mental health

Your Cat’s Parasite Won’t Make You Psychotic, Study Says

Previous studies have shown that cats carry a parasite that can alter human brains and behavior, a phenomenon sometimes referred to as "crazy cat lady syndrome." Fortunately, new research (somewhat) vindicates our feline friends.
Kimberly Lawson
The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Bunch of High Schoolers Recreated Martin Shkreli's Overpriced HIV Drug for $15

A group of 16- and 17-year-old boys was able to recreate Daraprim for just $2 a pill.
Lauren Messman

This Parasite Could Explain Crazy Cat People

A whopping 20 percent of Americans might have gotten this parasite from their cats.
Madison Margolin

How Your Cat Could Be Making You Mentally Ill

A 2016 study has found that people with a rage disorder are over twice as likely to have been exposed to a parasite found in cats. Do pet lovers around the world need to worry?
Zing Tsjeng

I Toured London's Most Unhygienic Restaurants

Does a terrible hygiene rating always equal the worst food you've ever put in your mouth? I ate a bunch of stuff that could potentially have given me norovirus to find out.
Hannah Ewens

How a Cat Parasite Affects Your Behavior, Mental Health, and Sex Drive

We used to believe that a healthy human could control the Toxoplasma parasite indefinitely. New evidence suggests the opposite. Through a delicate finessing of the neurotransmitters in our brains, it is us who are being controlled.
Roc Morin

An Explanation From the Scientist Behind That Cat Poop Cancer Treatment

You won't ever cure your cancer by eating cat poop, if that's what you were thinking. Dr. David J. Bzik, who has worked with toxoplasma for over a decade, is more interested in other aspects of his discovery.
Mike Pearl
Motherboard Blog

The Mind-Controlling Cat Parasite Has Been Found in Arctic Beluga Whales

Toxoplasma gondii has made the jump from land mammals to ocean ones, and climate change may be to blame.
Jason Koebler
Motherboard Blog

The Effects of the Cat Mind-Control Parasite Might Be Permanent

This is bad news for mice and some human schizophrenics.
Michael Byrne

Toxoplasmosis - Part 3

Cats have held a powerful sway over man for millennia. I'm sure you've wondered about it. Known something was wrong. And yet... Never been able to put your finger on it. Allow me to explain.
James Harvey
Motherboard Blog

Is This Cat Parasite Really Making People Kill Themselves?

The parasite _Toxoplasma gondii_ is already the stuff of _whoa crazy!_ internet lore to a fairly high degree as that thing that you can get from your cat's crap that might cause schizophrenia, via the disease Toxoplasmosis. Indeed, of you're reading...
Michael Byrne
Motherboard Blog

Parasites, Drivers of Our Evolution, Pushed Us to Have Sex

The Cold War looks like a pillow fight compared to the ancient arms race between humans and the vicious microbes that mate and feed inside them.