Chemists at MIT have designed nanoparticles that can deliver three different cancer drugs at once, and release them in response to three different trigger mechanisms. This, say researchers, could lead to better treatments that kill cancer cells without the side effects of more conventional chemotherapy. Read more
Herbal supplements and other non-vitamin dietary supplements are the most commonly used alternative or complementary medicines in the U.S, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
A group of researchers climbed Mount Everest to get a better understanding of the role low oxygen levels play in the development of type 2 diabetes. They noted that the lack of blood oxygen atop the world's highest mountain is not dissimilar from what obese people experience at sea level. Read more
- SLICE OF HISTORY
Working in his lab on a Friday afternoon, a Swiss chemist named Albert Hoffmann accidentally comes into contact with LSD and soon becomes the first person to experience strange hallucinations from the drug. He feels dizzy enough to go home and after he lies down, as Hoffman would later write, he sinks into a “not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination.” Hoffman, who worked for Sandoz Pharmaceutical, had actually synthesized the drug five years earlier with the hope that it could be used to treat respiratory problems. That didn’t work out, but what Hoffman created turned out to be one of the drugs of choice of the hippie counterculture in the U.S, during the 1960s. Read more