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You Shouldn't Freak Out About The Antibiotic Apocalypse

A team of scientists has discovered a gene that renders bacteria resistant to colistin, a so-called last-resort antibiotic doctors use when other drugs have failed. This is very bad news, and yes, it could usher in a post-antibiotic era — if we let it. But here’s why you shouldn’t panic just yet, and what you can do that would be far more productive.

How A Bad Hangover Helped Discover Ibuprofen

Back in the early 1960s, Dr Stewart Adams had a bad hangover. So he did what many a confident scientist of the time might do: he took a handful of an experimental drug he was working on. It worked — and the compound went on to become known as ibuprofen.

Labs Make New, Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoid Drugs Faster Than We Can Ban Them

XLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death.

For instance, AB-FUBINACA was responsible for a spate of recent poisonings at Wesleyan University. And MAB-CHMINACA was associated with more than 100 hospitalizations in Baton Rouge. Neither of these drugs were known to the scientific community until late last year.

When Are You Going To Get Your Prescription MDMA?

Not long ago, the idea of walking up to a clerk behind a counter and getting a baggie of weed seemed ludicrous. Now, in the US where recreational or medical marijuana is approved and regulated, it’s a routine, mundane part of life, and Australia could be close behind. Are psychedelics next?

Drug Companies May Not Be Able To Justify The Cost Of Medicines

In the US, drug prices for consumers are climbing. The average cost is up 11% from 2013 to 2014 — that’s a lot more than inflation. What’s really behind that sky-high pricetag?

Do You Really Need To Take Painkillers Only After Food? Australia Says No

It’s long been thought that anti-inflammatory painkillers need to be taken at the same time as food to protect the stomach. But an Australian handbook for doctors has recently moved away from this advice.

Federal 'Meth Lab' Was Less Breaking Bad, More Terrible Science Fair Experiment

The news that an explosion at high-tech federal science lab last month might have been caused by meth production quickly precipitated a string of Breaking Bad jokes. But as became clear at a US District Court in Greenbelt on Friday, this particularly meth lab was nowhere near as sophisticated as Walter White’s. It was small, crude, and pretty much destined to self-destruct.

Is Modafinil Safe As A 'Smart Drug'? Over A Decade Of Study Suggests So

Modafinil, along with being a “wakefulness promoter” prescribed to narcoleptics and chronic fatigue sufferers, has found a niche as a smart drug or “nootropic” that anyone can take to boost concentration and focus. While the risks haven’t been studied conclusively, a new paper has made a brave attempt to collate research from the last 14 years to form some sort of conclusion.

Scientists Have Hacked Yeast To Produce Narcotics

Yeast, that magical microorganism that provideth bread and beer, can now make narcotics, too. In a much-anticipated update, a team of scientists from Stanford University has engineered a strain of common brewer’s yeast to turn simple sugars into opioid drugs.

This Patch Delivers Drugs When You Flex Your Skin

Doctors have been trying to find simpler and more convenient ways of giving patients drugs for years. Now a team of researchers at North Carolina State University has just developed a device that’s about as hassle free as can be: It looks like a bandaid, and it releases drugs automatically when the skin flexes and contracts.

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