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Alice Zhang, co-founder and CEO of drug discovery company Verge Genomics

Meet the 29-year-old who founded a company that’s using technology to find treatments for diseases thought to be incurable

Verge Genomics is using technology to develop new treatments for diseases though to be incurable such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and ALS.

Doctors are calling out a new drug that helps people with addiction for costing more than $1,700 a week — while a generic costs just $1

Two months after it became the first federally approved drug of its kind to treat addiction, doctors are calling out Lucemyra, a new branded medication to treat opioid withdrawal, for costing $1,737 more per week than a similar generic drug.

The Thai soccer coach taught his team to meditate in the flooded cave — and it may have played a powerful role in keeping them alive

Ekapol Chanthawong, a former Buddhist monk, helped his soccer team survive in the cave in Thailand by encouraging them to meditate. The practice has a host of health benefits and may be uniquely suited to help people cope in periods of heightened stress.

Feeling younger than your age could be a sign your brain is healthy, according to new research

Researchers from Seoul National University in Korea found that elderly people who feel younger than their age had a younger estimated brain age, compared with those who felt their actual age or older.

People can seem more racist as they get older, but it’s not simply a case of ‘being from a different time’

Research has shown there is greater prejudice among older adults. This is often dismissed as older people being 'from a different time.' But it's not the whole story, because certain parts of our brains shrink as we get older, which making us less inhibited.

Brain stimulation could zap out violent and criminal thoughts, according to new research

A lot of how the brain controls our impulses remains a mystery. But there are some areas, such as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which have been linked to antisocial behaviour. Scientists they shown stimulating this area to boost its activity could reduce people's violent tendencies.

A mysterious supplement has a viral following of people who take it for addiction — and researchers say it’s too compelling to ignore

New research and a growing set of anecdotal reports suggest that a drug called kratom — touted for its ability to help with opioid addiction — may not be as universally harmful as some reports made it seem. Kratom could even have benefits, but more research is needed.

A pharma CEO says a new depression drug could have lasting effects after one short course, like antibiotics — here’s what experts think

Sage Therapeutics CEO Jeff Jonas said the new drug could help depressed people feel well "with just a two week course of treatment — similar to how antibiotics are used." No existing drug works that way, and this one hasn't yet been studied beyond a limited time frame when most drugs fail.

There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of

A compound in the plant that’s been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn’t cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for its use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages. It’s also the main ingredient in a drug that just became the first of its kind to win government approval.

Herpes may play a role in developing Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests — reigniting a controversial theory about what causes the disease

One controversial theory for Alzheimer's disease is that it is caused by a virus, or multiple viruses, infecting the brain. A new study rekindles that theory, after finding brains of Alzheimer's patients had higher levels of the herpes virus.