Measles Could Cause More Deaths Than Ebola In West Africa

West Africa's Ebola outbreak could be stanched by mid-year – but in the epidemic's wake, another public health crisis looms. Disruption of the region's already feeble health care systems has derailed health campaigns targeting childhood diseases, leaving the door wide open for measles and other preventable illnesses. » 3/12/15 12:50pm 3/12/15 12:50pm

Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988)

Roald Dahl – author of such books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda – lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in 1962. Twenty-six years later, he penned a cogent and gut-wrenching plea to parents, urging them have their children vaccinated against the disease. » 1/31/15 2:00pm 1/31/15 2:00pm

Researchers Have Identified The Origin Of The AIDS Pandemic

An international team of researchers has traced the "epidemic ignition" of HIV/AIDS to 1920s Kinshasa, what is now the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. » 10/04/14 12:15pm 10/04/14 12:15pm

Why We Still Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine

Yesterday, the CDC confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US. The patient, who recently traveled to Liberia, is now isolated in a Dallas hospital. With containment efforts challenging West Africa, and US officials searching for anyone who came in contact with the Dallas patient, where is the Ebola vaccine? » 10/01/14 10:42am 10/01/14 10:42am

CDC Statistics Show What Happens When You Don't Vaccinate

The latest figures: Between January 1 and August 29 of this year, nearly 600 confirmed measles cases were reported to the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The resurgence is the greatest the U.S. has seen since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000. » 9/06/14 9:00am 9/06/14 9:00am

Tracking an Ebola Outbreak in a City Without Maps

If you Google Map Guéckédou, the Guinean city smack dab in the Ebola virus's deadly domain right now, you'd see just an abstract blotch of beige and yellow. Zoom all the way in on satellite view, and you can barely make out the outlines of buildings. Don't even think about trying Street View. Google Maps simply… » 4/11/14 10:00am 4/11/14 10:00am

Astronomers Publish Study On Extraterrestrial Zombies

While some scientists fritter away their time searching for extraterrestrial life, two astronomers have performed a genuine public service for Earth by calculating the likely number of nearby planets inhabited by the undead. » 4/04/14 10:46am 4/04/14 10:46am

This tiny, wearable patch makes you invisible to mosquitos

A mosquito can detect the carbon dioxide emanating from a prospective meal from hundreds of feet away. The Kite Patch, a small, non-toxic sticker that you place on your clothing, can jam a mosquito's CO2 radar. Wear one, the patch's creators say, and you'll be effectively invisible to the bloodsuckers for up to 48… » 7/24/13 8:40am 7/24/13 8:40am

You're More Likely to Die on Your Birthday

Surrounded by friends and family, celebrating with good food and drink, birthdays are happy occasions that we all look forward to. But new research suggests that, of all days, we're most likely to die when we're celebrating the passing of another year of our life. » 6/11/12 9:18am 6/11/12 9:18am

You Are All Getting Cancer!

What else is new, right? But seriously, if like many of us you sit on your ass all day, your chances of cancer are higher than if you peppered your workday with, say, a Nerf war or a few push-ups. » 11/03/11 4:20pm 11/03/11 4:20pm