A new study by a team of researchers in Houston suggests that at least one in 20 adults in the U.S.--or 12 million people a year--may be misdiagnosed when they see their doctor. Read more
Teenagers who at some point in their lives have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, are nearly three times as likely to attempt suicide and are also more likely to be victims of bullying at school, concludes a new study. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
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
- 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