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How to Outsmart Your Gross Body and Live Forever How to Outsmart Your Gross Body and Live Forever

Right after reinventing existing public services with private apps, hacking death may be the ultimate dream of SiliconValley’s elite. Death is truly the final boss for anyone who thinks enough money and lines of code can solve anything, and boy are they attacking it hard. In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife…

The Sad Truth Behind Taking Vitamin C and Zinc for Colds

Cold season has descended upon us. You’ve got to shake these chills. You’ll do anything if there’s hope of some release from the discomfort of your booger-filled face.

Why Do We Get Allergies? Why Do We Get Allergies?

Corporeality can be, at times, pretty great. And yet for all its advantages, there are certain downsides to being trapped in a sack of rotting limbs and organs and eye-juice. For instance: Allergies. There are innocent people out there who can’t pet a friendly dog without sneezing, or eat a peanut without instantly…

Spooked by Amazon, CVS Decides to Buy Massive Health Insurer Aetna Spooked by Amazon, CVS Decides to Buy Massive Health Insurer Aetna

E-commerce giant Amazon’s power has steadily grown to the point where it can flash-fry competitors just by pointing its fearsome gaze in the general direction of their retail sector, like a magnifying glass aimed at ants or a really efficient Eye of Sauron. Now it’s eyeing moving into the pharmacy sector, and…

We Regret to Inform You the White House's Solution to the Opioid Crisis Is Kellyanne Conway We Regret to Inform You the White House's Solution to the Opioid Crisis Is Kellyanne Conway

The scale of the opioid crisis gripping the United States is hard to fathom. Since 2000, lethal overdoses from opioid use have tripled, and the problem is so widespread Centers for Disease Control researchers have concluded it is dragging down the national life expectancy. Though President Donald Trump has declared…

Viagra Will Soon Be Available Over the Counter in the UK Viagra Will Soon Be Available Over the Counter in the UK

Let’s say you are a British penis-having sex-doer who has trouble with the whole erection thing but you don’t want to talk to a doctor about it. Good news: You’ll soon be able to buy Viagra over the counter. Incredible!

Houseflies Are More Capable of Spreading Disease Than We Realized Houseflies Are More Capable of Spreading Disease Than We Realized

It’s never a nice feeling to watch a fly land on your next bite of food, but as new research shows, you may be justified in wanting to toss that delicious morsel in the garbage.

Report: Herpes Researcher Funded by Peter Thiel First Performed Sketchy Trials at Holiday Inn Report: Herpes Researcher Funded by Peter Thiel First Performed Sketchy Trials at Holiday Inn

The researcher behind an offshore herpes vaccine trial widely viewed as unethical first secretly experimented on patients in US hotel rooms, according to an investigation by Kaiser Health News.

Could the Personalized Medicine Revolution Actually Slow Innovation?  Could the Personalized Medicine Revolution Actually Slow Innovation? 

The promise of personalized medicine is a pretty big one: Tailoring treatments to a patient’s genes, their environment or their lifestyle, the thinking goes, will result in treatments that are much more likely to work. The same disease can manifest differently in different people, so why treat patients with a…

The Last of the Iron Lungs The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air.

Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth?

The FDA Just Approved a Pill With Sensors in It For the First Time Ever The FDA Just Approved a Pill With Sensors in It For the First Time Ever

The era of digital pills is here. This week, for the first time ever, the Food and Drug Administration approved a pill with sensors inside to inform doctors how often the drug was taken.

Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked to Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak

Disneyland shut down two cooling towers after it was discovered they may have played a role in a small Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in southern California, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

That Viral Story of an 'Awakened' Vegetative Patient Serves as a Cautionary Tale

Medicine is perfect for heartwarming stories. Some close relative is facing the most hopeless prognosis, such as being in a vegetative state. Someone tries a wild treatment, and boom, people are crying, the relative is awake, and the headlines go viral. But science doesn’t really work this way.

When Hope Runs Out, Cancer Patients Are Making Their Own DIY Immunotherapy Treatments When Hope Runs Out, Cancer Patients Are Making Their Own DIY Immunotherapy Treatments

Every generation has had its breakthrough that promised to, at long last, finally cure cancer, but this time around the chances of actually pulling it off are looking pretty good. Rapid advancement in fields like genetics have led to incredible success using immunotherapies to turn patients’ own bodies into …

It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?

Puerto Rico Is on the Brink of a Terrifying Public Health Crisis Puerto Rico Is on the Brink of a Terrifying Public Health Crisis

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as a Category 4 storm this past month, it immediately brought devastation from winds, flooding, and storm surge to many Americans. The entire island lost electricity. While there’s been some recovery to the power grid and shorter gas lines, the next…

Do Please Enjoy This Clip of a Boy Who Inhaled a Whistle Whistling When He Inhales Do Please Enjoy This Clip of a Boy Who Inhaled a Whistle Whistling When He Inhales

Take it from a wise 20-something: you will, at some point, require medical attention for something entirely avoidable and at least somewhat embarrassing. Just how embarrassing it is may vary, but it’s OK. It happens to the best of us.

Here's How The Body Keeps Time, Thanks to This Year's Nobel Winning Science Here's How The Body Keeps Time, Thanks to This Year's Nobel Winning Science

The human body is like a computer in a whole lot of ways. It’s got a processor, it’s got memory, it needs energy to run, it can solve problems, and, uh, it sees its fair share of porn. But it also has a clock—one whose mechanics have only been delved into fairly recently.

New ‘Chemical Surgery’ Technique Repairs Mutations in Human Embryos New ‘Chemical Surgery’ Technique Repairs Mutations in Human Embryos

For the first time, a research team from China used a new technique to fix a blood disorder in human embryos. The scientists performed “chemical surgery”—a procedure that rewrites errors in genetic code instead of snapping and replacing strands of faulty DNA, which is the central strategy employed by the CRISPR gene…

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