What is Bioprospecting? Why is it Important?

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.

What is Typhoid Fever & Why Are Researchers So Worried About A Recent Outbreak In Pakistan?

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.

Elder For Influenza

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. 

How Does The Influenza Virus Make Us Sick?

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?

Understanding Ayahuasca

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.  

Introduction To Altitude Sickness

Introduction To Altitude Sickness

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. 

Caffeine Doesn't Make You Smarter

Caffeine Doesn't Make You Smarter

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...