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An experimental vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix -- or RTS,S -- weakens over time and is only about 4 percent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said Wednesday.
 
Bisexual, gay and lesbian adults are more likely to experience psychological distress and engage in unhealthy behaviors, possibly as a result of being the target of discrimination, according to a study published Monday.
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Overdoses don't happen just to heroin addicts -- patients who legally use strong painkillers called opioids are at risk in the nation's epidemic, too. A new study says when patients were prescribed an overdose antidote along with those medications...
 
Lab challenges 'most fun' part of job: Tang laureate
American geneticist Jennifer Doudna, one of this year's three recipients of the Tang Prize in biopharmaceutical science, said the most enjoyable aspect of her work has been tackling the challenges of her laboratory experiments.
 
MIT News reported June 18 that Feng Zhang, a core institute member of the Broad Institute, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, has been named a 2016 Tang Prize Laureate in Biopharmaceutical Science for his role in developing the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system and demonstrating pioneering uses in eukaryotic cells.
 
Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says
Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers -- the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.
 
Samsung in biosimilar drugs race to market
As Samsung Bioepis raced to be first to market with a copy of Enbrel, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, countdown clocks reminded workers -- heading for lunch, meetings or even the washroom -- of the days to the first mass production run.
 
Denmark will next year declassify "being transgender" as a mental illness, lawmakers from the parliament health committee decided on Tuesday.
 
For the first time, a U.S. patient has been infected with bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort treatment, scientists said Thursday.
 
New tests designed to help doctors pick the right hepatitis C medicine for patients could mean faster cures and lower costs.
 
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