After creating PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, billionaire tech titan Elon Musk is onto his next project: Neuralink, a tech venture promising thread-thin brain implants enabling people to control devices with their minds alone. Announcing the project last week, Musk said the…

Living with a chronic inflammation disorder like arthritis is enough to make anyone depressed.   But mental health issues and chronic inflammation—which are rising in tandem—may be more closely related than once thought, emerging research shows. They appear to play off of…

The global AIDS fight is seeing patchy progress, according to a new UNAIDS report calling for more robust leadership as the effort faces a $1 billion funding gap.  

Some parents swear by tapeworm concoctions to ease symptoms of autism. Could “helminth therapies” go mainstream?   While there’s no proof that they work, there have been glowing anecdotal reports. Illegal to distribute in the US, one parent had them shipped from Thailand—…

It’s the year 2040, and medicine isn’t what it used to be. In this imagined scenario:

In 2012, the FDA approved Amyvid dye, the first Alzheimer’s biomarker test. But the dye requires a PET scan and costs thousands of dollars.  Researchers are looking for better biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and improved drug research. The tau protein, for example, is…

About a third of children exposed to the Zika virus in utero suffered from neurological problems, according to follow-up study published yesterday in Nature Medicine.  

After 26 heroin overdoses in a single day, Huntington, West Virginia authorities were desperate for solutions.  They eventually turned to big data. New patient-tracking software streamlined police, medics and mental health providers and identified hot spots in need of…

The Zika virus has fallen off the global radar since Brazil's 2016 outbreak triggered anxiety about the birth defects brought on by Zika-related microcephaly.  

Researchers have observed a “whoppingly strong” correlation between suicide rates and elevation. US counties above 4,000 feet have twice the suicide rate as those at 2,000 feet. The highest rates occur above 9,000 feet. A lack of oxygen can cause hypoxia, which disrupts…