Drugs are just molecules that are small enough to interact with the cells in your body. We've discovered a lot of them: 67 million unique substances, according to the American Chemical Society. But this is only about one tenth of one percent of the potential drugs out there, so we've definitely got some work to do.
Though it sounds like the plot of a Philip K. Dick story, researchers in China claim that "tweaking memories" of drug addicts could help the addicts recover.
Let me just say that one more time: laser-powered carbon nanotube exploding drug grenades. We have them.
Science has finally gone and done something useful for a change by inventing a mouthwash that they say can completely eliminate the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Refined sugar, you and me have a brand new (and sparkly white) future to look forward to.
High up on the list of things that it seems like a very bad idea to swallow are hydrogen-powered rockets. But researchers looking for new ways to deliver drugs inside the stomach have developed little microrockets powered by microbubbles and steered by micromagnets that are apparently perfectly safe to ingest. Yum?
Believe it or not, needles are your friends. They helpfully allow you to stab yourself in order to prevent you from getting sick or dying for one reason or another. But friends or not, it hurts like the dickens, and a new patch made of silk microneedles may be able to deliver all the drugs with none of the pain.
Weight-loss drugs generally work in one of two ways: they suppress your appetite so that you eat less, or they attempt to reduce the amount of fat that your body absorbs. Neither of these methods deal with the fat that you already have, but a new drug that targets those cells has shown some promising results in primate trials.
Thanks to a new drug, you may soon be able to be morbidly obese without it having any sort of detrimental impact on your lifespan. At least, if you're a mouse.
Ever since the accidental discovery of penicillin, we've had ways of being able to deal with bacterial infections. With viral infections, like when you get a cold, all we can really do is suck it up and treat the symptoms, but a new type of drug may be able to tackle any virus, even the ones we haven't met yet.
Okay you crazy kids, time to pack it up and go home. Researchers at Scripps have just invented what looks to be a vaccine against heroin, that when taken, will prevent the drug from having any effect on you, ever.