diseases

Anti-Missile Tech Is Being Used To Find Malaria Before It Strikes

As it stands now, there’s no truly effective method of protecting against malaria. Vaccines are notoriously difficult to make, and it’s almost impossible to detect the infection in its early stage — until now, that is. And it’s all thanks to highly advanced, tank-fighting military hardware.


France Lost Thousands Of Vials Containing The SARS Virus

Somebody’s definitely getting fired, after over 2300 vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus went missing from the Pasteur Institute in France earlier this week. Not one or two vials, mind you. Thousands of them.


Military Future-Lasers Could Help Detect Bombs And The Flu

DARPA is investigating handheld UV laser devices to help soldiers detect biological and chemical weapons from a safe distance. But when they master that technology, it won’t just be used on the battlefield; it could also help public health workers detect and track outbreaks of communicable diseases. Fighting flu with lasers? This really is the future.


Plague DNA Found In Ancient Tooth Suggests Black Death Isn't Dead Yet

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Bubonic plague, but the chances of you knowing next to anything about the Justinian plague are significantly slimmer. That’s because no one really knew anything about the Justinian plague — until recently, that is. Now, two ancient, plague-ridden teeth are finally teaching us a little more about one of the worst pandemics in history — including the fact that another outbreak could be just around the corner.


A Common Liver Drug Could Be Key To Curing Parkinson's

The tragedy of Parkinson’s, which progressively robs patients of their physical abilities, is that while certain drugs, therapies and devices can restore some quality of life, so far we haven’t found a way to stop brain cells from dying. Now, researchers in the UK and Norway have found a drug that could keep brain cells functioning normally — and it’s been used to treat liver disease for years.


This Instagram For Doctors Lets You See Medicine's Most Bizarre Cases

There are not — nor will there ever be — any filters in Figure 1, a new iOS photo-sharing app that approximates the fruit of an unholy union between Instagram and the Discovery Health Channel. Instead, clarity is key; the app supplies users with a steady photo stream of very real, very not-for-the-faint-of-heart medical oddities and diseases.


What Exactly Is Multiple Sclerosis?

This month, many countries the world over will be helping spread awareness of Multiple Sclerosis — but what exactly is the disease? This video, by ASAP Science, helps explain.


Goddammit, We Still Can't Cure Alzheimer's Disease

Last year, a promising trial of a new antibody treatment was shown to totally stop cognitive decline in four Alzheimer’s patients over the course of three years, giving researchers hope that the disease could be slowed or even cured. This year, it was expanded into a double-blind placebo test and administered to nearly 100 times more Alzheimer’s patients. It proved ineffective. Goddammit.


Tiny, Sugar Pin Cushions Are The Sweetest Way To Get Vaccinated

Even if it means protection from dangerous, even fatal diseases, having a needle jabbed into your skin and liquid sickness squirted into your flesh is no fun for anyone. There are other needleless injection solutions out there, but a new microneedle array made completely out of dried sugar promises to make vaccination not only painless, but dirt cheap.


Just One Workout Can Double Your Flu-Fighting Chances

Are you one of those people who always gets sick every flu season? While it’s important to protect yourself with the flu vaccination, don’t forget to exercise as well. It may just double your chances of staying plague-free.