An analysis of 130,000 runners in events during a seven-year span revealed that competitors were 10 times more likely to experience heat stroke than serious cardiac problems. Dina Fine Maron reports
Weeks ahead remain fraught with uncertainty as pathogen jumps borders and appears in Africa’s largest city
When patients take too many unnecessary antibiotics it inches us ever closer to a world where essential drugs are no longer effective. More than two million people in the United States develop antibiotic resistant infection each year and some 23,000 of them die as a result.
When refilled prescriptions for post–heart attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina Fine Maron reports
A commonly used blood thinner does not appear to lower the risk of blood clots or miscarriage during pregnancy
The day we knew would come is finally here. The first locally acquired case of the tropical disease chikungunya was reported in the U.S. today.
The Centers for Disease Control plans to take measures to better protect lab workers and the rest of us from dangerous biological samples
Headbanging can cause pain or even whiplash. But a 50-year-old Motörhead fan developed a more serious condition, bleeding in the brain that required surgical repair, after headbanging at a concert. Dina Fine Maron reports
The third recent mistake in handling of pathogens is a “wake-up call,” says Centers for Disease Control head
The infant was placed back on medication but the clinical trial to replicate virus suppression is still expected to proceed
New work from the University of Cambridge solidifies link between epigenetic effects from in utero diet and health problems across generations
History is rife with unethical experiments on inmates. But with proper safeguards prisoner studies may hold the key to the accurate representation of vulnerable groups and lead to health benefits
The ReWalk exoskeleton allows some people paralyzed from the waist down to walk again, with the aid of crutches. Dina Fine Maron reports
Pulled hamstrings took out two U.S. players at the World Cup. Why?
Mice regularly exposed to UV light produced feel-good endorphins and behaved like addicts. If humans do, too, it could explain why we seek sun, despite damage. Dina Fine Maron reports
Can scarfing carrots really help you see better in the dark?
It's summertime so when the weather is fine many of us head outdoors. But there lurk mosquitoes, an all-too-familiar menace. What's more, a wave of mosquito-borne tropical disease that first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in late 2013 has now spread across the Caribbean, stoking concerns about a debut in the continental U.S.
New global clinical trial aims to replicate the mysterious “Mississippi baby” success
Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. discovered incorrect information on nine out of 10 pages. Dina Fine Maron reports
Scientific American speaks with the scientist behind an innovation that will enable a paralyzed person to walk and “feel” it