All That Antibacterial Soap You're Using Is Gonna Stop Your Heart

Let me just put this right up front, for all the die-hard disinfectors out there: REGULAR SOAP WILL DO. For almost everything. Really. Not every surface in everyone's life has to be wiped with antibacterial agents, not every child needs to be autoclaved on the daily, not every sneeze needs to be medicated with… » 8/14/12 4:40pm 8/14/12 4:40pm

Looks Like You Might Not Have Needed That Appendectomy After All

When you come down with a case of appendicitis, the most common solution is to pack you off to the operating room to get that sucker taken out. But new research is showing that, in fact, for a large number of cases an appendectomy might not be necessary—turns out some good old-fashioned antibiotics could do the trick. » 4/05/12 11:55pm 4/05/12 11:55pm

Sinus Infections Couldn't Care Less About Your Silly Antibiotics

‘Tis the season for sinus infections, but next time you get one, you might want to forgo the often unpleasant experience of taking antibiotics. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis, which appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that antibiotics did not reduce symptoms of the… » 2/15/12 10:20am 2/15/12 10:20am

Can You Ever Really Get Rid Of A Urinary Tract Infection?

"Have the people at Time Inc. been reading Jezebel?" a tipster asked us this morning. "This media query just came across the wire to my inbox: "I'm looking for someone who can help answer the question: Why do certain sexual positions cause more recurrent UTIs?" As an irredeemably lazy chronic UTI-sufferer who never… » 1/30/08 3:00pm 1/30/08 3:00pm