Can science break its plastic addiction?
Gloves, sample tubes, bottles and vials – the world’s labs produce millions of tonnes of waste each year. Alice Bell meets the scientists who are finding less polluting ways to work.
If a medicine is too expensive, should a hospital make its own?
When the price of an essential medicine rose to an unacceptable level, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do – start making it herself.
How do you leave a warning that lasts as long as nuclear waste?
Burying radioactive waste is widely seen as the safest way to dispose of it. Researchers are exploring how we tell future generations about the decisions we make today.
How France is persuading its citizens to get vaccinated
One in three French people think vaccines are unsafe, but across the country vaccine coverage is rising. A look at how France is fighting back against vaccine scepticism.
How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp
A million Rohingya refugees in crowded shelters with poor sanitation – ideal conditions for infections to spread. Here’s how to stop these deadly outbreaks.
The man who is ageing too fast
Nobuaki Nagashima has Werner syndrome, which causes his body to age at super speed. This condition is teaching us more about what controls our genes, and could eventually help us find a way to slow ageing – or stop it altogether.
The unexpected effects of the HIV prevention pill
PrEP is great at blocking HIV, but as its use grows, so do fears that people will be more sexually reckless and spread other STIs. But researchers are coming to think that the opposite could be true.
Fake drugs: the global industry putting your life at risk
The manufacture and distribution of medicines is a global industry, tainted by fake and substandard products. Not only might these drugs not work as expected, but some are even contributing to antimicrobial resistance. So, what’s in your medicine cabinet?
Wherever you are, time is running out for treating gonorrhoea
Two-thirds of countries have reported gonorrhoea cases that resist all known antibiotics. Now scientists are trying to hold the line against the disease as they look for a new way to treat it.
What can we learn when a clinical trial is stopped?
An early halt to a trial of deep brain stimulation for depression reveals little about the treatment but more about the changing nature of clinical trials.