Virtually Painless

Will the next pain relief solution come in three-D? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For many patients, hospitals mean pain. Needle pricks! Broken bones! Tonsillectomies! Physicians want to make each stay more pleasant. But prescribing pain medication can backfire with severe side effects. Doctors

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.

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

DVD Extras

Is a new aid in treating heart disease. . . Netflix? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Streaming movies on demand has killed the D-V-D. What to do with the old disks? You only need so many suncatchers, right? Enter Hua-Zhong Yu’s team at the

Spidery Surgery

Shooting webs! Climbing walls! What else can Spiderman do? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Broken bones are the worst! Fortunately, bone tissue can regrow. Installing metal plates can help support bone growth. But metal can be irritating – isn’t there a better way? Maybe!

Hidden Brain

If your eyes are the window to your soul, what’s the window to your brain? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many people suffer from diseases that require brain surgery to treat and monitor. Unfortunately, brain surgery requires an open skull – risky and complex!

Miracle Diet

Next time you’re at the pharmacy – ask for bacon! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh down on Science. Ketogenic diets are all the rage. Who doesn’t want to eat more bacon? But slashing carbs and eating lots of fat does more than trim waistlines. Doctors have noticed

Laser Vision

Want better vision? How about. . . squishing your eyeballs? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Eye shape is the key to perfect vision. But most of us have eyes as wonky as a Picasso portrait. Lasik eye surgery fixes vision by reshaping the eye’s

The Sweetest (Blood) Vessel

A spoonful of sugar helps the blood vessels take form! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many patients wait for years for a donor organ. If they get lucky? They’ll have to take medication to prevent rejection for the rest of their lives. These troubles

Smartphone Psychiatry

Think you need a professional to tell if you’re depressed? Maybe your cell phone can help! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. A new study shows that data from smart phones – such as minutes used and caller location – can be used to identify