Spring Blossoms

Why We Actually Need Our Allergies

Allergies may be annoying, but they might also protect us from environmental toxins.
Statue of James Marion Sims in New York's Central Park

Contested Memorials and the Mothers of Gynecology

Many have heard of Dr. James Marion Sims and know him as the “father of gynecology” but what about the “mothers of gynecology”? Where is their memorial?

Why Do We Tickle?

Why do we tickle, why are we ticklish? Why does it make us laugh even while we try to get away from it? It's a ticklish subject....
Organic vegetables

Is it Nutritionally Beneficial to Go Organic?

Research suggests that there are real nutritional differences between organic and non-organic produce, milk, and meat. 
Depression

How Effective Are Routine Depression Screenings?

Despite increasing calls for routine depression screenings for young adults and pregnant women, such screenings raise many questions about their accuracy. 
Baths of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in Rome, 295 A.D.

The Health Risks of Living in Ancient Rome

From parasites to malaria, the health risks facing ancient Rome were numerous. 
October 15, 2009: Viagra and Norlevo tablets in window display of a a pharmacy in Kas, Turkey. Viagra is made by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the trade name for the drug sildenafil citrate. It is the prime treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was developed 1998 by british scientists for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. Norlevo is a hormonal contraceptive.

Covering Viagra, But Not Birth Control?

The different ways insurance companies treat Viagra for men and birth control for women show the inherent sexism and legal biases involved. 
Wine tasting pino noir

The Science Behind What Makes a Great Pinot Noir Great

Four compounds have been identified that can help growers determine the best time to harvest their grapes. 
Difficult choice between reason and passion.

Is There a Part of the Brain That Correlates To Feelings of Love?

Studying the anterior insula, a prune-sized region tucked away at the base of the brain, may provide interesting clues. 
Aedes aegypti feeding.

Controlling the Spread of the Zika Virus Through Genetic Modification

How genetic modification may be the key to halting the spread of the Zika virus.