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Ed Cara Ed Cara Nov 20, 2019 at 02:45. 4 comments

It's Time to Kick Big Pharma Out of Antibiotics Research, Scientists Argue

It's Time to Kick Big Pharma Out of Antibiotics Research, Scientists Argue

In the wake of recent reports showing that antibiotic-resistant superbugs are on the rise, some scientists in the UK are pushing for a fix that might seem radical. They argue that the research and development of new antibiotics should be taken out of the pharmaceutical industry’s hands and publicly funded on a global scale.

The premise of their argument, which is described in an op-ed...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Nov 11, 2019. 13 comments

Do Smart Drugs Work?

Do Smart Drugs Work?
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If you’re looking to make your brain work better, you have plenty of options. You can start sleeping better, invest in a juicer, spend time at a decent gym. Or—if you’re pressed for time—you can pop a bunch of pills. Amphetamine, in the form...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Oct 28, 2019.

Why Do Placebos 'Work'?

Why Do Placebos 'Work'?
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We all know the placebo effect is a powerful thing—it can ease pain, alleviate depression, turn CBD into a billion-dollar industry, and more. Less widely understood is why it works—how the human brain, in tandem with various other organs, can turn a simple sugar pill...

Matt Novak Matt Novak Sep 25, 2019. 18 comments

Boris Johnson Warns of 'Pink-Eyed Terminators' and 'Limbless Chickens' in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

Boris Johnson Warns of 'Pink-Eyed Terminators' and 'Limbless Chickens' in Absolutely Bonkers UN Speech

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a bizarre late night speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, warning that technology could make our world a dystopian hellscape if it’s not properly constrained—a place where mattresses monitor our nightmares, heartless algorithms deny us medical care, and... robots travel from the future to slaughter humanity.

With...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 25, 2019. 18 comments

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All (Yes, All) Vaping Products

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Orders 4-Month Ban on Sale of All (Yes, All) Vaping Products

After the Centers for Disease Control warned of hundreds of cases of potentially lethal vaping-associated pulmonary illness (VAPI) across the country and growing backlash over skyrocketing teen use, Massachusetts has gone much farther than other states and totally banned the sale of all vaping products for four months.

That’s not a typo. Republican Governor Charlie Baker issued an order,...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 23, 2019. 1 comments

World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

World Health Organization Says Tanzania Is Withholding Info on Suspected Ebola Cases

In a statement on Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) accused the government of Tanzania of deliberately withholding information about suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, the Washington Post reported. The allegation follows reports of multiple cases throughout the nation, beginning in the capital city of Dar es Salaam, after which WHO said it was shut out from blood tests and...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 16, 2019. 1 comments

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Sep 16, 2019. 15 comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says He'll Declare Health Emergency to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says He'll Declare Health Emergency to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Following a surge in mysterious vaping-related illnesses associated with at least six deaths and renewed focus on skyrocketing teen use, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday that his office is now seeking emergency regulations that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco and menthol throughout the state.

The White House announced last week that it is also...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 09, 2019. 13 comments

What's the Best Medicine?

What's the Best Medicine?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Thousands of medicines have made it to market in the last century or so. Some of these medicines have single-handedly eradicated illnesses that have plagued humanity from the dawn of time; some have made chronic conditions at least somewhat more tolerable; others...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019. 2 comments

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Juul pulled almost all of its flavored nicotine pods other than menthol and mint off the market last year under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, which under recently departed Administrator Scott Gottlieb was pursuing a hardline stance on the vaping industry and specifically on Juul, which has been repeatedly accused of knowingly marketing to teenagers . But if Juul...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Two new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a “preventable and treatable” disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease.

Per Wired, while researchers have already developed an experimental vaccine to prevent people from catching...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 30, 2019. 17 comments

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?
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Unless there are some truly radical advances in catheter technology, having to pee and not being able to will remain a universal predicament, albeit one more acute for some (Amazon warehouse workers , for instance) than for others. Certainly it can feel, in the...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 20, 2019. 2 comments

Listening to Music Before Getting Anesthesia Can Help You Stay Calm

Listening to Music Before Getting Anesthesia Can Help You Stay Calm

A dose of music might be enough to calm your worries before certain medical procedures. According to a new study out this week, patients who listened to music before having anesthesia injected into them had their level of anxiety lowered as much as those who took a mild sedative.

Doctors have gradually started to turn to the power of music as a way to help patients relax before, during, and...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 19, 2019. 12 comments

Health Care Workers in the UK Turned Over an Undocumented Immigrant Trafficking Victim to Police, Case Report Says

Health Care Workers in the UK Turned Over an Undocumented Immigrant Trafficking Victim to Police, Case Report Says

Medical professionals are getting increasingly entangled in the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has gripped the U.S. and other countries—and, predictably, it’s having horrible consequences for their patients.

According to a case report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, medical care professionals in the UK turned over a migrant sexual trafficking victim in their care to...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019. 22 comments

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

If you use a supplement called Big Penis, you should know that it contains an unexpected (or very expected?) ingredient.

Big Penis capsules secretly contain sildenafil, also known by the brand name Viagra, according to the FDA.

“The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use Big Penis, a product promoted for sexual enhancement,” the agency wrote in a statement....

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 17, 2019. 16 comments

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.

In the livestreamed announcement, Musk expressed his long-held concern that humans would be “left behind” by...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 16, 2019. 1 comments

Scientists Find a New Kind of Cell That Helps Heal the Heart

Scientists Find a New Kind of Cell That Helps Heal the Heart

The human body has plenty of nifty tricks to keep itself alive for as long as possible, and scientists still haven’t come close to figuring them all out. Case in point, a team of researchers this week describe a previously unknown type of cell near the heart that helps it heal from injury. The discovery could lead to new therapies or, at the very least, change how heart surgeons operate on...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019.
Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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