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.
There are two ways that we've been able to get mammals to live longer: genetic engineering, and calorie restriction. Neither of those things sounds like much fun, but scientists may have just stumbled onto a drug that can extend your lifespan too, by up to 20%.
Bacteria are clever little buggers. Every time we hit them with a new drug that kills 99.9% of them, that left-over 0.01% regroups and breeds and we're back to square one. We're going to run out of drugs before the bacteria run out of evolution — which means we need some new weapons in our arsenal.
Those pillmeisters with their crazy inventions — will they think of next? Now drug scientists have stumbled upon a special protein that might be able to give humans the ability to remember things for months instead of minutes. Researchers discovered...