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Why Ebola Is Winning

In the fight against the latest Ebola outbreak, underfunded medical workers in West Africa are logistically outmanned.

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Malaria Parasites Can Control Your Scent

A new study shows the smells can both attract and repel mosquitoes at different stages of the disease. The results might help us fight back.



‘I Look Like a Virus. My Face Is Like HIV': A Conversation With Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Patrick Strudwick talks to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi about how she identified HIV as the cause of AIDS; her receipt of the Nobel Prize; and the latest efforts to prevent, treat, and manage HIV.



Desperate Love in a Time of Cholera

Exploring the struggle between love and disgust when caring for sick relatives. An extra to Bryn Nelson’s feature-length look at the next big thing in health care.

Genes Are Us


Autism Shows Why Disease Is So Hard to Solve

What’s not a cause of autism? Vaccines. What is? Genetics—but only in a partial, tangled, complicated way that we’re still trying to figure out.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

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When Will a Deadly Pandemic Put an End to Worrying About Deadly Pandemics?

Fear-inducing headlines—kind of like this one—might not be such a bad thing.



Will We Ever Be Able to Figure Out Alzheimer’s?

The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?

Our Best Friends


When It Comes to Animal Farms, Sometimes Size Doesn’t Matter

It’s frighteningly common for those who cover food issues to assume that smaller farms are safer farms. They may be happier, but they’re not necessarily healthier, as the recent spread of a devastating disease shows.



Obesity Is a Disease? Then I Give Up. Pass the Pie

New research suggests declaring obesity a disease seems to discourage healthy eating.

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Predicting Epidemics With Internet Search Data

Recent research suggests that evaluating desperate Google queries may be the best way to identify infectious disease outbreaks before they happen.



Next Steps in U.S.-Iran Diplomacy: Vaccines

Two vaccine scientists—one American, one Iranian—offer a unique way to give the nascent relationship between their two countries a shot in the arm.



Living in a Bacterial World

The good news: Antibiotics didn’t create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The bad news: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is everywhere.



The Guerrilla War on Cancer

Will we ever find a cure for cancer? Well, the answer isn’t so simple.



A Very Weighty Decision

The American Medical Association has officially labeled obesity a disease, but we still don’t know enough about the problem to be sure it fits the established definition.



Should We Dump the DSM?

Gary Greenberg’s new book skewers the inner workings of the DSM just three weeks before the latest version is scheduled to be released.



Why Would a Medical Doctor Embrace an Unproven Treatment?

The curious case of NAET.



A Shot in the Dark: Can Vivitrol Help Us Control Our Addictions?

Evaluating Vivitrol, the newest anti-addiction drug—actually an injectable form of an old pill. It’s definitely better than nothing. But is it $1,100 a month better?


China Arrests 2000 in Fake Meds Bust


Reversing the World’s Neglect of Easily Cured Tropical Diseases

Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, implores the leaders of the G8 countries to focus on an easy and relatively cheap way to save more than one billion people from neglected tropical diseases.


Changing Parental Attitudes on Child Vaccinations

Pediatrics specialist Dennis Rosen says rebuilding trust between patients and health providers can change parental attitudes regarding child vaccinations and save young lives.


Mass Hysteria: From Dance Floors to Factory Floors

Throughout the years, people’s minds have played tricks on them, but oftentimes their bodies react for real.


Was Lou Gehrig’s ALS Caused by Tap Water?

A toxic molecule found in pond scum may trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and Parkinson’s. Could a group of scientists, led by a botanist, hold the key to a cure?


Engaging Iran Through Vaccine Diplomacy

An American researcher argues that science diplomacy regarding neglected tropical diseases could cool tensions between Iran and the U.S.

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My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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