Put a Virus On It: The Many Confusing Ebola Crafts of Etsy

Ebola has killed thousands of people in West Africa and seriously impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands more. Stateside, one man has died and two female nurses who cared for him have been infected. Politicians are calling for travel bans, the CDC is scrambling and stock prices have plummeted in anticipation of… » 10/16/14 11:50am Thursday 11:50am

From Miasma to Ebola: The History of Racist Moral Panic Over Disease

On October 1st, the New York Times published a photograph of a four-year-old girl in Sierra Leone. In the photograph, the anonymous little girl lies on a floor covered with urine and vomit, one arm tucked underneath her head, the other wrapped around her small stomach. Her eyes are glassy, returning the photographer's… » 10/14/14 2:30pm Tuesday 2:30pm

Pouring a Bucket of Ice Water Over Your Head Won't Cure ALS

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping my Facebook news feed and has gone as far as to be featured the Today Show, so it can now officially be classified as having gone viral. Celebrities like Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, golfer Michelle Wei and even the Elle.com digital team have participated in pouring buckets of ice… » 8/07/14 5:00pm 8/07/14 5:00pm

There's a Major Measles Outbreak in NYC, Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers

Back in 2000, measles was considered to be "eliminated" in the United States. But today—thanks largely to the efforts of anti-vaccination campaigns (for your health!)—the highly contagious disease is popping up all over the place. Oh, cool! Nothing like resurrecting a killer of children in the name of protecting… » 3/14/14 6:00pm 3/14/14 6:00pm

Polio-Like Mystery Illness Afflicts Children in Northern California

In Northern California’s Bay Area, an illness that resembles polio is affecting children and doctors aren’t sure what it is. The affliction develops as a sudden weakness in the arms and legs or "symptoms of paralysis." If your child exhibits these signs, health officials recommend they see a doctor immediately. » 2/25/14 10:00am 2/25/14 10:00am

Your Cat's Mouth Is a Festering Hole Lined with Disease-Riddled Knives

I love adorable kitty-cats as much as the next non-monster, but, as the poets say: "Just because you love something doesn't mean it can't deliver a necrotic puncture wound that will cause your extremities to rot off!" A new study on the dangers of cat bites found that, while dog bites might be more crushing and… » 2/13/14 3:50pm 2/13/14 3:50pm

Health Insurer Crappily Denies Young Girl Necessary Gastric Bypass

Two parents in Texas have been, for the last three months, forced to watch their 12-year-old daughter suffer from a rare condition that makes her gain massive amounts of weight even as her body thinks it's starving, which would be a horrifying and exasperating thing to witness all its own even without a little extra… » 12/28/13 1:00pm 12/28/13 1:00pm

More Than Half of Women Think Their Sick Boyfriends Are Faking It

According to a new poll, men and women have very different perceptions of what goes on during cold and flu season (or as I don't EVER like to call it, cold and flu SNEAZON!). Basically, women are heartless bitches who think their dudes are exaggerating symptoms in order to get attention/sympathy/unlimited soup.… » 12/21/13 1:00pm 12/21/13 1:00pm

Foam Party Ends in Some Seriously Fucked Up Eye Issues

Wait. Foam parties are a thing? Outside of Ibiza in 1998? Well, they've apparently spread to Florida where the funky chemical bubble mixture has caused pink eye, abrasions of the cornea, and even worse. Yet again, my crippling nerd status has prevented me from attending something that would give me a disease. Dork… » 8/28/13 9:30am 8/28/13 9:30am

Your Cat Is Trying to Kill You Again, Part II: The Quickening

Remember how your cat was waging a long-con, biological war on you? And then — with suspicious abruptness — it wasn’t waging war on you anymore and you were like, “But I could have sworn...” uneasily returning to your household chores with a creeping feeling that your cat hadn’t abandoned its murderous plans? Well, it… » 6/30/13 4:00pm 6/30/13 4:00pm

Hospitals Hire Hand-Washing Coaches Because Staffers Are Fucking Gross

Despite major advances in technology and innovation, infection spreads at modern-day hospitals like dysentery spread on (your last game of) Oregon Trail. Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital employees only wash their hands about 30 percent of the time they're interacting with patients. Paging Dr.… » 5/30/13 4:20pm 5/30/13 4:20pm

Labeling Diseases By Gender Is Literally Hurting Everyone

According to an article in the journal Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CLLM), the majority of medical research on unisex diseases done over the last 40 years focused solely on male patients. However, in plumbing the field of what they've termed "gender medicine," a study out of Padua Hospital University… » 3/23/13 4:30pm 3/23/13 4:30pm

This Porn PSA Might Be the Least Sexy Thing You’ll See All Day

Measure B, a ballot initiative sponsored by the Aids Healthcare Foundation that would require all porn performers to use condoms for movies made in L.A., may initially seem pretty sensible, but it's been a fraught issue. Industry workers, citing test frequency and relatively low rate of HIV among porn performers,… » 10/14/12 4:30pm 10/14/12 4:30pm

Flesh-Eating Disease Victim Aimee Copeland on her Loss of Limbs: "It's…

Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman who made headlines after she lost her hands and most of her legs to a flesh eating bacterial infection (known as necrotizing fasciitis) that she sustained in a zip-lining accident last Spring, has now recovered enough to make press appearances and talk about her nightmarish… » 9/12/12 3:30pm 9/12/12 3:30pm

We're All Gonna Die: The Infectious Pandemics of Summer 2012

Dude! What a shitty garbage year this has been. I mean, pretty much every year in the history of years has been a shitty garbage year — "happiness" is really just a euphemism for "successful garbage mitigation" — but 2012 has been particularly gross in a lot of ways. Half the country thinks rape is hilarious.… » 8/28/12 5:00pm 8/28/12 5:00pm