The Surprisingly Useful Medicines Hiding in Pee

Maybe you don’t think much about the 1-2 liters of urine you flush down the toilet every day. But when you send it swirling down the drain, you could be getting rid of liquid gold. Because there’s molecular goodness hidden in that pale yellow puddle, which has been used to treat everything from basic infections to menopause. That’s […]

Why Stimulants Help ADHD

[♪ INTRO ] Odds are, you’ve heard of Ritalin or Adderall. They’re both members of the class of drugs called stimulants, and they’re often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. But stimulants and hyperactivity seem like a weird match. If someone can’t sit still, why would you give them more energy? Like with […]

Is the Cure for Superbugs Hiding Deep Under the Earth?

UNDERNEATH THIS CANADIAN FOREST IS AN EXPANSIVE NETWORK OF CAVES, THAT, UNTIL RECENTLY, HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BY HUMANS. THESE RESEARCHERS ARE BRAVING PRECARIOUS AND CLAUSTROPHOBIC PASSAGEWAYS THIRTY FEET DEEP IN THE EARTH — ALL IN A RACE TO DISCOVER WHAT COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF OUR LIVES. ANN: You plunge yourself down into totally pitch darkness. You can’t even […]

We Can Cure Ebola! (Mostly—Which Is Better Than Rarely) | SciShow News

[♩INTRO] More than eighteen hundred people have died so far in the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. But doctors on the front lines now have a new weapon. Two of them, actually, because a clinical trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo revealed two new treatments which can cure the disease. The Ebola virus kills about […]

Ming-Chih Kao, PhD, MD on Medications & Back Pain

Earned his doctoral degree in computational biology and biostatistics at Harvard University. After graduate school, he continued to research at NIH and earned an MD at the University of Michigan. He has an unusual experience as a primary care physician in San Francisco. There, the complexities of chronic pain, its diagnosis, and its management led him to pursue […]

The New CRISPR Tool That Could ‘Delete’ Disease From Our DNA

You’ve probably heard of CRISPR technologies and their much-discussed ability to edit our DNA. For the most part, these stories probably refer to CRISPR-Cas9. But a new system, CRISPR-Cas3, has just been used in human cells for the very first time…and offers a whole new set of tools that could have huge implications for curing previously incurable viruses. […]

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