Federal workers and contractors rally against the partial federal government shutdown. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Arriving back to Washington DC last weekend, the queues in Dulles Airport were longer than usual. The capital’s main international airport seemed to (...)

Loxo is developing cancer treatments that target a tumors’ genetic markers regardless of where in the body they’re located

US pharma giant Eli Lilly is to buy Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion (€7 billion) in cash, the second multibillion-dollar cancer deal of the year by(...)

Juul vape products at a shop in New Yorke. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times

Cigarette maker Altria on Thursday confirmed a 35 per cent stake in Juul Labs that values the electronic cigarette group at about $38 billion (€33.15 (...)

French regulators have taken textured breast implants made by Irish drug giant Allergan off the market. Photograph: Thomas White / Reuters

Breast implants made by Irish-headquartered Allergan that have been linked to an uncommon form of cancer are being taken off the market in Europe. Th(...)

Ciarán Murray, chairman and former CEO of Icon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Icon may not be a household name in Ireland but it’s a global powerhouse in the pharmaceuticals sector, with operations in 37 countries. And all of it(...)

Alkermes chief executive Richard Pops said he was disappointed by the vote of the FDA advisory panel on its new drug for major depressive disorder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration voted against approving a treatment for depression developed by Irish-based company Alkermes (...)

For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether mobile phones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released the final resul(...)

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE  Friday. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

European stocks failed to stage a recovery on Friday, posting their worst week since a market correction last February as a new sell-off hit bourses a(...)

Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland is “full of the plants that doctors used as medicine prior to the use of chemical drugs”.

Twenty years ago, neuroscientist Elaine Perry began to plant a rather unusual garden. It was a “physic garden”, which, she explains, is a garden that(...)

As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Studying philosophy may be about to pay off. Unlike the more utilitarian subjects like law or engineering, the conceptual world of Kant, Mill, or even(...)

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