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Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

An explosion at Russia’s State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (Vector) resulted in a fire, glass blown out throughout the building, and one worker suffering third degree burns on Monday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Vector is one of the only two places in the world where live smallpox virus samples are officially stored, as well as retains stocks of other deadly pathogens including the Ebola virus and anthrax spores. Read More >>

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Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Force Areas in the US to Be Closed to Public

Plague-infected fleas affecting prairie dog colonies have forced closures in parts of the US state of Colorado, including wildlife areas and a suburb of the city of Denver, as authorities say the fleas could spread the disease to pets and people. Read More >>

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US Military’s Deadly Germ Lab Shut Down Due to Sloppy Work, Leaky Equipment

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shut down a leading American military research facility for failing to meet established safety standards, halting important research into some of the world’s most dangerous pathogens and toxins. Read More >>

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Tourist Infected by Brain-Invading Parasite After Eating Slug on a Dare in Hawaii

Health officials in the US state of Hawaii are warning residents and visitors to avoid slugs, snails, and rats after the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that three travellers visiting the state were recently infected with rat lungworm disease. One visitor got the disease because the individual ate a slug. Read More >>

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Researchers Say They’ve Created a Blood Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere say they’ve taken an important step in potentially helping people with a barely understood ailment that’s long been viewed sceptically by the public and even some doctors. They claim to have created a blood test that may be able to readily identify people who have myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Read More >>

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Cow-Slaughter Game Removed From Bristol Museum

A museum in Bristol has temporarily suspend access to one of its interactive exhibits, with the fun-for-all-ages touchscreen game Beat Bovine Tuberculosis cordoned off and powered down thanks to a public complaint. Read More >>

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Alarming Study Concludes Frogs Are Undergoing a ‘Catastrophic’ Global Die Off 

Scientists aren’t known for being alarmists. And that’s exactly what makes a new study released Thursday on amphibians so, well, alarming. Read More >>

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An ‘Unprecedented’ Epidemic Is Wiping Out the U.S. West Coast’s Starfish

In 2013, marine scientists witnessed a real-life, aquatic version of Contagion. Over the summer, divers in Monterrey, California were treated to a horror scene of sea stars – or starfish – with limbs torn asunder and bodies disintegrating. Soon, major aquariums up and down the U.S. West Coast reported their starfish went from paragons of health to dead in weeks. Beaches became littered with dead and dying starfish or their remnants. Read More >>

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Doctors Ask For Ban on Antibiotics For Sick Piggies

The preventative hosing down of farm animals with antibiotics to improve sausage yield ought to come to an end, say doctors, as delaying the looming antibiotic resistance health apocalypse is a bit more important than making sure everyone has enough bacon for their special weekend, tongue-of-the-dog brunches. Read More >>

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“Being Tall” is the New Cancer Likelihood Trigger

Tall people are more likely to get cancer, scientists have calculated, but can you clickbait why? Is it because they are nearer the sun? Do they sleep worse because their feet poke out more? Is it related to the amount of bending down that their internal organs are subjected to? Is it the cumulative effect of a lifetime of minor head bumps? Read More >>

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Rat Version of Hepatitis E Detected in a Human for the First Time

A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has contracted the rat-specific version of hepatitis E, something never observed before in a human patient. Health officials are now scrambling to understand how this could have happened — and the possible implications. Read More >>

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World’s Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

Humans have been producing and consuming cheese for a very long time, as the recent discovery of 3,200-year-old cheese in an ancient Egyptian tomb attests. Delicious though this cheese may have been, it was also a potential source of disease. Read More >>

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Can You Get Ill From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler, while generating a soft, lulling noise redolent of childhood afternoons spent indoors watching cartoons. What’s the catch? How exactly are these things slowly killing us, like every other good thing in the world? Read More >>

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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 >>