Lyme Disease Is Surging in Parts of the US, Insurance Data Suggests

Lyme Disease Is Surging in Parts of the US, Insurance Data Suggests

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Newly released data is the latest to show that Lyme disease cases in the US are on the rise. The research found that private insurance claims related to the tickborne disease have substantially climbed since 2007, including more recently in the last five years. This relative increase was especially dramatic in rural … Read more

Four Monkeypox Deaths Reported Outside of Africa as Outbreak Expands

Four Monkeypox Deaths Reported Outside of Africa as Outbreak Expands

A protest in San Francisco on July 18, 2022.Photo: Haven Daley (PA) The global monkeypox outbreak has now caused its first fatalities outside of Africa. Over the weekend, Brazil reported a monkeypox-related death, while Spain reported two. On Monday, India reported a death as well. The death in Brazil involved a 41-year-old man with lymphoma … Read more

A Deadly Cancer Hijacks the Brain to Render Itself Untreatable, Study Finds

A Deadly Cancer Hijacks the Brain to Render Itself Untreatable, Study Finds

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New research this week suggests that an aggressive brain cancer can hijack the brain’s own circuitry to further spread and render itself unstoppable. Researchers in Germany studied glioblastoma cells in mice and in the lab, finding that these tumors use some of the same mechanisms behind normal neuron development and migration to … Read more

Monkeypox Is Continuing to Surge Across the US

Monkeypox Is Continuing to Surge Across the US

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Reports of monkeypox are multiplying around the world and the United States. Worldwide, there have been over 10,000 cases reported of the viral illness, including more than 1.400 in the US alone. And so far, mass vaccination efforts in early hot spots like New York City have been stymied by website crashes … Read more

Monkeypox Is Continuing to Surge Across the US

Monkeypox Is Continuing to Surge Across the US

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Reports of monkeypox are multiplying around the world and the United States. Worldwide, there have been over 10,000 cases reported of the viral illness, including more than 1.400 in the US alone. And so far, mass vaccination efforts in early hot spots like New York City have been stymied by website crashes … Read more

CDC Warns of Alarming Rise in Drug-Resistant Germs

CDC Warns of Alarming Rise in Drug-Resistant Germs

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights one of the many consequences of the covid-19 pandemic in the United States: a disturbing rise in drug-resistant superbug infections. The first year of the pandemic saw the number of resistant infections and deaths in hospitals once again climb, reversing what … Read more

Westworld Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: Well Enough Alone

Westworld Season 4 Episode 2 Recap: Well Enough Alone

screenshot: HBO Is Westworld even Westworld if it’s not trying to break your brain? It’s a valid question, and I think “no” would be a valid answer. But since the show left the park at the end of season two to explore the dystopia of the real world, the third season felt like everything was … Read more

We Should Be Banking Our Poop for Future Use, Scientists Argue

We Should Be Banking Our Poop for Future Use, Scientists Argue

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Experts at Harvard and elsewhere are proposing a new type of bank be set up nationwide: a poop bank. In a paper this week, they argue that it should be possible for people to deposit a fecal sample relatively early on in life, which can then be stored indefinitely and later used … Read more

A Crash Course Before the Prime Video Adaptation

A Crash Course Before the Prime Video Adaptation

Image: Prime Video/Amazon Here’s everything you need to know about Prime Video‘s Paper Girls, the highly anticipated sci-fi YA adventure show adapting the Image Comics series from Brian K.Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. The streamer recently debuted an exciting first look at the show, which arrives next month. Keep reading for a quick crash course! What … Read more

Scientists Are Testing a Universal Flu Vaccine In People

Scientists Are Testing a Universal Flu Vaccine In People

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) The race to one of medicine’s elusive goals—a universal flu vaccine—is heating up. On Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health announced the phase I clinical trial of one such potential candidate, which will involve up to 100 adult volunteers. In early experiments, the vaccine appeared to protect animals exposed to fatal doses … Read more