At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler,…
Health officials in California have opened an investigation into an incident that left three people dead and another five hospitalized after eating at a community Thanksgiving for “senior citizens, homeless, and people who would have otherwise been alone,” KTVU reports.
This week, an emergency room in the Pacific Northwest was briefly quarantined after five people—including two police officers and a hospital worker—experienced mysterious hallucinations from an unidentified illness believed to be spread by touch.
For the past several years, doctors have been sounding the alarm about the overuse of antibiotics. For all the concern, however, no one quite knew how much of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States were unnecessary—until now. And the problem goes even deeper than suspected.
Lawmakers in West Virginia are excited about new legislation that lifted a ban on raw milk. They’re so excited that they recently celebrated by drinking some raw milk. Now, many of those lawmakers are sick.
Does chicken soup really have healing powers? Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? And what's so special about garlic, anyway? This short video from AsapSCIENCE breaks down the science behind sick remedies that work (and don't).
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…
We've all been nagged about staying warm in the winter by a concerned elder: "You don't want to catch cold!" But that's absurd; everyone these days knows colds are only caused by viruses, right? Well, it's complicated.
Myth: Shocking someone who has flat-lined can get their heart started again.
Considering how terrible this year's flu is, odds are good that you've already become a languid pile of festering contagions. And in case you've managed to evade the virus thus far, get thee a flu shot ASAP, obviously—but then go work out. It may just double your chances of staying plague-free.
Everyone you know is sick, or getting sick, or they've become a lifeless husk of human skin full of flu germs where there was once organs and bones and blood. Don't believe it? Check out Google's influenza tracker, which shows just how massive this year's spike is.
While scientists increasingly understand the genetics of cancer, they've never been able to track how single cancerous cells form tumors in the body, or work out how tumors grow back seemingly from nowhere. New research, however, sheds some light on that problem—and suggests that tumors are fueled by cancer stem cells.
If you've been walking around a public place lately, you've come in contact with a lot of people. Some of those people may have been sick. And if you've been hanging around enough of them as they cough and sneeze, then you might be about to get sick too.
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 young researcher from San Francisco has died after being infected by a highly virulent strain of meningococcal disease he was studying—and there are fears that it could spread.
A mysterious illness that begins as a high fever with little appetite and spreads to a rash on the hands and feet is responsible for the loss of 17 lives, so far, in an impoverished Vietnamese district. 171 others have also been sickened but have been able to recover with proper and timely medical care.
A new broad-spectrum treatment for viruses could be as effective as antibiotics fighting bacteria, MIT researchers report. The method uses cells' own defense systems to induce invaded cells to commit suicide, preventing the spread of the virus. In lab tests, the new drug completely cured mice that had been infected…
The moment you're semi-sure you're getting a cold, get some zinc lozenges. That's the result of a meta-analysis of 15 different scientific studies of the mineral, and cut the length of coughing and sneezing days by 40 percent.