Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

Super Gonorrhea Has Reached the U.S.

An illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Super gonorrhea has infected people-in the United States for the first known time. This week, Massachusetts public health officials announced the discovery of two gonorrhea cases appearing to display increased resistance to all known antibiotic classes that can be used against it. These cases were thankfully still … Read more

Can a Virus Age You?

The following is an excerpt from Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg. Available for sale January 17, 2023 at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleand Bookshop.org. When the United States began vaccinating against the measles virus in the 1960s, children fortunately stopped getting measles. But that wasn’t the only thing; suddenly, American children … Read more

Experts Recommend Drugs, Surgery for Teen Obesity in New Guidelines

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) For the first time ever, experts with the American Academy of Pediatrics are recommending proactive medical intervention against childhood obesity. The organization’s new guidelines will no longer ask doctors to simply observe or delay treatment in children with obesity, defined as a body mass index over 30. They instead now emphasize a … Read more

Ohio Measles Outbreak Hospitalizes More Than 32 Children

A child with a measles rash.photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A measles outbreak in Columbus, Ohio has sickened over 80 children and hospitalized dozens. The majority of these cases have involved unvaccinated children who were nevertheless eligible for vaccination. It is not yet clear how long the outbreak will continue, with the most recent case having been … Read more

‘Super’ Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Detected in Asia

An Aedes aegypti mosquito.Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Researchers in Japan say they’ve discovered “super” resistant mosquitoes in Asia. In a study published this week, they detail finding populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes—a common disease vector—in Vietnam and Cambodia carrying several mutations believed to confer strong protection against the most widely used insecticides. The discovery should merit … Read more

Study Links No COVID-19 Vaccination to Increased Car Crash Risk

Image: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Science has a way of presenting actual facts and connecting dots you likely didn’t see ever connecting. For instance, who would have thought to find a link between the people who decided to pass on getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and traffic accidents? A recent study published in The American Journal … Read more

String of Child Deaths from Strep A Alarm Health Officials

photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A common bacterial infection known as Strep A has likely killed over a dozen children in the UK in recent months. On Friday, health officials reported yet another fatality linked to the bacteria, which can, in rare cases, cause a more invasive and life-threatening infection. There are likely several reasons why the … Read more

Why Do You Get Sick in the Winter? New Science Points Up Your Nose

photo: Shutterstock New research appears to provide a clearer picture of why cold and flu cases are more common during the winter. The study found evidence that our nose’s innate immune response weakens in colder temperatures, providing some germs a better opportunity to infect the rest of the body. The findings, the authors say, could … Read more

What Your Farts Can Tell You About Your Health

illustration: Sam Woolley Breaking wind. Cutting the cheese. Thunder from down under. I could go on, but whatever you call itfarting is a part of life. Farting is usually caused either by swallowing air, which has to get out somehow, or by bacteria in your guts releasing gas during the digestive process. Everything animal (human … Read more