Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Extinct Pathogens Ushered The Fall of Ancient Civilizations, Scientists Say

Thousands of years ago, across the Eastern Mediterranean, multiple Bronze Age civilizations took a distinct turn for the worse at around the same time. Tea Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire both collapsed, and there was a widespread societal crisis across the Ancient Near East and the Aegean, manifesting as declining populations, destruction, … Read more

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things.  Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea-Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis. Australian researchers … Read more

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things. Now We Know Why

The TB Vaccine Mysteriously Protects Against Lots of Things.  Now We Know Why

When babies in the African countries of Guinea-Bissau and Uganda were given the tuberculosis vaccine, something remarkable happened. Instead of the vaccine only protecting against the target bacteria – Myocbacterium tuberculosis – the tuberculosis vaccine offered broad protection against a range of unrelated infections, including respiratory infections and serious complications such as sepsis. Australian researchers … Read more

The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

The Human Mind Is Not Meant to Be Awake After Midnight, Scientists Warn

In the middle of the night, the world can sometimes feel like a dark place. Under the cover of darkness, negative thoughts have a way of drifting through your mind, and as you lie awake, staring at the ceiling, you might start craving guilty pleasures, like a cigarette or a carb-heavy meal. Plenty of evidence … Read more

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

Cold Sores Have Been Blistering Humans For Thousands of Years, Finds New Study

The preservation of DNA in the teeth of humans dating as far back as 1,500 years have revealed the ancient origins of the pervasive herpes virus strain that causes cold sores. The genomic data suggests that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which today infects around 3.7 billion people globally, emerged and proliferated around 5,000 … Read more

A Fourth Person Is Effectively ‘Cured’ of HIV, And It’s The Oldest Patient Yet

A Fourth Person Is Effectively ‘Cured’ of HIV, And It’s The Oldest Patient Yet

AIDS researchers announced on Wednesday that a fourth person has been “cured” of HIVbut the dangerous procedure for patients also battling cancer may be little comfort for the tens of millions living with the virus worldwide. The 66-year-old man, named the “City of Hope” patient after the Californian center where he was treated, was declared … Read more

A Deadly Fungus Has Been Having Sneaky Sex, And It Could Bode Ill For Humans

A Deadly Fungus Has Been Having Sneaky Sex, And It Could Bode Ill For Humans

In 2009, a never-before-seen yeast emerged from the ear canal of a 70-year-old Japanese lady. Unfortunately, this yeast – known as candida auris – is a health threat, having now spread around the world and become resistant to multiple drugs. A new study now shows it also reproduces in an unexpected way. C.auris isn’t your … Read more

Research Suggests There’s a Big Overlooked Benefit of Having Dyslexia

Research Suggests There’s a Big Overlooked Benefit of Having Dyslexia

The modern world is stitched together by threads of written language. For those with the reading disorder dyslexia, the endless tangle of words can feel like an obstacle to survival. Long framed purely as a learning disorder, the neurological condition that makes the decoding of text so difficult could also benefit individuals and their community … Read more

Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London’s Sewage

Polio Virus Has Been Detected in London’s Sewage

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the World Health Organization and British health officials said Wednesday, adding that more analysis was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The WHO said in a … Read more

Skin Mites That Mate on Our Faces at Night Are Slowly Merging With Humans

Skin Mites That Mate on Our Faces at Night Are Slowly Merging With Humans

If you are reading this, you are probably not alone. Most people on Earth are habitats for mites that spend the majority of their brief lives burrowed, head-first, in our hair follicles, primarily of the face. In fact, humans are the only habitat for Demodex folliculorum. They are born on us, they feed on us, … Read more