medicine

How Does The FDA Regulate Mobile Medical Apps?

Last month, the FDA released new guidance regarding the regulation of mobile medical apps, to replace its earlier version from 2011. Since that time, the amount of health and medical apps on the market has exploded, with the release of Apple’s Health app with iOS 8 cementing mobile health as ‘a thing’. Needless to say, it is about time for a regulatory update.


A (Mostly) Scientific Guide To Pot And The Munchies

Everybody knows it: Weed makes you hungry. Smoking a bowl sends you searching for snacks. Hitting a spliff leaves you craving all kinds of candy. Ripping a bong gives you the munchies. We don’t know why. Science is getting close though, especially after this week.


This Unusually Short-Lived Fish Could Hold The Secrets To Getting Old

The turquoise killifish is largely unremarkable except for how fast it ages. In just three months, it goes from a spry, young fish (left) to a decrepit, old one (right). For scientists who study ageing, the turquoise killifish could be the key to their future experiments.


Graphene Could Be Used To Neutralise Cancer Stem Cells

Graphene has a frankly overwhelming array of amazing possible uses, from body armour to seeing through walls. To that list, you can perhaps add the ability to fight cancer too.


Three Men Have Had Hands Amputated And Replaced With Bionic Versions

Three men with severe nerve damage have voluntarily had their hands amputated and replaced with prothetic versions that they’re able to control with their minds.


The Crazy Science Behind A Proposed Human Head Transplant

An Italian neuroscientist who has been advocating for head transplants now wants to make one actually happen. He’ll be announcing a project at a surgical conference later this year. Here’s a human head transplant will work — supposedly.


No, These Apps Can't Detect Cancer. Just Stop.

A slew of apps have cropped up touting the ability to diagnose any number of diseases over the past few years, and now thanks to the federal trade commission in the US, at least two of them will have to stop. Because science isn’t backing up any of it.


These Mice On A Treadmill Show Weight Loss Drugs In Action

Cheap, effective and — above all — safe weight loss drugs could help ease the obesity epidemic. These mice demonstrate how a new weight loss jab called morpholino works, as they scuttle along a treadmill.


Are We Doomed To Get Rashes From Our Fitness Trackers?

Constant 24/7 fitness tracking can have itchy, scratchy consequences. Those would be wrist rashes, as Fitbit users have been learning. But rashes aren’t just a Fitbit problem — any wristband can leave you red, thanks to some basic biology. There may be no miracle cure for this malady of the quantified self.


How We Can Use Light To See Inside The Human Body

Human flesh is opaque. As any good dictionary will tell you, that means it has the quality of “not transmitting light; being impenetrable to sight.” Well, forget that: scientists now can use light to see inside objects that were traditionally off-limits to the human eye — including our bodies.