A highly mutated COVID variant called BA.2.86 has now been detected in Switzerland and South Africa in addition to Israel, Denmark, the U.S. and the U.K., according to a leading World Health Organization official.


Health insurer Cigna Group said on Thursday it would remove the use of prior authorization or paperwork required to get approval for insurance coverage for 25% of medical services.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected James “Jim” Jones, a 30-year veteran of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to direct its food division as part of a broader reorganization, the agency said on Wednesday.

Every country in the world will see rates of diabetes rise in the next 30 years without action, according to a new global study.

A thyroid cancer safety signal was raised by the EU’s drugs watchdog last month over several Novo Nordisk (NOVOb.CO) products including semaglutide, which is used in popular diabetes and obesity medicines Ozempic and Wegovy.

A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday recommended that new vaccines from Pfizer and GSK to prevent severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections be available to older adults in the U.S. but stopped short of saying all of them should get the shots.

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An Indian maker of a paracetamol syrup that Nigerian authorities have found toxic told Reuters on Tuesday that tests by a private Indian laboratory found them of “standard quality”, as Indian authorities launch their own investigation.

The Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium, managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, aims to accelerate the development process for gene therapies targeting rare diseases—conditions for which there are currently few therapeutic options. The public-private partnership selected the first eight rare diseases in May for its clinical trials program.

Former prime minister David Cameron told an inquiry on Monday that Britain was prepared for a flu-type pandemic but not enough work was done in advance to confront an asymptomatic disease similar to COVID-19.

There is an ongoing global threat posed by toxic cough syrups, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters, saying it was now working with six more countries than previously revealed to track the potentially deadly children’s medicines.