WSJ News Exclusive | Merck Explores Purchase of Biotech Seagen

Merck MRK -0.32% & Co. is eyeing a purchase of biotech Seagen Inc., SGEN 12.72% according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would beef up the pharmaceutical giant’s cancer-drug portfolio. Talks have been under way for a while, and a deal isn’t imminent, the people said, cautioning that pulling one off could … Read more

FDA Authorizes First Covid-19 Vaccines for Young Children

Some 1½ years after first authorizing the shots for people of older ages, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded use of the vaccines to the nearly 20 million children in the U.S. from 6 months to under 5 years. A national campaign to vaccinate the young children is expected to kick off as … Read more

WTO Nations Agree to Ease Patent Rights to Boost Covid-19 Vaccine Supplies in Poorer Nations

GENEVA—The member countries of the World Trade Organization agreed Friday on a narrow measure aimed at boosting the supplies of Covid-19 vaccines in developing countries, wrapping up a bitter fight over corporate patent rights governing critical medical products during a pandemic. The compromise measure on intellectual property rights will make it easier for companies in … Read more

Health Tech Trends To Watch Out For – ET HealthWorld

by Varun Dhawan With the launch and resounding success of the Digital India plan by the government, our country is consistently moving towards digital empowerment in all aspects of life. Healthcare is no stranger to the favorable outcomes this movement is bringing. With numerous supportive policies and plans to fortify the digital healthcare market, reports … Read more

FDA Advisers Review Pfizer, Moderna Covid-19 Vaccines in Young Children

A positive recommendation would likely lead soon to expanding the U.S. Covid-19 vaccination campaign to the 19.6 million children ranging in age from 6 months to under 5 years old, one of the last groups of people in the U.S. waiting for shots. Moderna’s two-dose vaccine is up for the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization … Read more

GOQii forays into Caribbean region with its Health Metaverse – ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: GOQii announced an investment of $10 million with Modality Partnership in the UK. This leads to extension of engagement with the Commonwealth Moves initiative to encourage healthy lifestyle and behaviour among the youth. With this new venture, GOQii will be looking for opportunities of investment in the Caribbean region to enable local communities make … Read more

FDA Should Authorize Moderna’s Vaccine for Ages 6 to 17, Advisers Say

A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended the agency expand use of Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine to children ages 6 through 17. The advisory committee voted 22-0 on Tuesday that the benefits of vaccinating children in this age group outweigh the risks. The FDA will consider the vote in making a … Read more

Using Mental Health Team, Not Cops, on 911 Calls Lowers Crime

June 14 – Pairing a mental health expert with a paramedic to respond to low-level, nonviolent 911 calls decreased the number of criminal offenses in downtown Denver, a new study reveals. These non-police response teams were trained to address problems related to mental health, depression, poverty, homelessness, and/or substance abuse. During 6 months in 2020, … Read more

Many Americans Have Knowledge Gaps About Their Own Health: Survey

June 13, 2022 — Only about a third of the adults who responded to a recent WebMD survey said that they know a lot about their family’s health history, while more than a quarter admitted to knowing little or none of it. Slightly more respondents (37%) said that they know some of their family history … Read more