Smartphone Cameras Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections Right at Home

Ear infections, the number one reason parents take kids to the doctor, are an exceedingly common and exceedingly annoying fact of life. But a new smartphone app and accessory could help ease the irritation (of going to to the doctor's on a false alarm) by promising to diagnose ear infections right from home. » 12/18/14 11:30am 12/18/14 11:30am

A Scientific Defense of Santa's Weight

"Santa's behaviour and public image are at odds with contemporary accepted public health messages," argues a British Medical Journal editorial written by Dr. Scrooge and colleagues. Given Santa's tremendous popularity, particularly among children, the authors of the editorial argue the public should become aware of… » 12/18/14 6:30am 12/18/14 6:30am

The Flu Shot Isn’t a Good Match This Year. Is It Ever?

The CDC announced recently that this year's flu vaccine is missing a key strain, one that accounts for 48% of what's circulating. That strain, a "drifted" version of H3N2, was discovered in March 2014, but the vaccine strains for the Northern hemisphere, including the US, had been decided a month earlier. (The… » 12/16/14 5:15am 12/16/14 5:15am

Welcome to the Era of Virtual Reality Workout Programs

What's better than doing your workout routine in your crappy, dank apartment? Oh, I dunno, how about doing your workout routine in a villa on the beach? Or on top of a beautiful hillside? Or what the hell why not, in the middle of a black hole? Well, that day is coming, and Runastic of Oculus VR is a sneak peek. » 12/15/14 8:00am 12/15/14 8:00am

Remember the 90s Panic That Power Lines Caused Cancer?

"The potential danger from EM fields is making millions of human beings into test animals," Ted Koppel solemnly intones in a 1990 Nightline report on electromagnetic fields from power lines. But two decades and hundreds of studies later, there has been no great cancer epidemic caused by power lines. Why did we get so… » 12/01/14 4:42pm 12/01/14 4:42pm

Cows With Human Chromosomes Can Now Make Human Antibodies 

Cows are big hulking creatures—not so great for tipping over while drunk, but great for turning into living factories that make massive quantities of antibodies. Scientists have inserted a modified human chromosome to cows that can now make human antibodies for hantavirus. Other deadly disease like Ebola and MERS… » 11/26/14 7:00pm 11/26/14 7:00pm

Every Walgreens Is About to Offer Cheap, Painless Blood Tests 

As part of Walgreens' recent initiative to be a "leader in healthcare technology," the company is teaming up with Silicon Valley health startup Theranos to offer cheap, needle-free blood tests. What's more, the service will soon be coming to a drugstore near you, as they're planning to expand it to all 8,200 locations. » 11/18/14 10:13am 11/18/14 10:13am