A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps—and more than doubles its cocaine appetite. Read More >>

“It’s Not Cybersex, I’m Showing it to a Doctor” as Skype GP Visits Set to Become the Norm

Doctors in the UK may soon start consulting with patients remotely, with the government putting plans into place that could see younger and more forward-thinking GPs able to consult with younger and more forward-thinking patients via video chat tools. Read More >>

Psychedelic Happy Drugs in “May Beat Depression” Shock

Some scientists have been mucking about with the brains of depressed people, merrily feeding them notorious animal tranquilliser and mind-bending floaty/paralysis party drug ketamine to see what happens. Rather unsurprisingly, they felt a bit better about themselves after emerging from their medically induced k-holes. Read More >>

Migraine-Beating Brain EMP Approved for NHS Headache Sufferers

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, a group that determines what treatments are made available to us on the NHS, has approved a magnetic brain massage system known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. To treat migraines. Read More >>

Portable “Sink Plunger” CPR Machine Kept Heart Attack Victim Alive for Two Hours

Sean Doyle spent couple of hours being technically dead back in May, with only a newly commissioned automated heart massage unit affectionately referred to as a sink plunger keeping the blood flowing to his brain and hopes of recovery alive. And yes, he's fine. Read More >>

The Placebo Effect May Be Genetic

The placebo effect seems to make little sense: get ill, take a dummy pill, and you'll recover in much the same way as someone taking real drugs. While there have been many theories bandied about over the years to explain how it works, new evidence suggests that it may be genetic. Read More >>

Breast Cancer Is Actually Ten Different Diseases

For years, we've been treating breast cancer as a single disease. But a new study has reclassified it into ten separate sub-diseases, all with different genetic features — which could transform the way women are diagnosed and treated. Read More >>

Ultrasound Treatment Cures Prostate Cancer Perfectly Nine Times in Ten

A new treatment, using highly focused ultrasound, effectively kills cancerous prostate tumours nine times out of ten. What's more, the technique produces virtually no side effects and means patients only have to spend a single evening in hospital. Read More >>

Fleet of Buses Will Cure Your Hangover With IV Treatment

If you are ok with taking a 45-minute intravenous treatment to eliminate your hangover, rejoice: a new service in Las Vegas will do exactly that. You can hop in one of their buses or call them to your hotel room. Read More >>