Rachel Brazil is a science writer based in London, UK
Binning the sharps: the quest for oral insulinSubscription
The pharmaceutical industry has been trying to develop oral formulations of insulin since the 1920s without success, but, over the past few years, several new oral delivery systems have shown promise in clinical trials.
Stopping whooping cough in its tracksSubscription
Whooping cough incidence is increasing in the UK, possibly owing to a change in vaccine type in 2004. Epidemiologists are working to develop solutions that could eventually eradicate the disease.
Nocebo: the placebo effect’s evil twin Subscription
The little-known nocebo effect, where negative expectations about treatment lead to side effects, can have a huge impact on clinical outcomes. It is important that healthcare professionals are aware of the nocebo effect and talk to patients about their medicines in a balanced way so as to try to minimise it.
Photopharmacology: using light to activate drugsSubscription