A new truth about Lady Gaga’s health has recently been revealed. She is covered in other life-forms—“her little monsters” you might call them.
A mathematical model finds that a temperature of about 98.6 Fahrenheit is high enough to ward off the majority of fungal infections, but still low enough to only require a manageable level of food intake...
Be careful what you wish for. The remedies may be far worse than the illness
The next pandemic virus may be circulating on U.S. pig farms, but health officials are struggling to see past the front gate
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Journalist Helen Branswell discusses her January Scientific American article, "Flu Factories," about the attempts to monitor new strains of flu that can originate on pig farms and the difficulties of balancing economic and public health constituencies...
Helen Branswell talks about pandemic flu with Steve Mirsky
Some of the worms and germs we’ve been warding off may actually keep us well. One solution, some scientists say, is to welcome them back I met William Parker just two days before World Toilet Day, an international campaign to break taboos about, yes, potties...
A parasite's genome is yielding clues to how malaria kills
Kitchen staff learned more from food safety stories about methods and consequences than from dry protocols. Cynthia Graber reports
Unlike other superbugs, a new class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are gaining their power from easily transferable genes such as NDM-1
Rats can be trained to identify TB-positive sputum samples--and do it better than conventional techniques. Karen Hopkin reports
People often ask me, "Why should I care if a species goes extinct? It's not essential to my daily life, is it?" Well, according to new research published December 2 in Nature , the answer is yes—healthy biodiversity is essential to human health...
Most deaths from cancer and heart disease now occur in the poorer parts of the world
If the current food safety bill is signed into law, the origins of contaminants in mystery meats and other comestibles consumed in U.S. food should be faster and easier to uncover and trace...
Faulty antibodies from previous infections boosted severity of swine flu in the middle-aged.
Helminths could suppress immune disorders by promoting healthy mucus production in the intestine
Wednesday marks the 22nd annual World AIDS Day. In the past year several scientific advances have helped rekindle convictions that progress is being made against the spread of HIV and AIDS...
HIV-negative gay and bisexual men who took prophylactic antiretrovirals regularly were less likely to become infected
The best science stories I hear about generally involve going back and reconciling or correcting observations from the past to unlock some new level of understanding.