The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to a treatment for patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). This is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated.
Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is indicated for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with unresectable or metastatic solid tumors that have been identified as having a biomarker referred to as microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or mismatch repair deficient (dMMR).
Memorial Day: National Moment of Remembrance
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
Memorial Day History
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans -- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) -- established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
Report: Trump Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate DealU.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, the Axios news website reported Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.
On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would decide whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
US Senate Panel Advances Measure on Russian Propaganda, Election MeddlingA key U.S. Senate committee has moved forward on new legislation aimed at countering Russian propaganda and election meddling in the United States and elsewhere.
The bill, passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, is one of several Russia-targeted measures now circulating in Congress, reflecting the general attitude among many U.S. lawmakers toward Moscow.
President Donald Trump's administration has sent mixed signals about its approach to the Kremlin.
Study: Too Little Sleep Doubles Mortality in Those With Heart, Diabetes Risks
People with a common cluster of symptoms that puts them at increased risk of heart disease and diabetes are two times as likely to die as people without those risk factors if they get less than six hours of sleep per night.
That was the finding of a new study conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
So-called metabolic syndrome is marked by elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and excess fat around the waistline.
From Bitcoin to Big Business, Blockchain Technology Goes Mainstream
The technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is being looked at by more conventional companies and businesses.
Known as blockchain, it is a public digital ledger that keeps a running tally of all cryptocurrency transactions within a distributed network of computers. Once they are recorded, transactions cannot be edited or removed, thus adding to the "chain."
"It's kind of like if you share an Excel file with a group of your employees at the office, but you don't know exactly who updated it," explained Hudson Jameson, chief operating officer and blockchain lead at Oaken Innovations.
US Splits With G-7 Counterparts on Climate Change
In an unprecedented move, a Group of Seven summit communique has carved out a unique place for the United States to break with its counterparts on a major issue.
In a pared-down final communique, all G-7 nations, except the United States, pledged action to mitigate climate change.
"The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics," the communique read.