DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has an AI that screens retinal scans for conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Photograph: iStock
Ten developments to watch out for

There are so many interesting and exciting digital and technology developments happening in the life sciences sector right now. We take a closer look(...)

Doctors and patients require access to up-to-date databases on individual devices so that they can form a reliable opinion as to the risks and benefits of choosing a particular implant

Medical implants are a €352bn global industry. Products have revolutionised medical care and changed hundreds of thousands of people’s lives for the b(...)

Sodium valproate is manufactured by Sanofi and marketed in Ireland under the brand name Epilim. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Concerns over the dispensing of an anticonvulsant drug known to cause birth defects has prompted a State regulator to write to all pharmacists over th(...)

Jazz Pharmaceuticals chief executive Bruce Cozadd: “We fully intend to have strong acquisitions going forward.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-headquartered Jazz Pharmaceuticals intends to increase its headcount in Ireland by 10 per cent as it brings to market new drugs to deal with na(...)

‘No treatment exists for HPV infection; therefore the real prospect of its eradication by immunisation offers a significant health gain.’ Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection represents an increasing health burden. Some 540 cases of cancer associated with HPV infection are diagnosed eve(...)

Chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier: has gently demolished Theresa May’s Chequers proposal. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

One of the most tumultuous fortnights in recent British political history ended on Friday with Theresa May doubling down on her opposition to the EU’s(...)

Restriction of processed carbohydrates – especially the white and beige ones – are a good idea for many overweight people

The recent results from the TAILORx study (a major study published by The New England Journal of Medicine and presented at a meeting of the American S(...)

Prime minister Theresa May spent much of Tuesday meeting representatives from Conservative associations to brief them on her plans. Photograph: PA Wire

Theresa May has escaped defeat by just six votes on an amendment that would have kept Britain in a customs union with the European Union in the absenc(...)

The revelation that the valsartan problem likely dates back to changes in manufacturing processes at Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical six years ago suggests many patients could potentially have been exposed to cancer risk.

A common blood pressure and heart drug manufactured in bulk by a Chinese company and sold worldwide may have contained an impurity linked to cancer si(...)

Pharma

Up to 25,000 additional pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs could be created in Europe by 2025 with the Republic of Ireland in a strong position to gain(...)

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