Today’s Solutions: June 12, 2024

Transforming Tylenol: a susta

Transforming Tylenol: a sustainable path without coal tar or crude oil

Paracetamol, the omnipresent pain reliever found in countless households worldwide, may soon radically adjust its manufacturing method. For more than a century, this medicine, known as acetaminophen in the United States and Japan, has been manufactured using chemicals derived from coal tar or crude Read More...

Cancer detection breakthrough

Cancer detection breakthrough revealed via butterfly-inspired imaging

In the world of sensory perception, other creatures frequently outperform humans. A research team has created an imaging sensor that looks into the elusive ultraviolet (UV) spectrum by drawing inspiration from the Papilio xuthus butterfly's sophisticated visual system. This groundbreaking method, Read More...

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Shopping cart handles are an unexpected ally in the fight against heart arrhythmia

Liverpool John Moores University researchers fitted a device into the handles of shopping trolleys to monitor for atrial fibrillation (AF), a common heart arrhythmia related to an increased risk of stroke. This novel method allows people to monitor their cardiac rhythm while doing their normal Read More...

Over-the-counter contraception

Over-the-counter contraception pills: A radical shift towards convenient contraception

In an encouraging development, two FDA advisory panels unanimously agreed to recommend the approval of Opill (generic name: norgestrel), an over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill. While the FDA makes its final decision, the possible consequences of over-the-counter birth control tablets are Read More...

A young woman diabetic patient using insulin pen for making an insulin injection at home. 

Millions to benefit from drugmaker Eli Lilly's $35 cap on monthly insulin

Last Wednesday, drug producer Eli Lilly announced that the out-of-pocket cost of its insulin will be capped at $35 per month. According to experts, the action could lead other U.S. insulin manufacturers to follow. The adjustment, which Eli Lilly says is effective immediately, brings the Read More...

woman holding iPhone with TikTok app logo on the screen.

TikTok users offer haven to those seeking out-of-state abortions

Now that the Supreme Court has decided to overturn Roe v Wade, many pregnant people will be forced to travel far and wide to access proper healthcare. This does not only include individuals who reside in states that choose to restrict or ban abortion but to those who live in states that maintain a Read More...

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Oregon Senate is getting ahead of the next heat wave

Last summer, in June, western North America experienced an unprecedented heatwave that killed more than 500 people across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Canada. To prevent this tragedy from repeating itself this year, lawmakers in Oregon are preparing themselves for another scorching summer Read More...

September 28, 2020 In the center of Bogotá, several feminist collectives and organizations met in the framework of the Global Action Day for access to Legal abortion

Reproductive justice: Colombia decriminalizes abortion

Following in the footsteps of Latin American countries such as Mexico and Argentina, Colombia’s constitutional court ruled five against four to decriminalize abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, as reported by The Guardian.  Prior to this motion, abortion in Colombia was only Read More...

Ke Wu, a PhD student in BU’s department of mechanical engineering, demonstrates a new magnetic metamaterial device intended to be used in conjunction with MRI machines to boost the quality of brain scans.

Eccentric helmet may be the future of brain scans

We love reporting the latest cutting-edge medical inventions here at The Optimist Daily. In the past few months, we’ve written about an antibiotic-resistant sensor that drastically reduces diagnosis time and a magnetic device for better prosthetic limb control. This time we want to tell you about Read More...

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The benefits of shifting healthcare from hospital to home

In today’s world, we've gotten accustomed to being able to do things at the touch of a button. Having our groceries delivered to our door, renewing driver’s licenses, and completing degrees through online platforms are tasks that would not have been accomplished remotely just one or two Read More...