Paraguay's health ministry reported the country's first two cases of microcephaly on Wednesday, associated with the Zika virus that is present in much of South America.
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The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say.
Demand for new medicines helped GlaxoSmithKline grow earnings in the second quarter and the drugmaker is set for big gains in the rest of 2016 thanks to a weak pound, after Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co said on Wednesday John Lechleiter, its chief executive of eight years, would retire by the end of the year and would be succeeded by senior vice president David Ricks on January 1.
GlaxoSmithKline has bought global rights to an experimental drug from Johnson & Johnson for up to 175 million pounds (US$230 million), raising its bet on a new generation of biotech medicines for severe asthma.
Health insurer Anthem Inc on Wednesday said it was committed to its planned acquisition of Cigna Corp and again vowed to fight U.S. government efforts to block the deal, saying the merger will help lower costs for consumers.