Spam Drugs Are Killing People and No One Is Doing Anything About It

Open your spam folder right now and there's almost certainly a grammatically questionable spam email offering you V1agra or C1al1s. But while you know that any pills procured from shady online retailers aren't regulated, apparently some people can't stop buying them. Brian Krebs reports that the problem is out of… » 12/17/14 10:58am 12/17/14 10:58am

Would You Swallow a Pill Covered in Needles Instead of Getting a Shot?

After the first shudder, it sounds even more terrifying: a pill coated with tiny needles that injects you from the inside of your intestine. But the scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital who developed the capsule say that these swallowable microneedles could be a new (and painless!) way to deliver… » 10/01/14 1:03pm 10/01/14 1:03pm

The Hilariously Scientific MinusIQ Pill That Makes Smart People Dumber…

Do you ever feel like the rest of the world is so dumb? And it's not that you're especially smart, it's just that people are just so dumb. Do they enjoy being dumb? Have they ever thought about being smart? Of course not! Because being dumb is fun. Being dumb means you don't have to be self aware anymore. Being dumb… » 3/21/13 11:00pm 3/21/13 11:00pm

Firefighters Can Take Smart-Pills That Report Back Important Data About…

Firefighters run into flaming buildings for a living, It's not exactly what you might call a safe job. And while they can tell generally how they're doing by noting whether or not they are on fire at any given time, there's a lot more nuance to keeping track of other aspects of their health. That's where data… » 1/20/13 2:07pm 1/20/13 2:07pm

Aspergers Is Gone: How 20 Years of Psychiatry Has Just Been Rewritten

The American Psychiatric Association has just approved revisions to the manual used to diagnose the things that go bump in your soul. The first revision of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in twenty years dictates who gets treatment and how it is treated for the foreseeable future. There are… » 12/03/12 10:18am 12/03/12 10:18am

Why Some Pills Are Little White Discs and Others Are Big Red Torpedoes

Pills, they're the answer to every one of life's little problems, or so the pharmaceutical companies would like us to think. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours, but have you ever thought about why? Why are some boring white and round, while others are bright pink and look like a torpedo? » 10/17/12 6:49am 10/17/12 6:49am

Watch and Learn Everything About the Amazing Placebo Effect

The placebo effect is so strange and mysterious, how can fake pills trick ourselves out into feeling better? This video explains all the interesting properties of a placebo, like how one placebo can be half as effective as aspirin while another placebo can be half as effective as morphine. Watch it. [Laughing Squid] » 10/05/11 12:40pm 10/05/11 12:40pm