A lower supply of a certain type of immune cell in older people that is critical to fighting foreign invaders may help explain their vulnerability to severe Covid-19, scientists say. An antiseptic nasal spray containing povidone-iodine may help curb transmission of the new coronavirus, preliminary research suggests.

New York state filed civil charges accusing Johnson & Johnson of insurance fraud for downplaying the risks of opioid painkillers, including to doctors and elderly patients.

Healthcare providers – including CVS Health Corp. – are kicking off flu vaccinations early, ordering extra shots and aiming to add tests that check for both the annual flu and COVID-19, pharmacy executives and experts told Reuters.

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.

Novoheart and AstraZeneca agreed on a collaboration to develop the world’s first human-specific in vitro, functional model of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), a common condition especially among the elderly and in women.

Cancer drug study patients tend to be younger than most people with the disease in the general population.

Johnson & Johnson’s blockbuster blood cancer drug Darzalex significantly reduced the risk of disease progression or death in patients who have not been previously treated for multiple myeloma, late-stage study data showed.

Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca discontinued late-stage trials testing their Alzheimer’s treatment, the latest among a slew of drugmakers to stop developing treatments for the memory-robbing disease.

The U.S. government’s healthcare program for the elderly will exhaust its reserves for hospital insurance in 2026, three years earlier than the 2017 forecast, the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees said in a report.

Older men may face a premature death if they spend most of the day sitting around, but it does not require a huge amount of exercise to increase their chances of living longer, a study in the UK suggests.