Tag Archives: Health

How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic

When historians trace back the roots of today’s opioid epidemic, they often find themselves returning to the wave of addiction that swept the U.S. in the late 19th century. That was when physicians first got their hands on morphine: a truly effective treatment for pain, delivered first by tablet and then by the newly invented hypodermic syringe. With no criminal regulations on morphine, opium or heroin, many of these drugs became the “secret ingredient” in readily available, dubiously effective medicines. Continue reading How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemic

Advertisements

Your Low-Calorie Sweetener Could Be Making You Fat

With nearly 40 percent of the world’s population now classified as obese, and increasing evidence pointing to sugar as the culprit, people are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without the risk of gaining weight. However, new research from George Washington University in the U.S. suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually increase a person’s risk of becoming obese. Continue reading Your Low-Calorie Sweetener Could Be Making You Fat

Medics may slow biological time to save soldiers’ lives

Battlefield medics frequently only have a brief window of opportunity to treat an injury before it’s fatal or causes permanent disabilities, and it’s frequently so fleeting that there’s not much they can do. DARPA is exploring an unusual solution to that problem: slow the biological processes to give medics more room to breathe. Its new Biostasis research program aims to bring cell activity to a near halt by using biochemicals that control energetics at the protein level. If animals like tardigrades and wood frogs can stabilize their cells to survive freezing and dehydration, similar techniques might offer more time to medics who want to treat wounds before a victim’s vital systems break down.

Continue reading Medics may slow biological time to save soldiers’ lives

Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively regulate firearms like the AR-15 used in the attack without banning all semi-automatic rifles. Continue reading Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

A fish that barely sleeps could help turn humans into all-night party animals

There’s something about the blind Mexican cavefish that will make you quite jealous: To survive and thrive, they require just two hours of sleep each night; no more, no less. Imagine everything you could do with those extra six hours.

Continue reading A fish that barely sleeps could help turn humans into all-night party animals