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Filtered by tag: Pharmaceutical

IT'S AN INSIDE JOB

Published on: 7 September 2017

Black-market organ transplants performed by microbot

Dateline: 6 September 2027

The WHO (World Health Organization) predicts an increase in illegal surgeries and black-market organ transplants because of the increasing capability of medical microbots. They are designed for patients to swallow, as if it were a pill made out of digestible enzymes. Fitted with tiny microblades or needles, they quickly move to clean blocked arteries, detect disease and treat cancer. Microbots are also useful for delivering medication to specific parts of the body and addressing hormone or metabolic ...

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THE BLIND CAN SEE AND THE DEAF CAN HEAR

Published on: 31 August 2017 1 Comment

New technologies open up the world for previously disabled

Dateline: 30 July 2020

Millions of people around the globe suffer from deafness and blindness - but that will soon end; and when it comes to helping the deaf, we have to thank Siri, Apple's digital assistant! Early experiments showed that transplanting stem cells into the eyes of rats with damaged retinas cured blindness. Now scientists are using the same technology to repair diseases which commonly cause deteriorating sight in humans, namely glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. In fact, thanks to ...

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SMART NANOBOTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Published on: 22 December 2016

Keeping you healthy - from the inside

Dateline: 21 December 2023

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an ingestible nanobot called 'Nanoboy', which I found wrapped up under the tree. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away, but now it will be Nanoboy who keeps me out of the GP's office (or off his iPhone screen, if you're a fan of telehealth). This little wonder is so intelligent, it will alert me on my phone if my organs need help or any cells are going mad. Instead of having to go for my annual check-up, I will be pinged the ...

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FIRST COMPANY TO BAN SMART DRUGS DESPITE PROFIT RISK

Published on: 15 September 2016

Global firm says "No thanks, we're good" in a new world of ethical dilemmas

Dateline: 4 May 2026

To boost the brain, or not to boost the brain? That's the latest differentiating factor that is dividing clients and determining their choice of service providers. No one is sure exactly how the nut should be cracked, but in the most progressive markets some executives are already taking a stand. The German engineering firm AUB has implemented pioneering policies relating to the (non)-use of brain enhancing drugs at work. Their belief? Increased productivity and innovation is necessary and very ...

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TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N ROLL, BUT TOO YOUNG TO DIE

Published on: 26 November 2015 5 Comments

The agony of being in your 120s

Dateline: 20 December 2027

It's tough being 122. If you thought puberty or being a twenty-something was challenging, just wait until you get to 120-something! You've got the body of a 90-year-old; so what? It's still an effort to get out of bed, and those neuroprosthetic implants keep your mind sharp, but the constant software updates are literally giving you headaches. Slowing and reversing physical aging has become more than a science - now it's an industry, and once you're on that bandwagon, you're hooked for (the rest of ...

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WILL WE MOVE FROM SUPER-PETS TO SUPER-HUMANS?

Published on: 12 November 2015 1 Comment

Row as scientists suggest using animal DNA editing for humans

Dateline: 27 March 2018

A furious ethical row has reignited after Chinese and North Korean scientists proposed applying gene-editing techniques used to create 'super-pets' to humans. Opinions are loudly divided over whether the new technology will help eradicate dread diseases - or create a feared 'super-race'. This follows the announcement in 2015 that scientists at the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health were creating extra-muscular beagle dogs, ostensibly for ...

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MUTANT GENE SAVES RHINO

Published on: 15 October 2015 3 Comments

Endangered species saved from extinction by genetic modification

Dateline: 8 October 2024

A decade ago, the African rhino was threatened with extinction as poaching escalated every year. Demand for rhino horn reached an all-time high in 2016, and poachers, desperate for instant riches, risked their lives to kill the remaining animals in South Africa's national parks. Powdered rhino horn is highly prized in east Asia for its mythical medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities - all false; but now it's an important status symbol in newly affluent Chinese and Vietnamese communities. Private rhino ...

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214 SUCCESSFUL TRANSFUSIONS DESPITE HUMAN BLOOD SHORTAGE

Published on: 30 July 2015 1 Comment

Artificial blood saves earthquake victims

Dateline: 17 April 2021

"We're out of blood," was the chilling statement released by Sichuan University School of Medicine in Chengdu. 4,700 people were left homeless following the earthquake which struck Chengdu yesterday. Rescuers and volunteers are still working through the rubble of the Tianfu Times Tower, but Chengdu's hospitals are overwhelmed. "We called for blood donors," says Doctor Wang Changjiang, "but we can't process the blood fast enough to meet our needs." Despite this critical shortage, no-one has ...

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ROLLING BACK THE MARCH OF TIME

Published on: 18 June 2015

When does a ripe old age become too much of a good thing?

Dateline: 31 May 2024

It has become easier and easier to disguise your real age. You can take away your wrinkles by visiting a plastic surgeon or appoint a personal trainer to keep your body in shape. You can play Sudoku all day long to keep the neurons engaged, and follow a healthy eating plan. But you couldn't roll back the clock. Until now. Scientists are currently in the final stages of testing a drug called Glycorapamycin during human trials. In mice and dogs, the drug proved its power by slowing - and even ...

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NEW CHILL PILL TO FIX SOCIETY

Published on: 4 June 2015

Dopamine hailed as the new weapon in the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour

Dateline: 1 June 2021

In 2019, Lyla Roberts was assaulted at a bus stop in London. A bystander recorded the incident and posted it online, instead of intervening. The title of the post: "5 star entertainment! Who needs the movies!?" Roberts spent four months in a coma before being declared brain dead. It shocked the world, but has also inspired a pharmaceutical breakthrough. The newly released drug is called Lyla and is grounded in years of research which also produced an oxytocin-inducing nasal spray. Lyla works by ...

