Chas Smith

Addiction: When ‘want’ becomes ‘need’

Addiction has classically been defined as the excessive use of a harmful drug despite its consequences, along with the inability to stop at will. This occurs when an individual’s desire for the short-term positive effects of the drug outweighs the consequences of its long-term negative effects [1]. Prolonged use of many drugs causes dependence – 

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Why do adult brains struggle to learn a new language?

Critical periods exist extensively across the animal kingdom. ‘Imprinting’, for example, is a phenomenon whereby newly-hatched birds must interact with their mothers within a short ‘critical period’ in order to successfully identify them as their parent [1]. A critical period for ocular development has also been identified in multiple species, including humans [2]. One of

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How a genuine human gene got named after Sonic the Hedgehog

 Here at Get Animated! Medical, one of our specialities is game-based learning – an effective way of making science education more engaging and memorable. However, you may not know that this isn’t the first time science and video games have been blended together. Located on chromosome 7 of every human genome is the sonic hedgehog

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Photopharmacology – Lighting the Path for Endless Possibilities

One of the main issues for modern pharmacology is the inability to control a drug’s activity in space or time after administration, leading to deficient efficacy and the presence of off-target side effects. This is something that the pharmaceutical industry seems to have completely forgotten about – perhaps because a huge proportion of the drug-development

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Frog skin. A slimy surface you don’t really want to touch… or the next high-tech plaster and a new cancer treatment?

Methods to speed up wound healing have been a hot topic over the years and scientists are continuously looking for ways to fast track the body’s ability to migrate and replenish cells [1]. One unique method that has been proven to be extraordinarily effective is the use of frog skin. This idea originated from the

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