Everyone has pretended to be sick, at least once, to get out of some sort of obligation or to convince our parents to let us stay home from school. Many animals do the opposite. They pretend to be well, when they're actually in great danger from poor health.
Illness is a powerful force in evolution, pushing animals to evolve a suite of behaviors - "sickness behaviors" - to help them get over those illnesses more efficiently. For a long time, doctors thought that they were just side effects of being sick, but in recent decades researchers have increasingly come to…
Between fevers, congestion and diarrhea, there are numerous ways that microbes can make us feel sick. But just how do microorganisms cause these symptoms?
Written and directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson, the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary Under Our Skin explores and exposes one of our nation's most threatening and least regarded epidemic illnesses: Lyme disease.
A single man—poultry tycoon Austin J. DeCoster—was responsible for this year's salmonella outbreak that sickened almost 2,000 people across 22 states, and forced a recall of half a billion eggs. How did it get to this point?
One of the first things we noticed when Steve Jobs came out on stage was that he was noticeably thinner than he was in previous events. We were vaguely concerned since he's had a recent history of what could be considered pretty severe health problems, but it looks like it's just a "common bug" says Apple PR. At age…
For people too obese to get out of bed comes the abdominal fat-measuring machine. Tanita's AB-101 zones in on the fat around your midriff and then, thanks to a scanning process similar to X-rays, can tell you whether you should be looking for something in the outsize department of Caskets R Us.