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EXERCISE GENIE IN A BOTTLE

Published on: 15 January 2015

Beating obesity one drink at a time

Dateline: 15 March 2026

In the race for the perfect health and energy drink, Eltsen will go down in history as the ultimate winner. Eltsen has figured out how to stimulate the main enzyme that regulates the human metabolism, which in effect means that people can burn fat without having to engage in strenuous exercise. A 30-minute jog can be replaced by one glass of EGIAB (Exercise Genie In A Bottle) and 10 minutes of YouTube aerobics. About 10 years ago we saw people hydrating themselves with smart drinks which boosted ...

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HAPPY NEWS YEAR

Published on: 1 January 2015

Come on and let's get happy, we're going to chase those blues away

Dateline: 1 January 2019

Scientists have discovered the secret to happiness, and it's all in the genes. Buried in the sequence of 'junk' DNA that all humans possess in their genome, is a latent genetic trigger for joy. It just needs to be switched on. We've known for ages that people get turned on to happiness in different ways. Sometimes it's just great weather and sunshine; or laughter and good company. Your happiness gene can be triggered by endorphins from a workout, or stimulated by good food, fine wine, or something ...

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WONDER WINE AND MAGIC SALADS

Published on: 14 August 2014 3 Comments

Modified crops produce food and drink with that feel-good factor

Dateline: 26 July 2017

It's unusual for innovation in California to develop outside of Silicon Valley, but this time it's Napa Valley that's making the headlines. Vineyards and farms in the area are causing a storm among foodies with their products that give you a 'natural' high. Since marijuana was legalized across half the United States, it's easy enough to add some weed to your muffins and brownies. But Napa vintners have taken it a step further, grafting vines to both traditional rootstock and cannabis plants. The ...

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ARTIFICIAL BURNING OF MIDNIGHT OIL TAINTS GLOBAL EXPO

Published on: 17 July 2014

Winner disqualified after evidence of cognitive enhancement revealed

Dateline: 14 March 2029

Tired, but healthy, students and professionals have been buying Ritalin and the brain enhancing drug Modafinil illegally for more than a decade, but this type of doping or cheating is going up a notch. Just ask Jack McCloskey. McCloskey, a 32-year-old male from Manhattan, has been disqualified from winning the Global Medical Science Expo, hosted by the World Health Organization every year. It has been established that he was making use of an implanted memory chip that gave him immediate access to ...

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DRUG INDUSTRY DISRUPTED BY ELECTRONICS

Published on: 26 June 2014

Nervous system delivers virtual drugs to combat arthritis

Dateline: 21 September 2020

Inflammatory afflictions like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease used to be treated with drugs - painkillers, steroids or genetically engineered proteins - expensive, hard to administer and with sometimes lethal side effects. Yesterday the US Federal Drug Administration approved a new procedure that sees chip-controlled electricity delivered to the vagus nerve to reproduce the drugs' anti-inflammatory reactions. Since late in the 1990s researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical ...

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VIRTUAL HUMAN FOR DIGITAL DOC

Published on: 12 June 2014 3 Comments

Whole-body simulation lets the computer prescribe the best treatment

Dateline: 23 June 2023

A UK team has announced it has completed building a fully computer-simulated human physiology for personalised healthcare. The Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield managed to engineer a simulation of the human body so true to life, that it can be used to test and optimize medical therapy. The Virtual Physiological Human dubbed "SimPhy" acts as a software defined virtual patient on which doctors and researchers can experiment with impunity. By entering the parameters of your medical ...

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GAME OF CLONES

Published on: 29 May 2014 1 Comment

It's patents versus patients as biotech giants fight to dominate the stem cell industry

Dateline: 16 June 2023

In the world of biotech, genetic engineering and regenerative medicine there's a magic holy grail: stem cells on demand. And like the holy grail, stem cells promise to cure all ills, and grant indefinite life to the worthy, and wealthy. The best stem cells to enhance your health are your own, taken at the embryonic stage, or grown by transforming your adult cells with genetic programming. Stem cells can be programmed to clone a variety of tissues and organs, providing replacement parts for your ...

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THAT'S NO COUGH, IT'S BIOTERROR

Published on: 6 February 2014 1 Comment

Contagion has a whole new meaning

Dateline: 24 September 2017

We had bird flu and swine flu, but the latest 'flu' will have you reaching for more than a tissue. Terrorists are moving away from the destruction of physical objects like shopping malls and office towers to the destruction of living beings by deliberately spreading viral epidemics. That's enough to make anyone sick. We have successfully mapped the full human genome. Pharmaceutical companies have been posting virology problems online - and getting solutions - for quite some time. Innovators ...

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$12b HAYFEVER INDUSTRY TURMOIL

Published on: 28 November 2013

A heath-care revolution as seasonal allergy sufferers turn to new biotech solutions

Dateline: 12 May 2016

In one of the biggest revolutions in self-administered health care, the traditional hayfever industry seems to have gone from boom to bust in just three years. Despite the fact we have seen the worst and longest hayfever seasons ever, the players who were dominant in the $12 billion industry in 2013 have lost up to 80% of their markets since then. Although the industry today is estimated to be about the same value 2013, three new companies have cornered more than half the market in the past few ...

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THE SMART FACE OF HEALTHCARE

Published on: 28 February 2013 8 Comments

Virtual hospitals are reinventing medicine

Dateline: 14 January 2018

Yessirree, things sure ain't what they used to be! Just take the new hospital in town...not a patient in sight! That's because the new high-tech hospitals don't have patients. Instead, they have a small but highly-skilled medical team, backed by top-class technicians, and a bewildering array of technology. And they can be anywhere in the world. The patients are right where they ought to be - at home, or at worst, when serious medical intervention is required, in a nearby specialized clinic for a ...

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