The Science of Snot is Even Grosser Than You Think

Snot, you perplexing green goop, you smell-stopping slime that oozes forth from my face, what secrets do you hide? What message, O poor sick body, who do you telegraph me through this globby gak? Read More >>

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Chemists Explain Why You Probably Shouldn’t Bother With Cough Syrup

Every year, people spend billions on cough syrup. But is it really effective? A new video by the American Chemical Society explains why most cough medicines don’t actually work as advertised. Read More >>

Can You Actually Get Ill From Being Cold?

We've all been nagged about staying warm in the winter by a concerned elder: "You don't want to catch cold!" But that's absurd; everyone these days knows colds are only caused by viruses, right? Well, it's complicated. Read More >>

Poor Kids Get Ill More When They Grow Up

As if they didn't have it hard enough already. We reported earlier this year that having short telomeres will increase your risk of catching a cold, but further research now suggests that children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds will already have shorter telomeres. Read More >>