Boston-based Third Rock Ventures announced today it had raised $52 million to launch a company called Decibel Therapeutics to work on hearing loss.   Decibel Therapeutics will be headquartered at 215 First Street in Cambridge, Mass. near Kendall Square. The company has already started to hire, planning on having 50 to 60 scientists working by […]

Women implanted with Bayer AG’s Essure permanent contraception device were more than 10 times more likely to require post-procedure surgery than those who underwent laparoscopic sterilization, a study published on Tuesday found. The findings could cast additional doubt on the safety of the Bayer device, which was approved in 2002 as an alternative to surgical […]

Consumer watchdog Public Citizen said it petitioned U.S. health regulators to withdraw approval of Sanofi SA’s Seprafilm and order a recall, saying the surgical implant has been associated with side effects including death. Seprafilm, developed by Genzyme, is used to reduce abnormal internal scarring following surgery, by separating tissues and organs while they heal. The […]

A skin-darkening drug can help protect against serious pain in people with a rare inherited condition that makes them flee sunlight like movie vampires, according to tests in Europe and the U.S. The condition, known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, causes severe burning skin pain after several minutes of direct sun exposure. The pain can last for […]