img x

What’s a life worth in dollars and cents? Should that influence who gets treated for expensive disease treatments?

Austin was three years old and Max was a newborn when their mother, Jenn McNary, learned they had a rare ...
photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis: Synthetic chloroplasts as solar-powered drug factories

There’s a new way to eat carbon dioxide. Researchers have built an artificial version of a chloroplast, the photosynthetic structures ...
scroas

Viewpoint: FDA ‘accelerated’ drug approvals offer relief for critically ill patients. But more could be done.

Desperately-needed therapies often warrant early approvals ...
some common drugs may increase dementia risk

Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
d x

Does our gut bacteria alter the effectiveness of drug treatments?

Prescribing the best medication may require going with a patient’s gut — or at least, the bacteria that live there ...
download

Mining ‘extremely hostile environments’ for keys to new drugs, tech breakthroughs

Many scientists have been investigating the planet’s countless extreme environments, on the hunt for molecules that will inspire the next ...
dsuviaapplicator

Do we really need a more potent, and more addictive, opioid?

In the midst of a national opioid crisis, how badly do we need another formidable painkiller? This vexing question has ...
chinese family

Asians finally have drugs ‘perfectly tailored’ to their genetics

For decades, much of the pipeline of medical innovation has flowed from West to East. Now a string of companies ...
Screen Shot at AM

Could a fake surgery really make you feel better?

Did you know placebo surgery occur? Some believe they are the next realm of understanding more about the effect of ...
Ketamine Jonah M

Why is ‘party drug’ ketamine such a powerful treatment for depression?

In recent years, the party drug and anesthetic ketamine has been embraced as a rapidly-acting, if still off-label, medication for ...
FDA

Seeking a new path for FDA regulation of revolutionary medical treatments

Researchers are developing therapies that could permanently alter a patient’s genes... . The early results are promising. Patients would live ...
SyntheticPot

Synthetic marijuana has a real problem: Nobody knows what’s in it

[Recently], more than 70 people overdosed on the synthetic marijuana known as K2 during a single 24 hour period in New Haven, ...
Blog wide

Viewpoint: Drug developers are abandoning current Alzheimer’s patients. Why is no one complaining?

Although the latest analysis of experimental Alzheimer’s drugs finds that literally zero are being tested in late-stage clinical trials to treat moderate ...
drugs

Drugmakers accused of stalling biosimilars: FDA’s Gottlieb calls tactics ‘a toxin’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday [July 18] accused drug makers who manufacture pricey biologic medicines of ...
male female

Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Studies have shown that males and females metabolize drugs differently, suggesting we should be spending more time studying those differences ...
Biologicals e

Crippling costs blunt potential of drugs harvested from living cells

Biologics are drugs grown in living cells, rather than produced through chemical reactions. They can be incredibly effective, but are ...
Picture

LSD redux: Psychedelics may help brain functioning

Research on psychoactive drugs like LSD fell out of favor more than 40 years ago. Now, they're back and may ...
chicken made of drugs thumb x

After early struggles, ‘biopharming’ poised to make big impact on medicine

Biopharma, which almost disappeared as a technology, has returned, with a treatment for Ebola treatment, a drug producing chicken, and ...