medicine

Here's How That New Sex Pill For Women Actually Works

Sometime in the next two months, the FDA will vote on whether to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But Flibanserin doesn’t actually work like Viagra. Here’s how it works.


Synthetic Blood Transfusions Are Coming

Cancer-curing Cylon baby blood may still be a fantasy, but with the next two years, two human volunteers will be receiving the very first blood transplants manufactured in a lab, the British National Health Service announced last week.


This Is How Prosthetic Eyes Are Made

A small, highly skilled team at Moorfields Eye Hospital transform the lives of people who have lost their eyes to accidents and disease. Each year, they work with their clients to create around 1400 customised, detailed prosthetics, many of which replace eyes. Here’s how.


Facial Discrimination: What It's Like To Live With Disfigurement

In a world obsessed with beauty, living with a facial disfigurement can be hard. Neil Steinberg explores the past and present to find out what it’s like to look different.


New Google X Wearable Could Change How We Understand Human Health

Autonomous cars and phantom internet planes are exciting and all, but Google X also has a division that’s focusing on something more interesting: human life. Now, it says it’s working on a wearable that could be used to help it.


Abortion Drone Is The Best Drone

This Saturday, a small drone carrying the abortion-inducing pills mifepristone and misoprostol will fly from Germany to a border town in Poland. And yes, “Abortion Drone” sounds like the name of an anarchist punk band, but this is the most badass drone aid mission yet.


Medical Study Finds Doses On Cannabis Edibles Are 'Inaccurate'

It’s hard to believe that an unregulated industry devoted to getting people high might not be concerned about extreme accuracy in representing their products. But a group of doctors writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that most cannabis edibles they tested were stronger or weaker than advertised.


The Best Design Of The Year (Maybe Ever?)

Every year, the Design Museum in London picks a single object and names it the best design of the year. It’s pretty bad sometimes! But this year the museum picked a winner: A chip that replaces animal test subjects with a complex package of human cells.


These Smart Gloves Use Bacteria-Sensing Silk To Warn Of Risky Exposure

These gloves may look fairly normal, but the warning message on the side is made from a a silk compound which changes colour once they’re exposed to bacteria such as E. coli — providing a means of spotting and avoiding exposure.


Why You Should Thank An Astronomer For Preventing Blindness

We are, as Carl Sagan famously said, made of star stuff — and now, your doctor may use a technology designed for studying the stars to examine the inner workings of your eyes. Here’s how it works — and could one day save you from blindness.