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A Woman Lost Her Toenails After a Fish Pedicure

An unorthodox beauty treatment meant to rejuvenate the feet turned into a disturbing medical mystery for one young woman. According to a case report published by her doctor in JAMA Dermatology, the woman’s toenails stopped growing and started falling off soon after she received a so-called fish pedicure. Read More >>

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US Government Study Says You’re Washing Your Hands Wrong, Which Is Gross and You Should Fix It

Hey, did you wash your hands recently? Well, you probably did it wrong. CNN pointed out a recent government study found that 97 percent of the time, people fail to properly wash their hands — a problem that can lead to all sorts of unnecessary illnesses being spread. Read More >>

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The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Reached a Major African City

An ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa has become much more worrying, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. While previous cases of the often fatal viral disease had been found in rural areas during this most recent outbreak, the first urban case of Ebola was recently confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the northwestern region of the DRC with 1.2 million residents. Read More >>

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How a Virus Spreads Through an Aeroplane Cabin

Travelling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it’s not uncommon to come down with a nasty illness after we return from a vacation or business trip. But is flying the culprit? The latest research suggests the answer is no—but much of it depends on where we sit. Read More >>

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In a ‘Key Milestone,’ Scientists Get a Clear Look at Huntington’s Disease Protein 

Scientists announced that they have observed the structure of huntingtin, a large and essential protein in many animals’ bodies which, when produced by a mutated gene, causes Huntington’s disease in humans. Read More >>

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We’re All Going to Live Longer! (But as Disease-Ridden Depressives)

There is some good news and some bad news coming in from the science world today, which confirms that the trend towards longer life is set to continue. Hooray. More time at the end of it all for watching TV on a pension. But although we might live longer, more of us are going to be doing so while beset and broken by the many plagues brought onto our own heads by modern lifestyles. Read More >>

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Houseflies Are More Capable of Spreading Disease Than We Realised

It’s never a nice feeling to watch a fly land on your next bite of food, but as new research shows, you may be justified in wanting to throw that delicious morsel in the garbage. Read More >>

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Japanese Super Fungus Takes Hold in Our Hospitals

Scientists have found a new type of fungus. Ahh, how cute. They'll probably name it after David Attenborough and... no wait. This is a bad one and it already has a name. Read More >>

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Your Eyeballs May Be Covered in Disease-Fighting Bacteria

If the eyes are windows to the soul, they’re open windows, potentially letting in all kinds of unwelcome bugs. To ensure that doesn’t happen, our tears are loaded with microbe-killing compounds and immune cells. In fact, our eyes are so inhospitable that it was long thought they were the only part of our bodies which lacked a symbiotic bacterial community. But now, scientists have found evidence of a once-inconceivable ocular microbiome—and it may help eyes fight off disease. Read More >>

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Earn ££££s Working From Home and Catching Whooping Cough

A team of researchers at Southampton University has an interesting proposition for anyone able to take a few weeks out of their lives -- catch a nasty disease to help create better vaccines and earn over three grand. Read More >>

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A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalisation. Read More >>

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Don’t Freak Out About the New Bird Flu Outbreak (Yet)

Chicken farmers in Tennessee are about to shed a lot of blood. After noticing an unusually high death rate in a flock, some Tyson Foods-suppliers discovered that they were dealing with a new bird flu outbreak. Don’t worry too much, though: The USDA says humans should be safe. Read More >>

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Veterinarian Catches Rare Form of Bird Flu From a Sick Cat Who Maybe Ate a Pigeon

A few days ago, NPR reported that 45 cats in New York City were confirmed sick with H7N2, a rare form of avian flu making the leap from birds to felines. Poor kitties. But Thursday morning, the NYC Department of Health confirmed H7N2 has spread from cats to humans, infecting a veterinarian caring for the cats who had tested positive for bird flu. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Used CRISPR to Treat a Horrible Genetic Disorder in Mice

Haemophilia is a devastating genetic condition—without the ability to form blood clots, those who have it risk bleeding to death from even the slightest cut. Read More >>

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Eating a Handful of Nuts Each Day Could Help You Live Longer

A sweeping analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20 grams of nuts each day are less likely to develop potentially fatal conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Read More >>