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Illness & Disease
Chronic

For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover?

Clayton Dalton

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Medical Research
Viral rescue

When antibiotics fail, could phage therapy succeed? The germ’s-eye view of infection might open up revolutionary treatments

Emily Monosson

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Medical Research
In cold blood

Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet?

Philip Jaekl

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Stories & Literature
Storyhealing

Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human

Gavin Francis

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Medicine
Nobody is normal

Are you average? Typical? Ideal? Adequate? The idea of ‘normal’ is a historical construct and it’s time we got rid of it

Jonathan Sholl

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Illness & Disease
A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

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Epidemiology
The Black Death

At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?

Wendy Orent

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Sleep & Dreams
Life in Circadia

The ticking of the bodyclock can help us fight cancer, safeguard our hearts, time our meals, and enhance our intelligence

Jessa Gamble

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Epidemiology
How plagues really work

The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities

Wendy Orent

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Chemistry
The power of fat

Human fat cells can be used to regenerate damaged hearts and ageing joints. So should we start piling on the pounds?

Jalees Rehman

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Consciousness & Altered States
Under the influence

How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?

Benjamin Breen