HIV Symptoms Are So Subtle That It’s Honestly Scary

HIV is scary as sh*t—which means that its symptoms are equally terrifying…right? Not exactly. “Most people who get infected don’t even know. It’s only in hindsight they recognize the symptoms,” says Michael Horberg, M.D., director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente. That’s because HIV symptoms are, well, probably things you would totally brush off if you

New technique helps uncover changes in ALS neurons

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered that some neurons affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) display hypo-excitability, using a new method to measure electrical activity in cells, according to a study published in Stem Cell Reports. “The excitability changes observed in these patient neurons most likely represent the early steps in the disease process,” said Evangelos

Why Are Men on Instagram Obsessed With Baking Sourdough Bread?

Last winter, Matt Goold, 31, a design director for a digital creative agency, started watching The Great British Baking Show, a reality show featuring amateur bakers competing for the honor of being named the top baker in the United Kingdom. Goold enjoyed the show; he found it both entertaining and appropriate enough for his two

California Aedes mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika

Over the last five years, Zika virus has emerged as a significant global human health threat following outbreaks in South and Central America. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have shown that invasive mosquitoes in California — where cases of Zika in travelers have been a regular occurrence in recent years — are

6 Health Benefits of Onions

Get ready to cry some happy tears, because onions definitely deserve a spot on your cutting board this summer. White, yellow, red/purple, and green—all varieties of onions offer some pretty impressive health benefits. The veggie has long been held in high regard: Archeologists have uncovered traces of onions dating back to 5000 B.C. It’s said that

Toward a computer model that predicts the outcome of eye diseases

The eye hosts a powerful biological computer, the retina. Understanding how the retina transforms images from the outside world into signals that the brain can interpret would not only result in insights into brain computations, but could also be useful for medicine. As machine learning and artificial intelligence advance, eye diseases will soon be described

Changes in stress after meditation

For a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there has never been a systematic study that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation until now. U.S. Army Research Laboratory researchers spent a year collaborating with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas

A case of ‘kiss and tell’: Chromosomal kissing gets less elusive

How are chromosomes arranged in the cell nucleus? Is it possible that they communicate with one another by “touching” each other? To answer this question and to shed more light on the fundamental properties of the communication between different chromosomes, Philipp Maass from Friedrich Luft’s lab at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in

Is YOUR country prepared for an epidemic?

Is YOUR country prepared for a disease epidemic? Interactive map reveals only 14 per cent could cope, with Australia and South Korea at the top of the list Global health experts’ interactive map ranks countries’ ability to cope with an outbreak on a scale of 1 to 100 Of the 65 countries which have been

Should healthy people take probiotic supplements?

A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yoghurts, pills, powders and speciality foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess. Advocates of probiotics have hailed them as the answer to all sorts of health issues and conditions. But what exactly are probiotics? And, more

Sarah Hyland Shares Hospial Selfie Of 'Painful' Swollen Face

Sarah Hyland revealed in a new Instagram Story that she was hospitalized on Monday. “Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle or feelin cute. This time for #NationalSelfieDay, I’ve decided to share my truth. As painful as it is,” the Modern Family actress captioned a picture of her swollen face. “So here

Writing away the body image blues: Study suggests different mental frameworks women can use to get out of body image rut

Body dissatisfaction among women is widespread and can lead to a number of worrisome outcomes, including eating disorders, depression and anxiety. While researchers know a lot about what makes women’s body image worse, they are still short on empirically supported interventions for improving women’s body image. Renee Engeln, a professor of instruction in psychology in

Urgent call for prevention strategies for sleep-related infant deaths

Dr. Kyran Quinlan and colleagues at Rush issue an urgent call for prevention strategies for sleep-related infant deaths in his viewpoint, “Protecting Infants From Sleep-Related Deaths” published in the June 18 online issue of JAMA Pediatrics. “Approximately 3,700 sudden unexpected infant deaths occur each year,” said Quinlan, associate professor and division director of general pediatrics