The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm 10 minutes ago

The Science Of Spontaneous Healing

A person comes down with a terrible disease. The doctors give up all hope. Then, suddenly, the disease is gone. It's a great soap opera plot, but it can actually happen in real life. The question is, how? » 3/31/15 8:00am Yesterday 8:00am

Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves. » 3/30/15 1:40pm Monday 1:40pm

Wondering What To Expect After A Medical Abortion? Read This.

DARPA Wants To Solve Ebola With DNA, Money, And Institutional Knowhow

Colonel Dan Wattendorf is a program manager in DARPA's Defense Sciences Office. His goal: To dramatically suppress Ebola, and infectious diseases like it, with a new, unconventional vaccine. And according to Wattendorf, the biggest hurdles he faces in accomplishing this mission "aren't scientific, but institutional." » 3/19/15 11:45am 3/19/15 11:45am

How To Murder Someone With An MRI

A little-known and harmless side effect of MRIs gives us an intriguing way to murder people. Tricking them into getting an MRI would be tough, but afterwards? It's almost too easy. » 3/18/15 3:40pm 3/18/15 3:40pm

Why You Need To Avoid Those All-Too-Frequent "Sad Desk Lunches"

You know by now that sitting prunes lifespans, negates workouts, and outright kills people. Ugh, sitting. The worst, right? Well, not technically. Standing too much is also bad for you, and apparently plain old sitting can't hold a candle (in terms of sheer terribleness) to eating lunch while sitting at your desk. » 3/18/15 1:20pm 3/18/15 1:20pm

How A Terminal Illness Can Change Your Perception Of Time

Last week, Paul Kalanithi – a writer and new dad, who recently completed his residency in neurosurgery at Stanford – died from metastatic lung cancer. In this video, released last month, Kalanithi addresses the "strange relativity" that accompanied his diagnosis. » 3/17/15 1:25pm 3/17/15 1:25pm

The Things People Did To Fight Syphilis Were Utterly Horrifying

Syphilis, today, is minor and treatable. In the past, though, it was an incurable diseases that caused insanity, rotting flesh, and death. It's understandable that nations took drastic measures to try to stop it — but their efforts resulted in a 400-year reign of terror. » 3/17/15 10:54am 3/17/15 10:54am

Yes, Dangerously Low Vaccination Rates Are Fueling The Measles Outbreak

A new research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics is the first to positively link low vaccination rates to the Disneyland measles outbreak that emerged in California late last year. The new research also shows how frighteningly fast measles can spread in a population that's insufficiently immunized against the highly… » 3/16/15 9:40am 3/16/15 9:40am

Women At Risk For Ovarian Cancer Have New Options, But No Easy Choices

Women predisposed to ovarian cancer can reduce their risk with surgery, but with it comes early menopause. To avoid this, some doctors propose delaying part of the procedure. But is this safe? » 3/14/15 11:45am 3/14/15 11:45am

South African Surgeons Claim "First Successful" Penis Transplant. Is It?

After losing all but one centimeter of his penis to a botched circumcision, an anonymous 21-year-old man from South Africa has found himself on the receiving end of the world's first successful penis transplant, according to the surgical team that performed the procedure. But was it actually the first? » 3/13/15 1:52pm 3/13/15 1:52pm

How Scientists Will Find Your Next Antibiotic in this Pile of Dirt

Nearly a century after scientists dug up penicillin, researchers are turning once more to the soil for new pharmaceuticals. But this time, they have tiny, powerful technologies on their side. Here's how scientists are unlocking the secrets of soil microbes and discovering the next generation of medicine. » 3/13/15 1:22pm 3/13/15 1:22pm

Measles Could Cause More Deaths Than Ebola In West Africa

West Africa's Ebola outbreak could be stanched by mid-year – but in the epidemic's wake, another public health crisis looms. Disruption of the region's already feeble health care systems has derailed health campaigns targeting childhood diseases, leaving the door wide open for measles and other preventable illnesses. » 3/12/15 12:50pm 3/12/15 12:50pm

The Invisible Gas Floating This Boat Might Get Injected In Your Eye

This video shows you a fun and popular demonstration of the power of sulfur hexafluoride. The gas makes a tinfoil boat float, seemingly on nothing. It's a reminder that the substance we think of as "thin air" can exert pressure. Which is why this gas might get injected into your eyeball. » 3/12/15 7:40am 3/12/15 7:40am

New "Senolytic" Drugs Can Dramatically Increase Healthy Lifespan

Researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the Mayo Clinic have developed a new class of drugs that were shown to significantly slow the aging process in animal models. Remarkably, dramatic improvements were noticeable just days after treatment. » 3/11/15 2:30pm 3/11/15 2:30pm

New Vaccine Proven Effective Against Genital And Oral Herpes Viruses

An unconventional take on vaccine design has been shown to protect mice against HSV-1 and HSV-2, the two most common forms of herpes that cause cold sores and genital ulcers, respectively. » 3/11/15 12:20pm 3/11/15 12:20pm

Study: Booze Consumption Changes Dramatically Over A Person's Lifetime

A recently published analysis combined data from nine studies to create the "life course trajectories of alcohol consumption" for folks in the UK. The study marks the first attempt at estimating, from longitudinal data, how our drinking habits change with age. » 3/10/15 3:59pm 3/10/15 3:59pm

Why ResearchKit Is the Most Exciting Thing Apple Announced Yesterday

Apple announced several things yesterday, but ResearchKit, the company's new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people's lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve… » 3/10/15 1:08pm 3/10/15 1:08pm

See The Wellcome Trust's Best Science Photos Of The Year

The finalists of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced. From insectoid eyes and cat tongues to curved spines and boll weevils, here are the most spectacular science photos of the past year. » 3/09/15 8:00am 3/09/15 8:00am