human tissue handed down through the generations to try to test them. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

NIH report scrutinizes role of China in theft of U.S. scientific research

“It’s not just random here or there,” said M. Roy Wilson, co-chair of the advisory committee to the NIH director that wrote the report. “It is significant.” | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

Solving the fake news problem in science

The number of times a scientific paper is cited is a poor proxy of quality, and can lead to fake news. We need a better way to evaluate research quality. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

Pharma Valley, China’s equivalent of Kendall Square, is expanding rapidly

Shanghai's Pharma Valley lags Kendall Square in capital, entrepreneurial talent, and scientific firepower, but its biotech ecosystem is growing rapidly. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

Claim of CRISPR’d baby girls stuns genome editing summit

A researcher's claim that he used genome editing to alter DNA of human embryos, resulting in the birth a few weeks ago of twin girls, stunned scientists. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

FDA promised a ‘lower-cost option’ to EpiPen, but the price isn’t any lower

The Teva pricing appears to undercut a notion promoted by FDA officials that approving more generics can help relieve pocketbook pressure on Americans. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

Despite concerns, FDA approves new opioid 10x more powerful than Fentanyl

The medicine has “unique features” that make it well-suited for the military, a point that factored heavily into the approval. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

FDA clears the first consumer genetic test for how well your medications may work — with caveats

The genetic test is the first of its kind authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for direct-to-consumer marketing. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

In the fierce competition for science funding, even a typeface glitch is fatal

An inadvertant typographical glitch, generated by a computer, sank a VA physician's funding request for a project seeking to help vets with PTSD. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Font despair: In fierce competition for science funding, typeface glitch fatal

An inadvertant typographical glitch, generated by a computer, sank a VA physician's funding request for a project seeking to help vets with PTSD. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Turning the tables, people with mental illness share what they want scientists to study

The new survey is part of a growing trend in the mental health field to listen to people and find out what they want scientists to study. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Overdose deaths have fallen for six months

Public health experts say they see reason to be optimistic but warned against drawing firm conclusions based on a half-year’s worth of data. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Harvard calls for more than 30 retractions of cardiac stem cell research

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have recommended that 31 papers from a former lab director be retracted from medical journals. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

Turmoil over expulsion of member from leading evidence-based medicine group

One of the medical world’s most respected expert bodies is in turmoil as its annual meeting gets underway after its governing board voted to expel a member. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

NIH to update online explanation of cancer risk from drinking

In response to criticism that it soft-pedaled the cancer risk from alcohol, the NIH alcoholism institute changed the wording on its website. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago

Researchers to release first-ever genetically engineered mosquitoes in Africa

Burkina Faso granted scientists permission to release genetically engineered mosquitoes as soon as this month — a key step in efforts to eliminate malaria. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago

Here’s the data behind the new Apple Watch EKG app

When the new app can get a reading, it can accurately detect atrial fibrillation 99 percent of the time, according to data Apple submitted to FDA. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago