health

The New Global Strategy To Counter Drug-Resistant Microbes

The World Health Organisation has a new strategy for fighting drug-resistant diseases like MRSA and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which cost lives and strain healthcare systems around the world.


Don't Get A 'Base Tan'

The myth of the ‘base tan’ needs to die. Like Bonnaroo and thongs, the concept of the base tan reappears every year and gets enthusiastically endorsed by a subset of confused people with dubious hygiene standards.


Are Female Condoms Finally Ready For A Second Chance?

Two decades after the “windsock” was nearly laughed off the market, a radical redesign has made the female condom more user-friendly. In a feature for Mosaic, Emily Anthes outlines the device’s history and how training in its use may help give women more choices for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.


SmartPlate Wants To Be Your Personal Nutritionist

The number of smart devices is skyrocketing, so it was really only a matter of time before the internet of things invaded our dining rooms. Enter the SmartPlate, which, if used diligently, will ensure you never eat another meal without first knowing its full nutritional breakdown.


Three Important Things You Probably Don't Know About Diabetes

When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and over-consumption.


How Anabolic Steroids Make You Stronger (And How They Destroy You)

The quick and dirty route to gaining strength is to take some kind of anabolic steroid. These drugs actually trick the body into building up muscle mass and endurance — but they can also age you far beyond your years.


Doctors Are Making A Catheter That Hurts Less

If you’ve ever had a urinary catheter, you’ll know they’re unpleasant. If you haven’t, imagine someone threading a tube up through your urethra into your bladder and … yes, yes they hurt. Mercifully, scientists are working out how to make the process less painful. Here’s how.


Why Lead Is Bad For Humans

Given that humans have been using lead in various products for over 8000 years (with the first known mining of it in Anatolia around 6500 BCE), you might be surprised to learn that we have known that lead is dangerous and shouldn’t be trifled with since at least 150 BC. Here is everything you need to know about this metal poison.


Jawbone UP3 Review: A Fitness Fiasco

The UP3 was supposed to be so much better. It was supposed to be fashion-forward. It was supposed to be waterproof. It was supposed to be more intelligent than any other fitness tracker. It isn’t. I spent the last couple weeks trying to like this band, and I just can’t do it.


Viagra Could Be A New Way To Fight Malaria

Viagra was famously discovered when researchers testing a high blood pressure drug found it had a curious side effect: erections. The pill may have another unexpected benefit too: A new study in human blood cells finds that Viagra — or drugs like it — could be used to prevent the transmission of malaria.