Generation AdderallLike many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.
Source: Generation Adderall – The New York Times
Gene injection to brain could halt Alzheimer’s disease
Source: Gene injection to brain could halt Alzheimer’s disease
Though there is currently no medicine available that can cure or reverse the onset of schizophrenia, new research shows that the human brain has the ability to remodel itself as part of its own attempt to overcome the condition. This discovery provides new hope that it may one day be possible to harness the brain’s natural elasticity in order to develop new treatments for a range of cognitive disorders.
Source: Study Reveals How The Brain “Rebuilds” Itself In An Attempt To Cure Schizophrenia | IFLScience
A study of Google searches for the word “chickenpox” has demonstrated the effectiveness of vaccination against the disease. Where the varicella vaccine has become part of the standard childhood immunization schedule, search rates drop dramatically.
Source: Google Tracks The Benefit Of Vaccinations | IFLScience
“Cure” is a word that’s dominated the rhetoric in the war on cancer for decades. But it’s a word that medical professionals tend to avoid. While the American Cancer Society reports that cancer treatment has improved markedly over the decades and the five-year survival rate is impressively high for many cancers, oncologists still refrain from declaring their cancer-free patients cured.
Source: Catching Metastatic Cancer Cells Before They Grow Into Tumors: A New Implant Shows Promise | IFLScience
From deep space to wildlife parks, there are few places that virtual reality can’t take you. And while that may all be fun and games, scientists are beginning to find uses for it that may offer solutions to real world problems. It’s already helped surgeons carry out complex operations, and now it may have another place in the clinic: helping patients with depression.
Source: Immersive Virtual Reality Could Help Treat Depression | IFLScience
Scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles claim to have developed a new technique for detecting cancer in a single drop of a person’s saliva. Though the method is still being trialed in China, the team behind the new test hopes to see it rolled out in Europe before the decade is up, and says it could take as little as 10 minutes to give a result.
Source: New Saliva Test May Be Able To Detect Cancer In Just 10 Minutes | IFLScience
Genomics, paired with visual data analytics, has the potential to transform healthcare for the better.
Source: Visual data analytics make genomics in healthcare possible
A new painkiller made by adapting the body’s naturally occurring opioids could provide a safer, non-addictive alternative to current analgesic drugs, with far fewer side-effects than those produced by morphine.
Source: New Non-Addictive Painkiller May Provide Safer Alternative To Opioids | IFLScience
Two papers have been published in the last fortnight announcing big steps forward in the fight against leukemia, both anchored by the same research institution. The studies are at very different stages of tackling the two most common forms of the cancer, but both offer hope.
Source: Two New Advances Offer Hope In The Fight Against Leukemia | IFLScience