As the global vaccine race intensifies, scientists warn that the rush to market could advance an inferior vaccine, The Guardian reports.

A Trump administration executive order has blocked the FDA from regulating COVID-19 and certain other lab tests, prompting concern that unreliable coronavirus tests could proliferate and exacerbate the country’s testing crisis, 

Young Americans who vape were up to 7X more likely to receive a COVID-19 diagnosis than non-vapers, according to a national online survey by Stanford researchers.

Researchers in Massachusetts are testing a unique coronavirus vaccine candidate that uses an established type of gene therapy to trigger an immune response that could stave off the virus, The vaccine project is the only one that attempts to use a small dose of a harmless “…

Genomic diagnostic tests—which produce results in hours rather than weeks—offer the first sea change in diagnostic testing since the 19th century Petri dish method.   A clutch of start-ups are hard at work developing their own versions. One touts a “coffee maker-size”…

It is looking like COVID-19 spreads much easier than SARS, will be harder to contain, and cause greater harm, the Los Angeles Times reports

The FDA is approving new drugs faster and with less evidence of their safety and effectiveness, according to a new JAMA study

Since the FDA acknowledged the link between textured breast implants and a rare lymphoma in 2011, hundreds of cases have been diagnosed.   The offending implants have been recalled, but women still must confront a lack of knowledge about this rare cancer and struggle to…

Some people credit the foul-tasting supplement kratom with weaning them off opioids and relieving chronic pain and mood disorders. Kratom is derived from a leaf native to Southeast Asia, used since the 19th century as a mood booster and pain reliever—and its popularity is…

Paul Shuen was one of Toronto’s most lauded ob-gyns. But when nurses started noticing mysterious white pills inside his labor patients, they got suspicious. Without patients’ consent, Shuen had been putting women in “mortal danger” by inducing them with misoprostol, which…