Constraining drugs to a single function in the body may be limiting their full potential.
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Despite technological advancements, many challenges remain in getting a drug from lab to pharmacy shelf. Reframing what is a “medicine” could expand treatment options for researchers and patients.
Googling symptoms to self-diagnose is not the same as virtual health care.
Searching symptoms online has become so common there is a name for the condition of health anxiety induced by self-diagnosis on the internet: Cyberchondria.
Having multiple prescriptions is difficult enough to keep track of, let alone ones with complicated names.
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Believe it or not, medication names are intended to be easy to remember and descriptive of the function they serve in the body.
Octavia E. Butler poses in a Seattle bookstore in 2004. The celebrated science fiction author died in 2006.
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In an interview, scholar Alyssa Collins explains how her time spent plumbing the sci fi writer’s papers left her stunned by the breadth of her interests and the depth of her scientific knowledge.
Protons and neutrons in an atom’s nucleus can be arranged in different configurations, creating nuclear isomers.
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Nuclear isomers are rare versions of elements with properties that mystified physicists when first discovered. Isomers are now used in medicine and astronomy, and researchers are set to discover thousands more of them.
Building relationships with colleagues outside of work is important for career development.
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By surveying over 100 people in academic medicine, a researcher found that women are consistently excluded from important networking activities like watching sports, drinking at bars and playing golf.
Nucleic acid vaccines use mRNA to give cells instructions on how to produce a desired protein.
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DNA and mRNA vaccines produce a different kind of immune response than traditional vaccines, allowing researchers to tackle some previously unsolvable problems in medicine.
Rhino horn is coveted for rumoured medicinal properties and as a status symbol.
Rhino horn consumers have a strong preference for wild rhino horn.
Our sense of touch is actually lots of different senses rolled into one.
Listen to The Conversation Weekly as we delve into the achievements behind three of the latest Nobel prizes.
Nearly 100 scholars and health care professionals are urging women to limit their use of acetaminophen during pregnancy.
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Tylenol has long been considered a go-to medication for low to moderate pain and for fever reduction, even during pregnancy. But mounting evidence suggests that it is unsafe for fetal development.
Disease and public health confusion were common in 18th-century England.
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The 2,000-line poem by Scottish physician John Armstrong was written during a time of pandemic, war and increasing public disinformation. What can readers learn from it today?
Poisons have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over two millennia.
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The usefulness of a drug is typically measured by its active ingredient. But traditional Chinese medicine shows that there’s more to healing than using the right chemical.
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Randomized controlled trials of therapeutic interventions have yet to be conducted.
Because little scientific evidence exists for trans medical treatments, doctors are often wary when working with trans people, even if they realize it’s in the patients’ best interests to do so.
RNA carries copies of genetic information from DNA.
RNA was used to make COVID vaccines. Now it could lead to more personalised healthcare.
Medical education needs to include understanding how genetic conditions can occur.
Medical education has not kept up with genetic discoveries — primary care physicians require more genetics and genomics training.
AI medical systems promise superhuman capabilities, but they are only as fair as the data they’re trained on.
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Some AI systems make faulty assumptions about women and nonwhite men, which can lead to misdiagnoses. Overcoming this bias takes legal, regulatory and technical fixes.
The lack of recognition of sex differences in biology and medicine is a huge issue science has only recently begun to rectify.
Fungi make up a small but important part of gut microbiomes.
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Fungi are a small but important part of the gut microbiome. A new study in mice shows that how much weight mice gain on a processed food diet depends on this fungal microbiome.
New treatments target different stages of COVID-19, including before patients become sick enough to need a hospital.
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A year after it became clear that COVID-19 was becoming a pandemic, there is still no cure, but doctors have several innovative treatments. Some are keeping patients out of the hospital entirely.