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This Is Why You Need A Flu Shot

If you’ve been debating whether to get a flu shot, you should watch this beautifully terrifying animation of a virus taking over a cell and sending millions of its progeny off to spread the infection.

Simply Counting Births And Deaths Could Solve Health Inequity In Africa

In Africa, only four countries record more than 75% of their births and deaths. This creates an unequal system and impacts on how governments plan for these citizens.

There's A Reliable Therapy For Sex Offenders -- But Nobody Wants Them To Get It

In June of 1994, a convicted child molester named Charlie Taylor moved into a small apartment in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, across the street from a community center. He had no family. He had no parole officer. At the time, sex offenders deemed too dangerous to be let out of prison early were, paradoxically, released at the end of their sentences with no ongoing oversight or treatment from the Correctional Services of Canada.

Do You Really Need To Take Painkillers Only After Food? Australia Says No

It’s long been thought that anti-inflammatory painkillers need to be taken at the same time as food to protect the stomach. But an Australian handbook for doctors has recently moved away from this advice.

What You Can Do About Mosquitos

From ancient home remedies to modern gadgets and even new clothes technology, there’s no need to suffer mosquito bites this spring. Follow this basic advice and never get bit again.

How Hormones Make You Feel Hungry And Full

The need to find fuel to generate energy is a profound drive within the biology of all living organisms: we all need food to survive. So it’s not surprising that our bodies have such a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones.

Ebola Chip Will Help Doctors Contain Future Outbreaks

In the highly unfortunate case you’re infected with Ebola, you really need to catch it ASAP so that you can quarantine yourself and get treated. That’s why scientists are now developing a portable ‘Ebola chip’ that optically analyses fluid samples and sniffs out nasty virus particles within minutes.

You Probably Can't Tell Your Toes Apart Without Looking At Them

You may think you know your body well — but you likely don’t know your toes as well as you may hope. A new study reveals that most people can’t tell their toes apart without looking at them.

Had A Heart Attack? It's Probably Safe To Have Sex Again

Although the sex-induced heart attack is a staple of fiction (I’m looking at you, Downton Abbey), in real life it’s quite rare. That’s reinforced by a study from Dietrich Rothenbacher and his research team at Germany’s Ulm University, which found that only a tiny fraction of patients (0.7%) said they were having sex in the hour before their heart attacks.

We're All Surrounded By A Personal Cloud Of Bacteria

Bad news, hypochondriacs: You’re walking in a massive cloud of bacteria. In fact, it’s kinda an extension of your body, and no amount of showering will rid you of it. Even better: It grew out of your mouth, poop and skin.

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