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Merck said on Friday it had stopped the phase 3 clinical trial early after an interim analysis showed that 7.3 per cent of patients on the drug had died or been hospitalised, versus 14.1 per cent of those receiving a placebo. Photograph: Handout/Merck & Co Inc/AFP via Getty

Merck said it would ask US regulators to authorise the first antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 after a late-stage clinical trial showed the drug cut th(...)

This prolonged heart rate elevation may be a sign that Covid-19 disrupts the autonomic nervous system, which regulates basic physiological processes. Photograph: iStock

Last spring, when US Covid-19 cases were soaring and tests were in short supply, some scientists wondered whether a new approach to disease surveillan(...)

A laboratory technician handles vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the production and supply of the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, conducted on a high-performance aseptic vial filling line on September 11th, 2020 at the Italian biologics manufacturing facility of multinational corporation Catalent in Anagni, southeast of Rome. Photograph: Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

The morning after the world learned that a closely watched clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine – being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford Univers(...)

 Seven US Marines and a navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the southern California coast during a training mission, US Marine Corps officials said. Photograph: Patrick Crosley/US Navy/AFP via Getty Images

Seven US Marines and a navy sailor were missing on Friday, a day after their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the southern California coast during (...)

There is now cautious optimism that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready sometime next year. Photograph: iStock

In a medical research project nearly unrivalled in its ambition and scope, volunteers worldwide are rolling up their sleeves to receive experimental v(...)

The target proteins for a coronavirus vaccine are  the spikes that give the virus its crown-like appearance, hence the name coronavirus. Photograph:  Getty Images

A vaccine for Covid-19 is soon to be injected into healthy volunteers in Seattle, US. The National Institutes of Health in the US will run these tests(...)

The Amery ice shelf has an estimated floating ice area of 60,000 sq km and water penetrates over 550km underneath it. File photograph: Chris Larsen/AFP

A gigantic iceberg almost twice the size of Co Dublin has calved from the Amery ice shelf in east Antarctica, according to expert monitors. The tabul(...)

There are potential hazards. A radiologist who misreads a scan may harm one patient, but a flawed AI system in widespread use could injure many. Photograph: Getty

Computers were as good or better than doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans, a study by researchers from Google and several medical centr(...)

Virginia governor elect Ralph Northam (centre) celebrates with state Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (left) and attorney general Mark Herring at his election night rally in 2017. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters

Virginia’s politics has been plunged into disarray after a third member of the Democratic state leadership became embroiled in a deepening set of scan(...)

Permanent TSB lost 2.4%  to €2.05 as the bank succumbed to further negative media commentary

Weakness among tobacco stocks and some broker downgrades weighed on European shares, sending them lower on the final trading day of July as analysts d(...)

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