A Holdout on the CVS-Aetna Deal: Brainstorm Health

Good afternoon, readers. The corporate marriage between CVS and Aetna was one of the most significant health care transactions of the past few years. But here’s the thing – it’s not, on the most technical level, done done. Or at the very least, there’s still a notable detractor hanging out there. The retail pharmacy chain […]

Grail Touts Its Blood Test for Detecting Cancer Early: Brainstorm Health

Happy Friday, readers! Another year, another meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO’s yearly event draws more than 30,000 investors, executives, scientists, academics, and patient advocates in the cancer drug development space every year. Simply put, it’s the world’s biggest cancer conference. ASCO 2019 officially took off in Chicago on Friday (this […]

The U.S. EPA Just Gave Bayer a Gift in Its Battle Against Weed Killer Cancer Claims

The embattled management at Bayer just got a handy boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–a draft report that says glyphosate, the active ingredient in its Roundup weedkiller, does not cause cancer. This is no change of stance on the EPA’s part, but the timing of the new report should prove beneficial to Bayer, […]

Rakuten’s CEO Is Developing a Brilliant New Cancer Treatment: Light

Some types of innovation are fueled by curiosity. Others stem from the profit motive. (In many cases, it’s a bit of both). For Rakuten CEO Mickey Mikitani, the quest for groundbreaking science was born of heartbreak. Mikitani’s father’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis (and eventual death) spurred the serial entrepreneur to form a biotechnology outfit centered on […]

As Bayer’s Roundup Cancer Costs Accumulate, Questions Linger About the Wisdom of Its Monsanto Merger

Bayer has to pay out $81 million in damages to a man who claims the Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer, a jury ruled Wednesday. In a similar ruling last year, the sum was $289 million, reduced to $78 million on appeal. Since that first verdict, Bayer’s shares have lost 40% of their value–and there are […]

Put a Cork in It: Drinking a Bottle of Wine Per Week Is as Bad as Smoking 10 Cigarettes, Researchers Say

If you think a glass of wine a few nights a week can’t be that bad for your health, consider that it could be the healthy equivalent of smoking five to 10 cigarettes. That’s according to a new study published in the journal BMC Public Health, in which researchers looked at how one type of […]

AstraZeneca Will Pay Up to $6.9 Billion for Rights to Japanese Drugmaker’s Cancer Drug

AstraZeneca is aiming to expand its presence in the oncology industry with a new drug rights acquisition. The pharmaceutical company said on Thursday that it’s agreed to pay up to $6.9 billion for a cancer drug developed by Japanese drugmaker Daiichi-Sankyo. The sum includes an upfront payment of $1.4 billion and the possibility of paying […]

Soda’s Last Straw? Corn Syrup May Fuel the Growth of Cancerous Tumors, Research Finds

Drinking an excessive amount of soda that contains the sweetener high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with colorectal (or bowel) cancer and obesity. And according to a study published in the journal Science on Friday, corn syrup may make bowel cancer tumors grow more rapidly. The study authors found that mice genetically engineered to develop […]