Rachel Brazil is a science writer based in London, UK
Smaller, smarter and more sensitive — how four new technologies could change the way drugs are monitored and administered.
While opioids are powerful painkillers, they come with dangerous side effects and carry a sometimes fatal risk of addiction. However, new, safer opioids are being developed using a variety of innovative strategies to maximise analgesic properties, while reducing the burden of side effects.
Photopharmacology: using light to activate drugsSubscription
Drugs that contain synthetic light-switching molecules could help target therapies to particular parts of the body, limiting side effects. Researchers have started using this approach to tackle blindness, cancer, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance, but questions remain about the clinical practicality of the field.
Nocebo: the placebo effect’s evil twin Subscription