We’ve made a few mistakes in the past two years, when it comes to developing COVID drugs. Some were obvious and could have easily been avoided.
They’re calling for advice before using bleach or disinfectant. Or they’re calling to ask about side-effects after gargling, spraying or bathing in them. It’s a worry.
List (left) and MacMillan (right) are winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The discovery has boosted the pharmaceutical industry and made research greener and cheaper.
The path to using old drugs for COVID is full of potholes. So why are we using the same old flawed methods when we actually know what works?
Side-effects for this unproven and potentially dangerous treatment range from vomiting and diarrhoea to seizures and a coma.
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.
The pipes imprinted on microfluidic chips are about the size of a human hair, and in many ways are like miniaturizing a chemical manufacturing plant.
Artificial cells on tiny microfluidic chips can provide early insight into how new cancer drugs behave in cells, and why certain kinds of cancer are more resistant to chemotherapy treatment.
Every time you pop an aspirin, thank the German chemist Hoffmann and not Hippocrates.
Does it matter if you take your medicine morning, noon or night? That depends on a number of factors.
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For most medicines, it doesn’t matter when you take them. But others work best at particular times.
Participants of clinical trials can easily communicate online, which poses a big problem for medical researchers.
How will each drug interact with the proteins in your body?
Artificially intelligent drug design programs could discover new therapies for conditions that are difficult or prohibitively expensive to cure.
It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Researchers who’ve created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.
Reading over the consent form.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
When a pain signal gets to the brain, it lets your brain know there’s a big problem so we can respond.
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In short, pain medicine is able to block the processes that cause the feeling of pain. To understand why, you need to know a bit about how pain works.
Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.
Methylprednisolone, the corticosteroid that’s used to treat serious asthma attacks, works by reducing inflammation.
A trial of methylprednisolone in kidney patients was halted recently because of safety concerns. But this doesn’t affect people taking the drug for asthma, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
A pharmacist prepares to grind up a potion from unidentified pills the old-fashioned way.
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Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.
Feeling tired or being unable to concentrate is common even days after surgery. But there are simple ways to help speed up your recovery.
Some people can feel drowsy or can’t concentrate days after an operation. While it’s easy to blame the anaesthetics, the real picture is usually more complicated.
People with cystic fibrosis, Australia’s most common inherited condition, have thick mucus, including on the lungs.
Wider availability of the cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco since May 1, 2017 means younger patients can now access it.
Chimpanzees self medicate by eating rough leaves to get rid of parasites.
A number of monkey species eat rough leaves, soils and charcoal to treat or prevent diseases.