Oct 19, 2021
New York Hit by Spike of Rare Disease Spread by Rat Urine
New York City is dealing with an unusual outbreak of a rare, sometimes fatal disease spread through rat urine, called leptospirosis. At least 15 locals have contracted the bacterial...
Oct 12, 2021
Two Scary Deer Illnesses Are Spreading in the U.S.
It’s a perilous time right now for deer in America. On Monday, Minnesota officials enacted an emergency order to stop the local travel and importation of farmed deer, in hopes...
Oct 10, 2021
A New Tick-Borne Virus Infecting Humans in Japan
Another day, another germ to worry about. Scientists in Japan say they’ve shown that a previously undiscovered virus spread by ticks has been making people in the country sick...
Oct 4, 2021
Everyone's Gassy, International Survey Finds
New research released this weekend might comfort or unnerve you, depending on your perspective. An international survey of thousands suggests that just about everyone often feels...
Sep 27, 2021
Acetaminophen Less Safe During Pregnancy Than Thought?
An international group of scientists is warning pregnant people about the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen. In a consensus statement released this week, they argue that...
Sep 26, 2021
Vietnamese Man Infested With Unknown Parasitic Worm
The mystery over a worm infestation found in a Vietnamese man last year has been solved, though not without adding another creepy wrinkle to the tale. The worms inside the man...
Sep 19, 2021
Someone in Wyoming Caught the Plague From Their Cats
A Wyoming resident appears to have caught a serious case of the plague from their own cats, health officials reported this week. The woman contracted pneumonic plague, a rare form of...
Sep 17, 2021
Ebola Can Hide in Humans for Years Before Killing Again
New genetic research appears to confirm a fear scientists had about a deadly outbreak of Ebola in Guinea this February: The source of the outbreak was likely the dormant remnants of...
Sep 1, 2021
Harmful 'Forever' Chemicals Linger in Indoor Air
A new study has found that contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can be readily measured in the air of indoor spaces like classrooms, offices, and homes....
Aug 3, 2021
A 'Game-Changing' Weight Loss Drug Is Here
In early February this year, on her YouTube channel “The Hangry Woman,” Mila Clarke Buckley shared her positive experiences taking Ozempic, an antidiabetic medication...
Jul 4, 2021
Retracted: Bad Study That Claimed Widespread Vaccine Deaths
A study looking at the impacts of covid-19 vaccination—condemned by other scientists as seriously flawed and irresponsible—has now sparked a mutiny of sorts. This past...
Jun 25, 2021
99% of Americans Dying of COVID-19 Not Fully Vaccinated
The covid-19 pandemic has receded substantially in the U.S., thanks in part to a successful vaccine campaign. But a new report from the Associated Press released Thursday highlights...
Jun 23, 2021
Ancient Elephants Quickly Shrank Into Dwarfs in Sicily
Tens of thousands of years ago, so-called dwarf elephants inhabited the island of Sicily off the coast of Italy. Apparently, it didn’t take long for these elephants to shrink...
Jun 18, 2021
Coffee Is Good for You, Coffee Is Bad for You
If you’re the sort of person who regularly scans the latest science-related headlines, you’ve probably come across the coffee shuffle at some point: Articles reporting on...
Jun 9, 2021
Pharmacist Who Destroyed COVID Vaccine Doses Gets Prison
On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced Steven Brandenburg, the Wisconsin pharmacist whom police say deliberately sabotaged hundreds of covid-19 vaccine doses last December, to three...
Jun 6, 2021
FDA Approves 'Game Changer' Weight Loss Drug
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new injectable medication for treating obesity—one shown to help people lose a significant amount of weight in clinical...
Jun 4, 2021
Study Shows How Dogs Connect With Humans From Birth
New research published this week suggests that dogs are born to understand people, at least to some extent. The study showed that 8-week-old puppies preparing to become service dogs...
May 26, 2021
San Fran's Flavored Vape Ban Linked to More Teen Smoking
A 2018 ban on flavored tobacco products in San Francisco may have had some unintended consequences, new research this week suggests. The study found that high school teens were more...
May 21, 2021
A New Coronavirus May Be Jumping From Dogs to People
A group of scientists fear they may have discovered another coronavirus capable of infecting humans. The virus has been spotted in patients suffering from pneumonia in Malaysia and...
May 18, 2021
Overworking Is a Major Killer Worldwide, WHO Says
Working too long is a major contributor to early death across the globe, according to new research from the World Health Organization. The study, based on data from nearly 200...
May 14, 2021
Scientists Want to Bring Jaguars Back to America
A group of conservation scientists say it’s time for the return of an American classic: the jaguar. They argue that jaguars can and should be safely reintroduced to the U.S.,...
