US moves to block Purdue Pharma opioid settlement

The US Justice Department has challenged a plan that would dissolve Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the OxyContin drug that has been blamed for the country's opioid crisis, while shielding its founders from lawsuits.


UK probes mega AstraZeneca deal for US biotech firm

Britain's competition watchdog on Tuesday said it was investigating the planned purchase of US biotech company Alexion by COVID vaccine-maker AstraZeneca in a deal worth $39 billion.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Iran sees highest daily death toll in months as virus surges

Iran's daily coronavirus death toll climbed over 400 for the first time in months on Sunday, as the country, which has long had the region's largest outbreak, battles a post-holiday infection surge.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Laughter isn't always the best medicine for work stress

Humor helps us deal with the stress of juggling work and family commitments, but only when we seek it out, according to a new study led by The Australian National University (ANU).


EU buys up to 300 million more Moderna jabs

The European Union has bought up to 300 million extra COVID-19 vaccine doses from US firm Moderna, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

EU doubles BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine order to 600 mn jabs

The EU has struck a deal to double its supply of the BioNTech/Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to 600 million doses, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

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