What to Know About Lyme Disease, Because It’s on the Rise

What to Know About Lyme Disease, Because It’s on the Rise

Photo: heiko barth (Shutterstock) Lyme, the most famous tickborne disease, is growing more common than it used to be—at least judging by health insurance data that includes Lyme diagnoses. Our friends at Gizmodo recently covered new data about the (sorry) uptick, which roughly aligns with CDC estimates. So what do you need to know to … Read more

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

What Are the Vabbing and Mucus Fishing Trends on TikTok? The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide to Kid Culture

What Are the Vabbing and Mucus Fishing Trends on TikTok?  The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide to Kid Culture

Whether they’re toddlers, teenagers, or 23-year-olds, young people are disgusting. Old people are disgusting too much of course, because being gross is the human condition. So let’s celebrate it by digging into the trends and topics fascinating internet youth this week: slime fishing, vabbing, and most disgusting of all, hleaving to work for a living. … Read more

These COVID ‘Facts’ Are No Longer True

These COVID ‘Facts’ Are No Longer True

Photo: Steve Heap (Shutterstock) It’s been a long pandemic, and COVID is still going strong. But along the way, we’ve at least learned a lot of things. Just as we stopped obsessing over hand-washing, there are plenty of other ideas we once had (or still have) about COVID that need to be updated. Here are … Read more

Your Rash Might Be a Sun Allergy

Your Rash Might Be a Sun Allergy

Photo: Stanislav71 (Shutterstock) For all the good things it does for us, the sun can also be a threat: It can burn your skin, mess with your eyesand even damage your vehicle. It might also be responsible for that rash you’ve been Googling since you discovered it across your shoulders. You could have a “sun … Read more

Who Can Get a Monkeypox Vaccine?

Who Can Get a Monkeypox Vaccine?

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) So far there are at least 351 confirmed cases of monkeypox in humans in the United States, with more than half of states reporting at least one case. Given existing barriers to diagnosis and testingit’s likely that there are a lot more cases out there than have been documented. So how do … 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

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

The US Is Rolling Out Monkeypox Vaccines to the Public

The US Is Rolling Out Monkeypox Vaccines to the Public

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) The US will soon greatly expand its vaccination program for monkeypox. On Tuesday evening, the Biden administration announced that it is planning to release a stockpile of over a million vaccine doses to the public by the end of fall. The vaccines will primarily be given to close contacts of confirmed cases … Read more