Sam Wood is a health and science writer.

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Bala Cynwyd biotech raises $25.8 million for rare mitochondrial therapy, hoping to be the sector’s next shooting star

Chondrial is targeting Freidreich’s Ataxia (FA), a genetic disorder that affects one in 50,000 people in the United States.

Merck to acquire Dallas-based biotech Peloton Therapeutics in $2.2 billion deal

Peloton is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on experimental cancer drugs.

Two in South Jersey charged after video shows man urinating on boy’s memorial

The memorial, in a Mays Landing park, is for Christian Clopp, a boy who died in 2012 at the age of nine after fighting brain cancer.

Roman Catholic church in Swarthmore vandalized with pro-choice slogan

Police in Delaware County are investigating.

4 archdiocese parishes in lower Northeast Philadelphia to merge effective July 1

Saint Adalbert Parish, Saint George Parish, and Mother of Divine Grace Parish will merge with Port Richmond's Nativity B.V.M. Parish.

Philadelphia jury orders J&J to pay $80 million to Media woman injured by vaginal mesh

The verdict is the second in less than a month to award tens of millions in damages to women injured by pelvic mesh.

Philly jury awards $2.5 million for union carpenter who broke his tailbone after scaffold collapse

Michael Sullivan, 40, broke his tailbone and seriously injured his back when a pin slipped from a scaffold.

DuPont expands paid parental leave to adoptive and same-sex parents

Paid parental leave is good for the parents, the children, and the companies that promote it, according to the Society for Human Resource Management

J&J’s new esketamine drug for depression, Spravato, not worth the money or the risk, watchdog says

The nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression was called overpriced. ICER also found an absence of long-term safety data.

Global helium shortage cited by Party City as it closes 45 stores; high-tech industries could be hit soon

A shortage of the inert gas is blamed for closing 45 stores this year. When the Wyoming helium plant goes offline this summer, high-tech could be hit hard.