This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new tool that promises to help doctors recognize precancerous growths during a colonoscopy: an artificial intelligence system made by Medtronic.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Does the AstraZeneca Vaccine Also Stop Covid Transmission?

Researchers at Oxford also told reporters Monday that testing showed the vaccinated group in the UK had fewer asymptomatic infections, which means they'd be less likely to unwittingly spread the disease themselves.

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Best news since January 10,” tweeted Florian Krammer, a virologist and vaccinologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (who also happens to be a participant in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial).

Feds Seize $1 Billion in Stolen Silk Road Bitcoins

Feds Seize $1 Billion in Stolen Silk Road Bitcoins

According to the IRS's criminal investigation unit, Individual X successfully hacked the Silk Road sometime between May of 2012 and April of 2013, stealing that abundance of drug money from the dark web site's bitcoin addresses before Ulbricht's downfall in October of 2013.

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Voters Rejecting the War on Drugs Is a Win for Public Health

Not putting drug users in jail for possession, Seaman says, will reduce their likelihood of going through withdrawal and then overdosing when they get out.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and vaccine trials are halted, the US forges ahead with its decentralized response, and new revelations about American society and institutions underscore the deadly toll of the virus.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

It’s one of the largest global dark web takedowns to date: 179 arrests spread across six countries; 500 kilograms of drugs seized; $6.5 million in cash and cryptocurrency confiscated.

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

In Netflix ’s new superhero movie Project Power, the Big Bad is the inventor of a drug called power, which either gives you temporary superpowers or busts your chest open like a dropped water balloon.

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

A New Survey Links Vaping to Higher Covid-19 Risk

Researchers from Stanford University show that teenagers and young adults ages 13 to 24 who use e-cigarettes are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 than their non-vaping peers.

What Does It Mean to Say a New Drug ‘Works’?

What Does It Mean to Say a New Drug ‘Works’?

It’s right there in the name.“But when we were thinking of end points, we thought a mortality study would need 3,000 or 4,000 people,” says Beigel, associate director for clinical research in NIAID’s Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Health care workers gave hospitalized people the drug in the early days of the pandemic (because they didn’t have much else to give), and influential voices like carmaker Elon Musk and President Donald Trump advocated for it as a possible cure.

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

But by looking at where a study was published, what data it uses, and how it fits into the larger body of scientific research, even the armchair experts among us can start to be more savvy science information consumers.

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

As a manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine, the company was in the uncomfortable position of distributing a product that was overhyped for an unintended—and, as the FDA concluded, not likely to be effective —use as a Covid-19 treatment or preventative drug.

Old Drugs Could Reveal a New Way to Attack the Coronavirus

Old Drugs Could Reveal a New Way to Attack the Coronavirus

In an initial study, published in April in the journal Nature, Krogan’s team examined the interactions between proteins in the virus and human cells, then looked for drugs that would interfere.

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Last week, a British research team announced that a cheap, safe, widely available drug called dexamethasone makes a huge difference in saving the lives of people severely ill with Covid-19.

Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance

Coder-Turned-Kingpin Paul Le Roux Gets His Comeuppance

One afternoon in late September 2012, Paul Calder Le Roux was sitting in a hotel room in Monrovia, Liberia, working out the final details of a large cocaine and methamphetamine deal with the head of a Colombian drug cartel.

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

Weed Sales on the Dark Web Sales Surged Early in the Pandemic

On top of its analysis of sales data, the EMCDDA also trawled dark web markets and forums to see what drug dealers were saying about the pandemic's effects on their business, and found mixed messages.

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

The drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump and his allies as a treatment and preventative for the pandemic disease Covid-19, does not keep people from getting sick.

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

Why Creating a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Long

In the US, this typically takes 10 months and is authorized through the Food and Drug Administration, though it’s virtually a given that regulators will speed up the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

From rising unemployment statistics to promising drug trials, new information about this pandemic emerges constantly, and dozens of theories about how the disease spreads and can be treated get advanced or disproven on any given day.

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

The Covid-19 Newsletter That's by Doctors for Doctors

When they’re not treating Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit, the eight doctors on the FLARE team work a second job: updating fellow physicians on the latest novel coronavirus research and debunking the freshest unproven theories floating around on social media.

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

I mean, if you look back historically, common sense does not have a great track record against science.Science is just the process of building and refining models.

Japan Is Racing to Test a Drug to Treat Covid-19

Japan Is Racing to Test a Drug to Treat Covid-19

In the weeks that followed, the Fujifilm team managed more than some governments could claim to have done in response to the spread of Covid-19: Working from different offices and factories, members of the group made contingency plans for ramping up production of the drug, advised clinical researchers throughout Japan, and helped get the drug to hospitals where its use had been approved by the government as an emergency measure to treat dozens of Covid-19 patients.

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Part of what the FDA approved was expanded access, so that places with a lot of blood donors could collect that plasma and send it to hospitals around the country—perhaps hundreds—where doctors want to use it on people who are just starting to decline from Covid-19, but before they need a ventilator.

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan , health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure.

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

Release the Kratom: Inside America's Hottest New Drug Culture

News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction.However, after finding kratom in the systems of dozens of people who have died of drug overdoses, the federal government has been considering a total ban.