Dara Mohammadi is a freelance science writer based in London
Towards a smarter insulinSubscription
Scientists want to make a type of insulin that would need to be injected only once a day and would become active only in the presence of high glucose concentrations, freeing patients with type 1 diabetes from counting carbohydrates and injecting insulin several times a day.
Several companies are working on drone technology to deliver medical supplies, including rabies vaccinations in Rwanda and hospital supplies in Switzerland. However, there are concerns about the practicalities of using drones to deliver medicines, not least the perception of drones as alien or military machines. Drones have a difficult path ahead, but there are enough instances where the case for their use is undeniable.
Some athletes are willing to take huge risks by using drugs to gain a competitive advantage. But anti-doping scientists are working hard to improve detection methods and develop new strategies to ensure a fair competition and to protect athletes’ health.
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