Most of the drugs we use today came from plants originally. Although science has gotten better at treating and preventing illness, we are still in demand for new, effective medications. Bioprospecting is the term that describes this process, and is an ever important part of medical advancement in the 21st century.
Typhoid fever has been around for a very long time, but for the past 70 years, we’ve had antibiotics to manage it.
With a new strain emerging in Pakistan, scientists are beginning to fear falling back to the pre-antibiotic era with potentially devastating global implications.
Many people have heard about the ketogenic diet, but not many understand how it is or why someone would do it. This article breaks the ketogenic diet apart and interprets how it’s gotten some of its health claims.
What's the deal with B vitamins? Can they really improve cognitive function?
Elder has been used to treat upper respiratory tract infections for hundreds of years. Only in recent times, however, have we really begun investigating the mechanisms of how elder works so well for treating these conditions. Here, we have a look at the phytochemical makeup of elder, and how it has such a strong inhibitory effect on the influenza virus.
Most of us that fall ill from influenza will recover within a few days. For some, however, the infection can lead to much more serious complications like pneumonia and death. What medications are available? What are their strenghts and weakensses?
For all of human history we have been plagued by viruses. Influenza has been especially virulent over the past 100 years, and has lead to what has been deemed "the worst catastrophy in human history". How does influenza infect us and make us sick? What are the risks of influenza catastrophy in the future? Is there anything we can do to stop it?
Ayahuasca is a blend of 2 Amazonian plants, brewed to produce one of the most psychoactive substances in the world. It's commonly used in the treatment of drug addiction, chronic depression, and anxiety disorders but has also seen a surge in global interest for non-medical reasons.
Altitude sickness, otherwise known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a condition caused by the low oxygen concentration that comes with high elevations. There are a number of different strategies available for reducing the instances of altitude sickness for the mountaineer.
Here we discuss how AMS occurs, and ways to treat or prevent it when venturing high into the mountains.
We love caffeine... we drink it every day in our coffee, tea, and yerba maté... pretty much all day actually. But it's a common misconception that caffeine will make you smarter. Here we look at the chemistry and pharmacology behind caffeine and why is doesn't make us smarter... fortunately, it does give us something however...