drugs

Drugs Dictionary review

Drugs Dictionary features a great-looking interface and well-rendered images for almost all entries that show you what the drugs look like. This is a helpful app for those who want information on medications, but its database could do with an update.

Pros

Excellent interface: Drugs Dictionary's reference page lists not only the name of the drugs, but also includes a small image for almost all of them. The search is smooth, and the individual entry pages look clean, featuring only a small, unobtrusive ad at the top.

Comprehensive information: For the drugs in its database, entries are broken down … Read more

Drugs.com Medication Guide review

Drugs.com Medication Guide offers comprehensive information about prescription and over-the-counter drugs and packs handy features like Pill Identifier, Drugs by Condition, and Interactions Checker in a neat and appealing UI. The only downside to using this app is that it's full of ads.

Pros

Probably the best medication database for Android: Drugs.com Medication Guide features more than 24,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which means that even if you're looking for lesser-known names, you'll probably find them. What's more, apart from searching for drugs or browsing by name, you're also able to discover … Read more

The 404 1,450: Where we play by ear (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- That story of the marooned woman on a Hawaiian island getting saved thanks to Google Earth is totally fake.

- Chordify makes it easy to cover any song by transcribing sheet music from YouTube and Soundcloud links.

- Funk band games the Spotify system to fund upcoming nationwide tour.

- Virtual screaming babies squirm their way into teenage cellphones in new pregnancy campaign.… Read more

Supertiny sensors could improve antibiotics in the fight against superbugs

Among the most effective antibiotics are ones that work like termites eating away at the wooden walls of a structure -- only here the drugs are attacking the cell walls of bacteria until they collapse. Unfortunately, other molecules in a person's bloodstream can bind to those antibiotics and render them unable to help tear down the cell walls.

So says a researcher who's just helped develop nanoscale sensors that can determine how well an antibiotic is working by rapidly measuring the concentration of active antibodies in a blood sample.

Reporting in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers from the … Read more

How drug lord used fancy tech to evade authorities

If, like me, you got many of your images of drug lords from "Weeds," you'll imagine that they're nasty pieces of work.

But not necessarily that they're nasty pieces of nerd.

However, after the capture of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, authorities have begun to realize how he managed to remain untouchable for 13 years.

As The Associated Press reports, investigators admitted that they were, well, impressed with the countersurveillance gadgets Guzman had at his disposal.

He reportedly enjoyed transmitter-detecting scanners that weren't exactly available on Amazon.

These allowed … Read more

Could electronically controlled drugs reduce side effects?

It should go without saying that, when it comes to drugs -- legal or otherwise -- dose matters. Take too little and a drug can be ineffective; take too much and it can be lethal.

For years, researchers around the world have been working to build more targeted drug delivery systems that allow for more precise dosing tailored to a specific patient's specific needs. The hope is to avoid negative side effects (death among them) altogether.

Reporting in the journal ACS Nano, researchers led by Dr. Xinyan Tracy Cui at the University of Pittsburgh say their new approach allows them to electronically control the release of very specific amounts of drugs to certain parts of the body.… Read more

Alleged Silk Road creator indicted on 'kingpin' charges

The alleged operator of the online drug bazaar Silk Road, which was seized last October, has been indicted on four charges.

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara announced Tuesday that Ross Ulbricht, who allegedly went by the moniker "Dread Pirate Roberts," could now face a minimum of 30 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

The charges against Ulbricht include counts of narcotics conspiracy, continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering conspiracy. The "continuing criminal enterprise" charge, or "kingpin" … Read more

Perfect drug for perfect pitch? New study tests valproate

You're only as young as you think you are. But what if you could re-train your brain to absorb information as easily as a child can?

That's exactly what scientists testing the FDA-approved drug called valproate investigated in study of adults who had little or no musical training yet demonstrated some degree of absolute pitch, an ability to identify or produce the pitch of a musical sound without any reference point.

Absolute pitch, the scientists say, can only be acquired early in life.

Valproate is currently used to treat epileptic seizures, migraines, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. But scientists wanted to see if the drug had other neurological benefits. … Read more

Scientists inch closer to building a drug-delivering nanorobot

Scientists have been toying for years with creating tiny implants and nanorobots that could carry drugs to certain diseased cells. It is about as targeted as therapy can get, but at this point it's all a bit futuristic.

Within the confines of petri dishes, researchers are still tinkering. A new study is the first to demonstrate that a nanorobot, which the researchers are calling a DNA nanocage, can both encapsulate and release a biomolecule without degrading the cage itself -- and at a size small enough to keep the drugs trapped until they reach the end target.

The researchers … Read more

Review: 2014 Nursing Drug Handbook is loaded with data

The 2014 Nursing Drug Handbook features a comprehensive drug database full of information about any drug you can think of. It's organized just like an encyclopedia and presented in a really easy-to-read layout. Though it might be too expensive for the average consumer, it's a very powerful tool for medical professionals.

The 2014 Nursing Drug Handbook gives you information about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter drugs so you can learn their recommended dosages, side effects, generic names, and much more. While it offers a free version, many of the drugs are premium-only, so you'll need to use … Read more