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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(...)

An employee checks the vaccination record of a customer at a 24-hour gym in San Francisco. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

US president Joe Biden urged employers to require workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after the Food and Drug Administration granted full appro(...)

Judy Dodd, an actor, director and teacher in New York, noticed a marked  improvement in her long-Covid symptoms four days after receiving her second vaccine dose. Photograph: Nancy Borowick/The New York Times

Judy Dodd began struggling with symptoms of long Covid last spring: shortness of breath, headaches, exhaustion. Then she got the vaccine. After her f(...)

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(...)

Attendees wait to ask a question of a Google Assistant at a giant “Hey Google” gumball machine game at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Robyn Beck / AFP

Politicians and privacy campaigners have called for Google’s $2.1bn deal for Fitbit to be blocked, over fears the search giant will feed its growing h(...)

Twin peaks: initial study results, presented recently at an American Society for Nutrition conference, have documented variations in how participants processed fats and carbohydrates, even among identical twins

A decade ago, spurred by the success of the Human Genome Project and the affordability of genetic sequencing, scientists began to explore the promise (...)

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(...)

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in an attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease. (...)

A wearable sensor patch made by Proteus Digital Health is part of the Abilify digital pill study. Photograph: Proteus Digital Health

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, (...)

How would you like if your medical consultations were conducted by a robot? Probably one with a smiling face, programmed to be appropriately empatheti(...)