Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Valley Fever Is Spreading Through a Hotter, Drier Western US

Valley Fever Is Spreading Through a Hotter, Drier Western US

By the time his primary care doctor discovered a 6-centimeter mass in his lung, Jesse was starting to think that whatever disease he had might actually end up killing him.Jesse got lucky that day.

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Somehow, I found a way to cope, to redirect my mind away from my pain, both physical and mental, and focus it on something fun: a mobile game.

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

Scientists are still trying to figure out if the same is true for Covid-19, or if the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is actually invading the nervous system directly.If the coronavirus is breaching the blood-brain barrier and infecting neurons, that could make it harder to find effective treatments.

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

The Ibuprofen Debate Reveals the Danger of Covid-19 Rumors

But, three days after it was published, the French Ministry of Health circulated a warning against using ibuprofen for Covid-19 fevers, citing “serious adverse events” occurring in “possible or confirmed cases.” The same day, the French minister of health, a physician, tweeted advice to avoid ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories because they could be “an aggravating factor” in Covid-19 infections.

Should We Let Kids Eat Dirt?

Should We Let Kids Eat Dirt?

As a parent in an era where half of my news feed cautions of the perils of living in an overly sanitized world and the other half highlights the dangers of flesh-eating bacteria, just how much exposure to soil are we supposed to give our children?

98.6 Degrees Is a Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite

98.6 Degrees Is a Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite

And it is lowest in the morning."A temperature of 99 at six o’clock in the morning is very abnormal, whereas that same temperature at four o’clock in the afternoon can be totally normal," says Jonathan Hausmann, a rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who gathered 11,458 temperatures in crowdsourced research using an iPhone app called Feverprints.The study, published online this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, refutes the age-old benchmark of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.