Mary Roach talks about her new book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, which traces what she calls "the whole food chute"
Researchers suspect the H7N9 virus originates in bird markets as human cases rise to 24, including 8 deaths, as of April 9
Many hospitals fail to take simple measures to prevent infections of a new strain of Clostridium difficile that's hard to track and at least in part responsible for skyrocketing infection rates in U.S...
Science writer Dennis Meredith talks about his new science fiction book The Rainbow Virus, in which a bioterror plot turns people all the colors of the rainbow
Researchers say they have found a clear link between climate change and the spread of diarrhea and similar diseases in one African country. But the nature of the link may be unexpected
The late Venezuelan president implied that his enemies gave him cancer. Katherine Belov, an expert on transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils, says that is unlikely—but not impossible
A baby born exposed to the AIDS-causing virus received aggressive treatment that appears to have cured the child, and promises to spark new avenues for future research as well
Smallpox may be gone, but its viral cousins—monkeypox and cowpox—are staging a comeback
The lives of mothers, daughters and granddaughters in the Bay Area may offer clues to the link between chemical exposure and disease
An analysis of influenza patterns show that warmer-than-average winters coincided with more severe outbreaks, bad news for a warming world
HIV transmission due to needle sharing could be greatly reduced by changing syringe design to ensure less trapped blood. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports
The agency's approval of the first seasonal flu vaccine made of recombinant proteins rather than inactivated or weakened virus comes as emergency rooms are clogged with victims of an early and severe flu season...
An inactivated virus vaccine, delivered by injection rather than orally, could be key to eradicating polio globally
Real-time genetic sequencing could keep hospital outbreaks in check
A laboratory-made slurry of healthy bacteria could replace human fecal matter in stool transplants to treat bacterial infections. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports
Health officials say the outbreak has not yet peaked so getting vaccinated even now will still help
Gene therapy, once off to a rocky start, transforms medicine by getting at the root cause of many diseases