Overeager immune system cells may be to blame for multiple sclerosis

Fortunately, they’re hot on the heels of the mechanisms that allow them to affect brain cells.

Most Americans aren’t really healthy, study finds

Unfortunately… not so many good news this time.

Some people can really tell if you look sick, new study reports

How good are you at detecting diseased people?

Snake fungal disease could be a global threat, much bigger than we thought

“This really is the worst-case scenario,” said one scientist.

Lab mice with natural gut bacteria are wildly more resistant to disease and tumors

Living in a sterile, controlled environment make lab mice not such a good model for human diseases.

Dolphins can also get Alzheimer’s, surprising new study finds

We really do have a lot in common with dolphins.

Snake fungal disease observed in Europe for the first time

Some pretty bad news for European snakes.

In 2014, the Ebola virus mutated to infect people more efficiently

Viruses are mutating and adapting to the human body.

African study wants to track half a million people for five years

South Africa has announced plans for what will be the continent’s largest study.

Elephants walk on their tip-toes and it’s literally killing them in captivity

Elephants don’t walk on high heels, but they act like they do nevertheless.

Wearable artificial kidney may change how we perform dialysis forever

Dialysis on the go may soon become reality.

WHO endorses first Dengue Fever vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially endorsed the world’s first Dengue fever vaccine, a disease that infects 390 million people each year.

Humans gave Neanderthals herpes, tapeworms and a slew of tropical diseases

Westerners are horror-struck by the prospect of an Ebola or Zika pandemic in their very own neighbourhood. Media panic aside, that’s extremely unlikely thanks to modern medical science. Our close cousins, the Neanderthals, weren’t so lucky tens of thousands of years ago when they first met us, humans. British researchers analyzed ancient bone DNA and sequenced pathogens and found some infectious diseases are far older than we thought. They argue that it’s very likely that humans passed many diseases to Neandertals, the two species having interbred, like tapeworm, tuberculosis, stomach ulcers and types of herpes.

Gum diseases could open the body to a swarm of infections

Mouth microbes may be connected to a variety of illnesses, more and more studies are showing. Dental care has been disconnected from general health care for many years now, but the more you start to think about it, the stranger it seems. After all, you don’t really separate any other branch of medicine so… why teeth? It all started in

‘Extraordinary’ cancer breakthrough: 94% of terminally ill patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia went into remission

In what has the potential to be a paradigm shift, doctors report extraordinary progress in treating patients with a severe, terminally form of leukaemia.

Transplant Organizations issue a guidance statement regarding Zika virus

The transplant community has established a new committee to address the recent Zika virus outbreak, and protect organ transplant patients from the potential dangers of the virus.

Humanity is close to eradicating the first disease since smallpox: the dreadful Guinea Worm

It’s a horrific disease, but one that may be going to the history books soon.

New diseases threatens world’s tadpole population

A new highly infectious diseases has been observed in tadpoles from three continents, threatening global populations. The disease, which was identified and described by British scientists, is a distant relative of an oyster disease. “Phylogenetic analyses revealed that this infectious agent was affiliated with the Perkinsea: a parasitic group within the alveolates exemplified by Perkinsus sp., a “marine” protist responsible

Coral disease threatens Hawaii reef

A disease called black band coral disease is affecting nearly half of the reef sites researchers have surveyed in waters off Kauai and threatens to destroy Hawaii’s reefs, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

WHO says sugar intake should be halved to cut obesity pandemic

It’s increasingly hard to eat less sugar, as market shelves are filled with sugary products. In the past ten years alone, global sugar intake has risen by ten percent. In what’s not the first and surely not the last appeal of the sort, the Wold Health Organization reports adults and children from the Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must halve their daily sugar intake to reach acceptable levels. Otherwise the risk of obesity and tooth decay, to name a few, will skyrocket. In terms of daily energy intake, the new guidelines means that people should keep sugar at a maximum of 10% of equivalent energy.