They are the miracle pills that shouldn't really do anything. Placebos come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26191713
Mon, Feb 17 2014 12:28
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Wed, Feb 12 2014 10:58
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.
Thu, Jan 16 2014 01:30
Why drugs are expensive: It's the science, stupid.
Tue, Jan 7 2014 04:00
A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia, research suggests. A study in the journal JAMA found people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease on high doses of vitamin E had a slower rate of decline than those given a dummy pill. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25552768
Wed, Jan 1 2014 08:02
Body parts on a chip
It's relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications - even custom cures for one specific person.
Fri, Dec 6 2013 02:39
Cannabis may help to reduce brain damage after a stroke, new research suggests.
Tue, Dec 3 2013 09:39
A new topical gel could relieve the agony of arthritis without the side-effects of painkillers
Tue, Dec 3 2013 09:35
After 85 years, antibiotics are growing impotent. So what will medicine, agriculture and everyday life look like if we lose these drugs entirely?
Thu, Nov 21 2013 08:12
The global pharmaceutical industry has long leaned on blockbuster drugs for common ailments like high cholesterol, arthritis and erectile dysfunction for the bulk of its profits. But the looming expiry of patents in the US on many of these drugs, along with slowing approval rates for new mass market drugs in development, is forcing a shift into obscure diseases that affect the few rather than the many.
Wed, Nov 13 2013 06:04
These days we have access to a huge array of medicines to protect us from pain, disease and death. But, as Michael Mosley has been discovering, the source of many of our more remarkable medicines have been deadly poisons.
Fri, Oct 18 2013 01:11
Drinking eight cups or two litres of water a day is longstanding advice. But is there any scientific basis for it, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken.
Thu, Oct 10 2013 12:50
A personal reflection on pharmacy in Northern Ireland. Click here to read blog post.
Thu, Oct 10 2013 12:34
Electronic cigarettes will not have to be regulated as medicines in the EU following a vote by Members of the European Parliament yesterday (8 October 2013). http://tinyurl.com/ktf4afr
Thu, Oct 10 2013 12:31
The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as the "turning point" in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24462699
Thu, Oct 10 2013 12:24
Changes to the influenza vaccination programme to include children aged two to four years are reflected in this month's online update to the British National Formulary and the BNF for Children. http://www.pjonline.com/news/bnf66_updates_vaccination_and_iv_iron_advice
Tue, Sep 17 2013 10:00
Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, researchers say. The University of California team says it has found the first evidence a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation can have such an effect. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24111357
Tue, Sep 17 2013 09:57
Colgate Is trying to patent caffeinated toothbrushes.
Wed, May 15 2013 03:54
Today we know the molecular cause of 4,000 diseases, but treatments are available for only 250 of them. So what's taking so long? Geneticist and physician Francis Collins explains why systematic drug discovery is imperative, even for rare and complex diseases, and offers a few solutions -- like teaching old drugs new tricks. Francis Collins is the Director of the National Institutes of Health and was a key player in the completion of the Human Genome Project.
Thu, Mar 28 2013 12:11
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications – that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. Watch the TED Talk here.
Thu, Mar 14 2013 12:29