Jessica McKernan

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Pill Covered In Needles Injects You With Drugs From Inside Your Gut

Seems like a hard pill to swallow -- but actually, it's pretty easy<p>People who dread the sharp stab of an injection at the doctor's office may be in luck. A team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a capsule coated in needles for patients to swallow, enabling …

Boston

9 Reasons We Miss Friends in GIFS

Watch. Laugh. Repeat.<p>Today marks the 10th anniversary of the <i>Friends</i> finale, and despite the time that's passed, we're still going through withdrawal.<p>To help ourselves cope, we've found the animated GIFS that best illustrate why Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Chandler Bing, Ross Geller, …

GIF Animations

Just enjoying life with some terrifying Lions!

Nanobots get tiny propellers for targeted drug delivery

Nanobots need the proper propulsion system if they're going to be used to deliver drugs to targeted areas. Take for example this teeny-tiny corkscrew-shaped propeller made out of silica and nickel that's developed by a group of German and Israeli scientists. The team says it's around 100 times …

Drug combo can cure hepatitis C in patients with HIV - Futurity

A new combination drug therapy cures chronic hepatitis C in most patients also infected with HIV—and without the side effects of current treatments.

Hepatitis

Forty per cent of adults advised to take statins under new NHS guidance

Around 17.5 million people will now be eligible for statins after the health watchdog Nice cut the threshold in half, meaning most men over 60, and women over 65 will now be offered the drug<p>Forty per cent of adults will be advised to take statins under new NHS guidance which aims to cut 50,000 …

Study: Fish Oil Prevents Brain Shrinkage And Cognitive Decline In Older Adults

Three more cases of Alzheimer’s disease will have been diagnosed by the time you finish reading this article. More than 5 million people have Alzheimer’s in the United States alone (44 million worldwide), and the rate of new diagnosis is about one patient every minute, with no cure on the horizon. …

Aids deaths tumble but rising resistance to HIV drugs threatens gains

Warning over growing resistance to antiretrovirals dampens hopes that Aids can be eliminated by 2030<p>In the runup to next week's international Aids conference in Melbourne, Australia, the UN has claimed that Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by more than a third in a decade, …

Study finds alarming global rise in use of antibiotics

Antibiotic use has surged by 36% worldwide in a decade, much of it unwarranted, according to a new study.<p><b>------------</b><p><b>FOR THE RECORD</b><p><b>July 11, 12:13 p.m.:</b> An earlier version of this post described ampicillin and amoxicillin as types of a family of broad-spectrum antibiotics called carbapenems. They …

Omega 3 fatty acids lessen severity of osteoarthritis in mice

Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega 6 fatty acids, …

Antibody Treatment Developed For Dogs With Cancer

It could one day be used to treat your dog.<p>Dogs, like people, can get cancer--and research has shown that canine and human cancers can be very much alike. Austrian scientists recently found that the receptor proteins that coat the surface of various canine tumors are 91 percent similar to human …

Immunotherapy

A tool that tells where cancer begins - Futurity

Researchers are taking the first step to create a tool that can identify the origin of certain types of cancer.

Cancer

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

ECT and ketamine in the treatment of depression - a response

Ian Anderson, the chief investigator of a new study looking at the effectiveness of ECT and ketamine on depression, responds to claims that it should be suspended and investigated<p>Health experts attack ketamine plan to tackle depression<p>Earlier this month, the Observer reported that a group of …

Merck nausea drug works in children in late-stage trial | Reuters

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said its drug for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, Emend, was shown to be more effective than a placebo in a late-stage trial in children.<p>The company said it plans to file for marketing approval for Emend in the U.S. for the new pediatric formulation in …

Aspirin may lower pancreatic cancer risk by half - Futurity

Taking aspirin regularly may reduce risk of developing pancreatic cancer in half—and the degree of protection could increase the longer the its taken.

Cancer

Why can't you remember being a baby? Science explains.

Why don't you remember being a baby? How come you barely remember being a young child? How come a three-year-old can remember things that happened — but will then have no memories of that day a few years later?<p>THE NEW BRAIN CELLS OF YOUNG ANIMALS MAY BE MESSING UP THEIR MEMORIES<p>These questions have …

Chemist With Visual Flair Answers Burning Food Science Questions

Chemistry teachers don't need to go the way of <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Walter White and make methamphetamine if they're looking for a compelling side gig.<p>Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics on everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Thanks in …

How to live with the toxic side effects of HIV drugs - Futurity

New drugs are essential to increasing the life expectancy of young people with HIV, but lowering the drugs' toxicity may have even greater health …

Altered Microbial Enzyme Eats Up Cocaine, Could Treat Addiction

By tinkering with the enzyme's structure, researchers have improved its stability and ability to break down cocaine.<p>Bacteria that live in the soil near coca plants make an enzyme called cocaine esterase, which rapidly breaks down the drug. The enzyme could theoretically be useful to destroy cocaine …

Drug Addiction

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

The Brain

Common virus targets 'triple-negative' breast cancer - Futurity

A virus not known to cause disease kills triple-negative breast cancer cells and killed tumors grown from these cells in mice, report researchers.