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  • Bank on it? A $60,000 bet on stem-cell cures Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Lab technician at Cellectis

    Using a technology that echoes science fiction, a company is offering people a place to store their stem cells in a bet that they may one day be used to grow replacement organs.

  • Could Street turn on Pfizer, Merck after earnings? Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | 6:49 PM ET

    Both Pfizer and Merck are expected to report double-digit declines in top- and bottom-line growth when they announce earnings Tuesday.

  • US drugmaker Perrigo to buy Ireland's Elan Monday, 29 Jul 2013 | 2:43 AM ET

    U.S. generic drugmaker Perrigo agreed to buy fellow drug company Elan for $8.6 billion on Monday in a deal that will hand it royalty rights from a blockbuster treatment and tax savings from being domiciled in Ireland.

  • David Hilfiker at his home in Washington. Hilfiker, a retired doctor, is now an Alzheimer's patient, navigating the decline of his cognitive health and writing about his experiences in a blog, Watching the Lights Go Out, David Hilfiker: A Memoir from Inside Alzheimer's Disease.

    In a recent report, researchers found that blood pressure medication also functions to provide measurable relief for patients experiencing worsening Alzheimer's symptoms.

  • Up 22% in a day, what do you do with Medidata? Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 4:26 PM ET

    Had you bought this stock last week, you’d be pretty happy right now. How should you play it now?

  • When doctors sell practices, prices go up Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 1:12 PM ET

    Patients whose doctors sell their practices to hospitals could see prices rise, at least in the short term, experts say.

  • Why biotech IPOs are suddenly hot Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 4:55 PM ET

    Biotech IPOs, after doing nothing for years, are suddenly hot. One came roaring out of the starting gate today, and several are pricing tonight.

  • What's more feared than death? Long-term care Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 11:15 AM ET

    More middle-age workers fear the financial consequences of a critical illness than fear dying from that illness, but few are preparing for that possibility, a survey finds.

  • Two doctors' Rx to kill Obamacare: Run for Senate Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 10:24 AM ET
    Capitol Building

    "As a physician, I understand in a real way the damage Obamacare will to do medicine in South Dakota and the entire country," one of the doctors said in announcing her candidacy.

  • Deadly epidemic: Prescription drug overdoses Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 9:30 AM ET

    A growing epidemic of overdoses of prescription painkillers is leading to record numbers of deaths, especially among women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

  • Glaxo CEO 'deeply disappointed' by China scandal Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 7:14 AM ET
    GlaxoSmithKline Shanghai headquarters

    The chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline said the allegations of bribery and corruption in China were "deeply disappointing," as the company reported second-quarter results.

  • FDA: Menthol cigarettes pose public health risk Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 12:12 PM ET

    A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes.

  • White House calls on celebs to pitch Obamacare Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:10 PM ET
    Alicia Keys, pictured here performing in Paris, attended a meeting on Obamacare at the White House.

    White House officials met with a group of Hollywood stars on Monday to talk about how to use pop culture to persuade young Americans to sign up for new medical coverage this fall.

  • Obamacare: A new opportunity for fraud? Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 11:18 AM ET

    In the rush to get the word out about Obamacare and set up state exchanges where insurance may be purchased, there inevitably are opportunities for fraud and abuse, analysts say.

  • Glaxo's China woes may extend to its drug research Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 6:31 AM ET

    Glaxo's problems may go beyond the sales practices that are currently at the center of a bribery and corruption scandal in China. They may extend to its Shanghai research and development center.

  • Doctors still confused, skeptical about Obamacare Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    A poll of doctors finds huge skepticism that Obamacare insurance exchanges will open by fall deadline, and mostly don't know how new health law will affect practices.

  • GlaxoSmithKline expected to talk about China probe Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | 4:17 PM ET
    GlaxoSmithKline Shanghai headquarters

    GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty will detail this week what action the drugmaker is taking in response to allegations of bribery against it in China, sources said.

  • Surgery patients may not get what they paid for Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    A study of hospitals found a big disparity between official charges for hip- and knee-replacement surgeries, and that high-volume facilities are often the best choice.

  • Intuitive Surgical slashes forecast, shares skid Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 6:54 PM ET
    The da Vinci robotic system.

    Intuitive Surgical shares fell more than 11 percent after the company slashed its 2013 sales forecast due to disappointing demand for its da Vinci surgical robots and procedures.

  • President touts Obamacare windfall to middle class Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 1:59 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif.

    President Barack Obama highlighted cost savings delivered by his health-care reform law, arguing that extra dollars in middle-class pockets trumps Republican opponents.

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