Why an Australian Man Died 8 Years After Eating a Slug
Sam Ballard of Sydney, Australia died last week from a rare parasitic infection called rat lungworm disease.
Under the Knife
You Had to Be a Little Insane to Be a Surgeon in the 1800s
Back then surgery was nothing but rivers of pus and filth and it's a miracle the human race survived.
What Almost Every Outbreak Story Gets Wrong
If the story of Gaëtan Dugas as Patient Zero was scientifically inaccurate, why did it persist for so long?
Everything You Need to Know About Herpes and Sex
A guide to not passing along the world's most common STI.
Why Viruses Have Evolved to Be Gentler on Women
A new study seeks to find an evolutionary explanation for the so-called "man flu" phenomenon, in which men are perceived to be greater victims of infectious disease.
Scientists Recreated One of Our Deadliest Plagues to Understand Its Evolution
The bacterium behind the Black Death and Justinian's Plague comes back to life.
Is Undead Smallpox Reemerging From Siberian Graves?
Scientists debate the dangers of a new plague emerging from permafrost thaws.
A 13-Year-Old Girl Died of Toxic Shock Syndrome After Doctors Misdiagnosed Her
Doctors told Jemma-Louise Roberts her vomiting and diarrhea were a simple stomach virus. A week later, she had died from toxic shock syndrome.
'Post-Treatment Controllers' Offer a Glint of Hope for a Functional HIV Cure
Some patients are able to stop antiviral therapy and remain healthy. No one quite knows why.
We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if No One Got Vaccinated
To start with, a lot more people would die from things like measles, mumps, and meningitis.
Infectious Disease Evacuations Could Incite a Race War in California Prisons
Rampant Valley Fever has killed dozens of inmates since 2006.
To Halt Infectious Diseases, Quarantine the Popular Kids
UK researchers measure social contact to track infectious diseases.