May 11, 2021
Man Caught Three Whole Diseases From a Single Tick Bite
Doctors in Oregon have described what might be one of the unluckiest encounters between man and tick ever documented. They report treating a 70-year-old man who became sick with...
May 7, 2021
Low-Dose Radiation Helped Alzheimer's Patients Communicate
A small new study found remarkable improvements in communication and behavior in three patients with severe Alzheimer’s disease after they received a low-dose radiation...
May 4, 2021
What It Means That the U.S. Won't Reach Herd Immunity
An article in the New York Times today highlights a growing attitude among public health experts about the near future of the covid-19 pandemic: Herd immunity, at least for the time...
Apr 23, 2021
Chernobyl Survivors Didn't Pass on Bad Mutations to Kids
Two new papers out Thursday highlight the aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear accident that occurred over 30 years ago. One study might help explain why survivors are more likely...
Apr 16, 2021
Most People Don't Lose Weight Long Term
New research is the latest to suggest that sustained weight loss is extremely difficult for most people. The study tracked people in the general public for over a decade and found...
Apr 15, 2021
The Challenges of Unravelling Long COVID
Mixed into the collective tangle of agony and loss caused by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic are the “long-haulers”—people who become or continue to feel sick after...
Apr 12, 2021
'Brain Glue' Could Someday Help With Severe Brain Injuries
Scientists say they’re one step closer to showing that their experimental hydrogel technology—more plainly known as “brain glue”—can help people with...
Apr 11, 2021
Chronic Stuffy Nose Linked to Changes in Brain Activity
Your always-congested sinuses might be a harbinger of more trouble down the road, new research out Friday suggests. The small study found evidence of a link between chronic sinus...
Apr 6, 2021
A Dangerous Toxin From Pond Scum Can Go Airborne
A potent toxin released by algae blooms has the potential to become airborne, recent research suggests. In what’s said to be a first, the study found traces of the toxin in the...
Mar 14, 2021
The Worst of the Pandemic Is Truly Behind Us
This week, the United States will have passed an important milestone in the covid-19 pandemic: 100 million vaccine doses administered in the country, with over 60 million Americans...
Mar 10, 2021
The Next Generation of HIV Drugs Is Looking Really Promising
The next generation of medications and preventative treatments for HIV/AIDS continues to look promising. New research released Tuesday suggests that people can safely wear a vaginal...
Mar 9, 2021
Scientists Warn Diphtheria Is on the Rise
A nearly vanquished infectious disease looks to be making a comeback. In a new paper this week, scientists warn that cases of diphtheria have gradually increased in recent years,...
Mar 7, 2021
U.S. Traffic Deaths Spiked in 2020, Despite Less Driving
The covid-19 pandemic had a surprising effect on road fatalities in 2020, new data released this week suggests. Despite people staying at home more and driving less overall, more...
Mar 2, 2021
Cats Are Just as Disloyal as You Suspected
New research points to an important distinction between cats and dogs when it comes to reading certain social cues. It found that cats, unlike dogs, won’t necessarily avoid...
Feb 12, 2021
Give Cats More Meat and Playtime
People looking to keep their outdoor cats from killing local wildlife might want to heed the findings of a new study released Thursday. It suggests that feeding your feline a diet...
Feb 8, 2021
The Real-World COVID Vaccine Data Is Looking Really Good
Covid-19 vaccines have been available to the general public for about two months now, though far too few people have been vaccinated. But the real-world data from these vaccines are...
Feb 5, 2021
A Nasal Spray for the Common Cold Is Closer to Reality
A bonafide treatment for the common cold has eluded scientists for decades. But recent animal research from a team in Australia suggests that their experimental drug—delivered...
Jan 28, 2021
Doctors Studied People's Last Moments to See When Death Begins
New research suggests that doctors are, thankfully, skilled at correctly identifying a person’s time of death—a crucial aspect of ensuring healthy organs for donation. At...
Jan 21, 2021
Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Actually Work
A common treatment for chronic back pain may not provide much soothing after all. A new review released Wednesday suggests that antidepressants on average provide little to no back...
Jan 13, 2021
Psychedelic Mushrooms Grew in a Man's Veins
A man’s experiment with psychedelic mushrooms went disastrously wrong and nearly killed him, according to his doctors. In a new case report released this week, they detailed...
Jan 12, 2021
Scientists Find Link Between Cat Parasite and Brain Cancer
A common parasite spread through undercooked pork and occasionally our cats might have more insidious health effects than previously suspected. New research suggests a link between...
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