A woman with a protective mask in a plane

Do Airplanes Really Make You Sick?

A Curious Reader asks: Am I really at a higher risk of getting sick on an airplane?
A pair of tweezers removing a tick

A Brief History of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is seeing an upswing. But the-now widespread condition was not formally described until 1977, based on a case in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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Armadillos are Cute, but They Spread Leprosy

A surprising examination of how armadillos spread leprosy.

An Eye Full of Ebola

Dr. Ian Crozier was declared cured after a harrowing bout with the Ebola virus, only to discover that his left eye was full of the virus.

Welcome Back, Measles

The news of a recent outbreak at Disneyland in California brought measles back into the public view

The ABCs of Ebola

A is for don’t panic. The rest is science. Ebola was first described in the mid-1970s. It causes ...

Happy Birthday, Osamu Shimomura!

August 27th marked the birthday of Osamu Shimomura, the organic chemist who discovered green fluorescent protein in 1962. ...