Category Archives: Health

A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the man's case. In 2015, the 61-year-old man was brought to a hospital in Rochester, New York, after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality, the Read More →

When the notorious "Golden State Killer" — known for a series of rapes and murders in California in the 1970s and 1980s — was caught last April, it spurred a collective sigh of relief. But the way authorities found the killer — using data from a genealogy website — left people with unsettling feelings about Read More →

If the first few steps you take in the morning are painful, you might be experiencing plantar fasciitis. It's one of the most common causes of foot pain, with 2 million to 3 million patients seeking medical treatment each year, said Dr. Michael Greaser, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at Read More →

Dietary supplements aren't regulated like pharmaceutical drugs, so that means they shouldn't contain pharmaceutical drugs.  Yet over the last decade, more than 750 supplement brands have been found to be tainted with drugs — sometimes containing two or more hidden drug ingredients, a new study finds.

If you've recently admired a sunset, a rainbow, or the reds and golds of autumn foliage, you can thank the color-detecting cone cells in your eyes for your ability to see those vivid hues. And now, scientists have figured out how those color cells develop, by coaxing stem cells to grow into tiny blobs of Read More →

Liver cancer is cancer that begins in the tissues of the liver. It's the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the world, accounting for 782,000 deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization.  This type of cancer includes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the less common, bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), according to the Read More →

There's no doubt about it: Americans are hooked on LaCroix seltzer. So, when a lawsuit was filed last week against the drink's parent company National Beverage Corp., claiming that LaCroix misled customers by labeling its ingredients as "all natural," the internet erupted in utter confusion about, or in defense of, the chic seltzer water.

More and more cases of a rare polio-like illness are being reported across the country, according to news reports. In recent weeks, six cases of the illness, known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), have been diagnosed in children in Minnesota — a state the typically sees less than one case of AFM per year, according Read More →

Many people would balk at the idea of having something inserted into their noses, particularly if that something was infectious whooping cough bacteria. So you've got to commend the 34 people in the United Kingdom who bravely volunteered to get live whooping cough bacteria dripped into their noses, for science.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that Gardasil 9, the HPV vaccine, is now approved for use in people ages 27 to 45. The vaccine, which protects against several strains of a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus, has been on the market for 12 years; however, it was approved only for Read More →