Opioids by the numbers

The opioid crisis is now an epidemic that involves both prescribed and illicit drugs. Tackling it is more urgent than ever.

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Agency and the Algorithim

NATURE OUTLOOK As technologies that integrate the brain with computers become more complex, so too do the ethical issues that surround their use.

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Hormones United

AEON The hormone system works like a democracy: every tissue in the body is an endocrine organ asserting its needs and demands

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The growth of tea

NATURE OUTLOOK Genetic studies of today’s tea plants are providing clues to how the plant was first domesticated.

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Tipping the balance

NATURE OUTLOOK Many long-term diseases of the liver lead to scarring, or fibrosis, that restricts the organ’s functions. Evidence that fibrosis can regress has spurred the search for therapies that suppress scar-tissue formation to restore liver health.

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Gene therapy targets epilepsy

NATURE OUTLOOK Anti-seizure medication doesn’t work in every person with epilepsy. But a treatment option is emerging that would spare the need for brain surgery.

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Paris with my grandmother

READER’S DIGEST Liam Drew takes us along on his Parisian adventure with his grandmother and explores the importance of spending quality time with the people in your life

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Highs and Lows of Cannabinoid Research

TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS Since the discovery of an endogenous cannabinoid system, researchers have been seeking useful drugs that target that system - but developing new medicines has proed harder than anticipated.

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Drug development: Sprint finish

NATURE OUTLOOK Biotechnology start-ups and pharmaceutical giants alike are charging ahead to develop therapies for the most serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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