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 >>

Tinder Causes Unplanned Pregnancies for Women in Their 30s, Says Health MP

Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price, the elaborately-titled Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention at the Department of Health, has said dating apps like Tinder are causing an increase in unplanned pregnancies for women in their thirties. Read More >>

Panasonic’s Made a Hospital Bed that Turns into a Motorised Wheelchair

From the Hall of Good Ideas (actually the Panasonic Robotics Hub in Japan) comes something that seems like a no-brainer in the best possible way: a hospital bed that automatically transforms into a motorised wheelchair. Read More >>

Neanderthals Survived in Ice Age Europe Thanks to Effective Healthcare

Neanderthals cared for their sick and wounded, and new research suggests this well-documented behaviour was more than just a cultural phenomenon or an expression of compassion—it really did help them survive. Read More >>

Huge Advancement in MRI Tech Captures Teeny Molecules With Incredible Resolution

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines in hospitals are great at creating pictures of the human body. For decades, scientists have hoped that the same technology could be used to examine much smaller things, like individual molecules. Now, a team from Canada and the United States has revealed a new, high-resolution MRI method with resolutions down to two nanometres, the width of a DNA strand. Read More >>

Apple Launches Healthcare Service to Treat Employees’ Out-of-Warranty Bodies

Apple is reportedly launching a new healthcare venture this spring, but it will only aid its own employees—at least for now. Read More >>

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 >>

Certain Penis-Dwelling Bacteria Might Increase Your HIV Risk

HIV transmission is a complex process with factors beyond just who you sleep with and how. The virus ultimately needs to find its way to the correct kinds of cells in order to wreak havoc. And some of the risk, at least for those with penises, may come from the kinds of bacteria on the tip. Read More >>

Your Fancy Pill-Reminder Box Isn’t Helping You Remember Anything

If you’re the type of person that has trouble remembering to say, take your birth control or heart medication every day, technology offers a solution. Pillboxes, these days, are tricked out pieces of tech. For £80 or less, you can buy one that syncs to your phone, reminds you to take your pills, and even tattles on you to your loved ones if you fail to heed its persistent beeps. Trouble is, the things might not actually work. Read More >>

New Wearable Tech Can Make Hospital Visits More Comfortable

In the age of the Internet, you can do almost anything wirelessly. This is especially intriguing in the health care field where professionals can monitor the data of patients without having to be in the room. Read More >>

Google Adds More Maladies to its Hypochondriacs’ Illness List

If you’d rather Google the weird thing growing on your hand than go see your friendly neighbourhood healthcare professional, good news: Google is announcing support for many more medical conditions, without having to ever leave search results. Read More >>

Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

In the interests of not being an idiot, you should probably be nice to your doctors. But if common courtesy isn’t a good enough reason, a recent paper suggests you’ll get worse medical treatment if you’re worse. Read More >>

New Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Uses Gene Therapy to Improve Lung Function

A new gene therapy treatment could offer hope to cystic fibrosis sufferers following a seemingly successful clinic trial. Read More >>

IBM’s Watson Could Offer Customised Treatment to Every Cancer Patient

Rather than relying on extreme approaches like chemotherapy and radiation treatments, cutting-edge cancer cures are looking more towards a surgical strike, tailored to shutting down the mutations that are driving growth. And the secret weapon in that fight might just be a well-known Jeopardy contestant. Read More >>

More Evidence That the NHS is the UK’s Greatest Innovation

This infographic shows the perceived barriers to accessing healthcare in countries around the world. The percentage of people not seeking help because of cost, in the very first row, is why we're quite lucky we have free access to someone to moan at when bits of us go red or hurt. Read More >>