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New Wireless Electronics Could Heal Wounds and Then Dissolve

Nestled inside a wound, a remote-controlled device perks up and begins releasing bacteria-killing heat, a form of thermal therapy that can fell even …

Opium: A powerful medicine for pain relief

Of all plants used in the field of medicine, none has been as widely employed – nor has helped to save as many lives and ease suffering – as the opium poppy, <i>Papaver somniferum</i>. The plant and its derivatives have been used since antiquity. Cultivation of opium poppy dates to the Neolithic Age, and …

Why Doesn't Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?

Why does anyone buy Bayer aspirin — or Tylenol, or Advil — when, almost always, there's a bottle of cheaper generic pills, with the same active ingredient, sitting right next to the brand-name pills?<p>Matthew Gentzkow, an economist at the University of Chicago's Booth school, recently tried to answer …

Ketamine-like drug lifts depression without the trip

A drug similar to ketamine has been shown to work as an antidepressant, without the psychosis-like side effects associated with the party drug.<p>In …

Spinal fluid test may predict Alzheimer’s

Tests on brain and spinal fluid could soon mean earlier treatment for Alzheimer’s disease—years before the first symptoms of memory loss, researchers …

Discovery of distinct peptides in brains of Alzheimer’s patients could help diagnosis : Spoonful of Medicine

Alzheimer’s patients with different medical histories might possess distinct variants of amyloid beta fibrils—the basic component of the plaque-like …

Scientists closer to Alzheimer's cure

Scientists said they may have developed a drug that could work against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders that share a similar mechanism.<p>Still at a very early and experimental stage, the drug blocks disruption of the brain's defence system, something that boosts neurodegenerative …

Antibiotics Can't Keep Up With 'Nightmare' Superbugs

We're used to relying on antibiotics to cure bacterial infections. But there are now strains of bacteria that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics, and are causing deadly infections. According to the CDC, "more than 2 million people in the United States every year get infected with a …

Centipede venom could lead to new class of pain drug

A protein found in centipede venom could be developed into a drug to treat chronic pain that is as effective as morphine but without the side …

Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain

A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain<p>Doctors in Germany may be about to shed a little light on treating chronic pain. Prof Thomas Tolle, a pain specialist in Munich, is beginning a trial using specially designed overhead lighting that imitates a …

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

At the beginning of next year, Clive Holmes will attempt to do something remarkable. But you'd never guess it from meeting this mild-mannered psychiatrist with a hint of a Midlands accent. In fact, you could be sitting in his office in the Memory Assessment and Research Centre at Southampton …

Forget the headlines – schizophrenia is more common than you might think

Which illness frightens you most? Cancer? Stroke? Dementia? To judge from tabloid coverage, the condition we should really fear isn't physical at all. "Scared of mum's schizophrenic attacks", "Knife-wielding schizophrenic woman in court", "Schizo stranger killed dad", "Rachel murder: schizo …

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

Imagine a tiny computer embedded under your scalp that's constantly tracking your brain activity and zapping you when it senses something awry.<p>That might sound like science fiction, but a medical device that does that was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an option for people …

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

What Comes After Antibiotics? 5 Alternatives to Stop Superbugs

"Superbug" bacterial infections that are resistant to common antibiotics are increasing at an alarming rate. But traditional antibiotics aren't the only way to battle dangerous germs. Biomedical scientists are investigating new additions to their arsenal.<p>"Superbug" bacterial infections that are …

Mini Implantable Microscopes to Watch Living Cells Inside the Body

How miniature, implantable microscopes will cut down on the need for invasive medical testing.<p><b>To get an up-close look at a patient's tissue</b>, a doctor typically does a biopsy—chops off a tiny chunk of organ or tumor and sends it to a lab for processing. The lab encases the tissue in paraffin wax, …

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Twenty-five years ago, two pals went out for a seafood dinner while vacationing in the Bahamas. What could be better than some fresh grouper steaks and a night on the town without the wives?<p>Um, plenty.<p>A few hours after dinner, the men started having stomach pains and diarrhea. Their legs began to …

Why adultery could aid a happy marriage

Psychologists argue that 'outsourcing' areas of your relationship could save it in the long term<p>Living separately or allowing your partner to sleep with other people could be the key to a successful marriage, psychologists have claimed.<p>They argue that “outsourcing” areas of marriage to other people …

Panel: N. Korea crimes vs. humanity

A U.N. panel has found that crimes against humanity have been committed in North Korea and will call for an international criminal investigation, The Associated Press has learned.<p>The report, to be released Monday, is the most authoritative account yet of rights violations by North Korean …

Female 'Viagra' pill claims to boost women's sex lives

Dubbed the 'female Viagra', a new herbal pill called Lady Prelox claims to boost women's flagging sex drive but at £37.95 for a pack of 60 little pink tablets, pleasure doesn't come cheap<p>A new pill dubbed ‘the female Viagra’ could boost women’s sex lives, according to scientists.<p>The herbal pill …

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