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How Long Will It Be Until You Can Get An Anti-Ageing Pill?

Last month a team of doctors and scientists made the case to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider approving anti-ageing drugs as a new pharmaceutical class. Such a designation would treat ageing as disease rather than a natural process, potentially opening the door to government funding for anti-ageing drug trials.


What It Was Like To Grow Up As The World's First Test-Tube Baby

In 1978, Louise Brown became the first baby conceived in a laboratory through assisted reproductive technology. Here, she explains what it was like growing up.


Antibiotic Resistance Actually Makes Some Bacteria Stronger

We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.


Laser Analysis Reveals That Astronauts' Skin Gets Thinner In Space

Astronauts have thin skin. That’s not a slur on their ability to fend off criticism, but the finding of a study being carried out by European scientists to understand how the dermal health of space travellers changes while in orbit.


Robotic Surgery Has Been Connected To 144 US Deaths Since 2000

All surgery carries risk, and that’s also true when it involves robots. A new study of US Food and Drug Administration data reveals that a variety of malfunctions have been linked to 144 deaths during robotic surgery in the last 14 years.


Medical Studies Without Females are Incomplete (Even If They're Rats)

Some sex differences, like facial hair or genital anatomy, are plain to see. But people also have hormonal and metabolic sex differences that aren’t so obvious, and those can change how diseases affect the body and how drugs work.


This Inhaled Vaccine Could Be The Key To Stopping Ebola

Ebola is a particularly scary disease not only because of the way in which it kills you, but because there’s no cure, and no real vaccine. That’s obviously something scientists are working to change — and one vaccine that’s just finished trials with monkeys shows serious promise.


'Stroke Ambulances' Could Save Lives Before Ever Reaching The Hospital

The last year or so has seen the arrival of super ambulances, emergency vehicles equipped with life-saving CT scanners that can treat stroke victims without waiting to arrive at the hospital.


University Of Toronto Defends Class That Taught Anti-Vaccine Propaganda

Are you a student looking for a great health studies course? I’d suggest steering clear of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. The school has recently become the laughingstock of the scientific community for a course that includes materials on the dangers of vaccines. Jenny McCarthy would be so proud.


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.


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