Yemen is in the middle of an unprecedented cholera outbreak. But, what makes Vibrio cholerae so efficient that it can set up infection in hundreds of thousands of people in one area?
Tired of the same ole boring ways to contract food-borne illness? Look no further than chicken tartare: raw, seasoned chicken, now served at restaurants near you.
New reports out of Australia contain some sobering news. The number of influenza cases this year is 2.5-times that of the same time period last year. Does this mean that the US is looking at a bad flu season? Probably yes, but there are many factors involved. Several experts explain.
A high school student who makes bad grades is not only setting himself up for professional failure; he is also likely making lifestyle choices that will put him on a course to bad health.
A new survey from Michigan State University provides a somewhat depressing glimpse of the current understanding of food by the American public. And this is particularly disturbing because younger folks are less well informed than their elders.
Worried about North Korea tossing nukes around? Ebola? Killer hurricanes? Did you buy Knicks season tickets? While all of these are dreadful in different ways, you might as well forget about them and every other threat around. They are irrelevant. We are already doomed. Because someone put a fleece jacket in the dryer.
Pregnancy comes with so many symptoms. Some are completely normal. Others can be alarming. And some can be both. How can you tell when to call the doc?
Kurt Eichenwald is an interesting guy -- in the same way that a 47-car pileup on the freeway is interesting. He is, according to his Twitter bio, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a New York Times bestselling author. He also has written for Newsweek, where he penned one of the best essays I have ever read about conspiracy theories.
People with red hair tend to have a greater health risk from sun exposure, and for developing skin cancer. But now researchers at Boston University report that they've found a way to potentially reduce that risk by altering a protein involved with pigmentation in humans.
Heparin is one of the oldest medications that is still in use. It has primarily been used for the treatment of blood clots. New research indicates that heparin has a more diverse physiological role one of which stimulates food intake and decreases metabolism. This could have profound clinical implications both in its current clinical use and for the future of developing weight loss drugs.
The utility of mammography screening for breast cancer has been a bone of contention, but for some women it has been a life-saver. Indeed, the US Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that women ages 50-74 should get a mammogram every 2 years.
If you've spent any amount of time in the cough and cold section of your pharmacy, you may soon end up in the headache aisle. This is because the over-the-counter cough, cold, and allergy aisle is a daunting place, even for those of us who are familiar with all of the common medicines that are used in these products. There are so many combinations of products for so many different sets of symptoms that if you don't need reading glasses when you enter the pharmacy, you probably will by the time you leave.
A story involving a toxic teething product is being reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, this time it's not a part of the ongoing investigation by FDA into homeopathic teething tablets that contain high levels of belladonna.
Sleep deprivation has been associated with an increased risk of obesity in several studies. A new one, based on a large British survey, assessed whether that link could be due to over-eating by bleary-eyed people. But the data didn't support that hypothesis, so researchers will have to look harder to explain that link.
I have traveled all across America and to 18 countries in Europe. My wife, who was born and raised in Poland, agrees with me: The Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful part of the world*.
The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon. Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public. It's time to out them for the hacks that they are.
The "wellness" platform is the sexy new term added to our lexicon. Wellness clinics and gurus have hijacked medicine and have gone so far as creating fake medical problems to manipulate the public. It's time to out them for hacks that they are.
Very few have heard about this. It's over 100 years old and explains why bread smells so good and turns brown. But baking also produces a few chemicals of concern – or are they? Here you get a chemistry lesson! Whether you want one or not.
Putting babies to sleep on their backs is an important safety measure that can decrease the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, a new report in the journal Pediatrics states that parents are still not doing this crucial step well enough.
Lost in the noise of all the medical stories is the issue of bacterial resistance. Although it's not a sexy topic, it's almost certainly more important than anything in the news, as PBS showed by broadcasting its sobering series "Stopping Superbugs."