Slimy Solution

What’s slippery, slimy, and soon to be in your medicine cabinet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The answer? Sea snails, of course! Specifically, the Australian white rock sea snail. These escargot secrete a slime that has chemicals also found in prescription drugs. They’re called

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Better Bug Guts

Hah! Gotcha, pesky mosquito! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down On Science. Mosquitoes! They suck. Not only do they bite, but they can spread dangerous diseases like malaria. Some insecticides that USED to kill mosquitos aren’t effective anymore! What can we do to stop them? Flaminia Catteruccia

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Micro-Medicine

Hugs, not drugs. Wait, I mean, bugs on drugs! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. If you get sick, your doctor might write you a prescription. But not everyone responds to medicines in the same way. Prescriptions can be guess-and-check – expensive, and possibly even

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Three High Mice

If you give a mouse LSD…THEN what? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hallucinations are tricky to study. So it’s hard to develop effective treatments for disorders like schizophrenia. Giving people LSD to make them hallucinate? Probably a bad idea. Fortunately, it’s much easier, well,

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Painless Pill

Shots or pills? How about BOTH? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I would pick pills over shots any day! Easier to take and PAINLESS – hypodermic needles are scary!! But what about the drugs that HAVE to be injected? For those, Alex Abramson from

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Fashion Prescription

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to pregnancy prevention, the Pill is effective, but it’s not best for everyone. Some people have trouble remembering to take it regularly – in which case, it might not work!

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High Tide

Is there a 4:20 in the afternoon. . . for fish? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Headaches, depression, diabetes – our medicine cabinets are FULL of pills! And unfortunately, our bodies don’t fully absorb all the medications we take. The leftovers end up….um, in

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Viral Addiction

Has addiction gone VIRAL? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Retroviruses like HIV make us sick by inserting their genes into our cells. Usually, these genes cause cells to make new copies of the retrovirus. But occasionally, the genes mutate and can’t make new viruses.

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Motorized Meds

Medications, start your engines! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the last few years, scientists have developed biological micromotors for delivering drugs. They’re supposed to work like propellers, steering those healing medicinal molecules more quickly into your bloodstream. But there’s a problem. These motors

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