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Would You Let This Surgical Snake Robot Crawl Inside You?

The roboticist behind the creepy snake robot is back with another snake robot. Only this time it’s a robot that you’re supposed to willingly let slither into your mouth. (For health reasons.)


How Playing The Bagpipes Can Kill You

Bagpipes and other wind instruments produce beautiful music, but they can also be prime breeding grounds for moulds and fungi. Players then regularly breathe in those creatures, and can develop inflamed lungs as a result — or even a fatal lung disease.


How US Congress, The FDA And Sarah Jessica Parker Helped EpiPen Become A $1.3 Billion Business

EpiPen, the life-saving allergy product, is now a $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) a year business for Mylan, a drug company that’s currently enduring a wave of bad publicity over the extraordinary surge in US EpiPen pricing. In 2007, an EpiPen in the US cost about $US57 ($75). Today that price has skyrocketed to over $US600 ($787) — all for about $1 worth of injectable medicine.


When Martin Shkreli Calls A Pharma Company Out, You Know It Screwed Up

The extensive price hike for a vital, life-saving drug for many with allergies is causing concern among doctors, patients and politicians — along with a guy responsible for an extensive price hike himself.


Help Build A New Database Of Science Fiction Works That Deal With Medical Themes

A lot of science fiction incorporates medicine — be it realistic, fantastic, futuristically life-enhancing or horrific. A new project at Scotland’s University of Glasgow, dubbed “Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities”, aims to study creative visions of medical care, and one crowdsourced aspect of it needs your help.


10 Fad Diets, Debunked

What should you cut out of your diet to be more healthy? Everything. According to the most popular diet books on the market, there’s barely a food on Earth that’s safe to eat. But what is the actual benefit of these diets? Here’s what science has to say.


A 400-Year-Old Shark May Hold The Cure To Ageing

If you’re counting on technology to radically extend your lifespan, you’ll want to pay close attention to what’s happening with the Greenland shark. According to a new scientific paper, this mysterious deep-sea dweller can live up to 400 years, making it the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth.


This Machine Hopes To Make Engineering Pharmaceuticals More Portable

If you’re a doctor working in a remote area or on the battlefield, getting access to medications can be tough. That may sound like the start of a commercial, but it’s a sometimes tragic fact. As far as we’ve come in the history of medicine, treatment isn’t as portable as we would like.


Lately, Science Has Been Having A Lot Of Fun With Hydrogels

Hydrogel-based materials are the basis of many experiments in the science community, having been utilised in new ways to cool down buildings, make better condoms and to generate soft tissues. They’re already used in contact lenses, and you can eat them with your jelly (or a version of them anyway).


How Much You Need To Exercise To Make Up For Sitting All Day

There’s been a lot of finger-wagging of late about the health risks associated with sitting at a desk all day, or binge-watching our favourite TV shows. Now couch potatoes can rejoice because a new study has found that just an hour of moderate activity a day wipes out all the negative impacts of sedentary behaviour — contrary to some prior studies claiming exercise didn’t help much at all.


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