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Someday We May All Be On Anti-Aging Drugs 

Ampakines are a class of drugs that have been shown to reverse the adverse effects of cognitive disorders in rats. A new study indicates that they might also help rats with ageing, but still healthy, brains. Could the future belong to these kinds of anti-ageing drugs?


You Can Now Buy A Heroin Antidote Over The Counter In Australia

Naloxone, a drug that works as an antidote to heroin and other kinds of opioid overdoses is now available over the counter in Australian pharmacies. It is hoped that by making the drug available outside of emergency departments and ambulances it will be administered quicker, preventing overdoses.


Why Did Facebook Kill The 'Yay' Button?

We have no way of knowing why Facebook rejected the “Yay” button. But it’s kind of funny because “Yay” is slang for cocaine! Realistically, however, the world probably won’t be getting a “Yay” button because joy is confusing.


Lack Of Medication Safety Data Putting Indigenous Australians At Risk

A lack of data on drug safety in Australia’s Indigenous population risks the health of Indigenous people who are on therapeutic drugs from a younger age than the average population, according to experts published in the Medical Journal of Australia.


Scientists Can Now Make THC From Yeast

Yeast is an incredible organism — you can thank it for booze! — and thanks to the marvels of modern genetics, we’ve made it incredibly versatile. Just a month after announcing a method for hacking yeast to produce narcotics, researchers just announced that the creation of yeast that produces THC and cannabidiols.


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?


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