BioSpace reviews some of the more interesting scientific studies recently published.

A Paris-based prosecutor initiated an investigation into Sanofi over the company’s drug Depakine, which is on the market for epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

Prior infection with dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that infects nearly 400 million people a year, could reduce the risk of contracting Zika nearly by half, U.S. and Brazilian researchers reported.

The EMA’s risk assessment committee recommended restrictions on the use of the broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical moved ahead in the race to develop a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, with the start of a clinical trial program backed by the U.S. government.

Pfizer defeated an effort to revive 300+ lawsuits alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft causes cardiac birth defects in children when taken by women during early pregnancy.

A report shows the kind of damage Zika infections can do to the developing brain – damage that goes well beyond that caused by the devastating birth defect microcephaly.

Zafgen Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was putting a late-stage study testing its experimental obesity drug on complete hold after a second patient died during the trial. The company’s shares fell 7.4 percent to $5.81 in extended trading after closing down 60 percent on Wednesday. A complete clinical hold is an order […]

A sweeping government study of thousands of women has found links between the older antidepressants Prozac and Paxil and birth defects, but has cleared other popular treatments in the class, including Celexa, Lexapro and Pfizer’s Zoloft, which is the subject of a major lawsuit over birth defect claims. Earlier studies had raised questions about antidepressants […]