One of the world’s greatest killers is on the rise again

A medical illustration of drug resistance Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteriaIllustration: CDC / Coordination and Strategy Unit on Antibiotic Resistance One of the deadliest diseases in the world is back get on steam. A new report from the World Health Organization this week shows that the number of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis cases has increased worldwide in … Read more

Uh oh, scientists have figured out how to grow terrifying parasitic mushrooms in the lab

Just in time for Halloween, scientists in Korea say they’ve found a better way to grow an insect-destroying mushroom in the lab. Their work could make studying these fungi easier, which is important because they and the chemicals they produce could be used medicinally for humans, creepy as they are. The fungi are known as … Read more

A young man became allergic to orgasms, but there is a happy ending

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) In a recent case study, doctors describe: the unfortunate story of a man who developed an allergy-like reaction to his own orgasms. The bizarre and rare condition left him unable to pursue sexual and romantic relationships. Fortunately, the doctors managed to treat his problem with a simple over-the-counter antihistamine. The condition is … Read more

Diabetes drug linked to lower risk of dementia, study finds

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New research this week is the latest to suggest that some drugs intended to treat type 2 diabetes may also help prevent high-risk dementia groups. The study found that older people who took a relatively older class of anti-diabetic drugs were less likely to develop dementia than those who took other common … Read more

Common Stomach Disease May Help Cause Crohn’s Disease, Study Suggests

An illustration of norovirus particles. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A nasty but short-lived stomach flu can have lasting consequences for a few unlucky ones. Researchers have found evidence in mice and human cells that infection with norovirus can cause Crohn’s disease in people who are already genetically predisposed to it. The findings may also help scientists … Read more

CDC Says We Probably Can’t Get Rid Of Monkeypox

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers good and bad news about the ongoing monkeypox outbreak in the country. New cases are declining, likely thanks to a combination of vaccination and education efforts. But it is also likely that the virus will not be eradicated here … Read more

A cancer-fighting version of herpes shows promise in early human trial

An illustration of a herpes simplex virus. Illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists may be able to turn an ancient germ enemy into a cancer-fighting ally, new research suggests this week. In preliminary data from a Phase I trial, a genetically modified version of the herpes virus has shown promise in treating difficult-to-eradicate tumors, with one patient … Read more

Spironolactone May Help Treat Alcohol Use Disorder: Study

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) A widely used drug for heart and blood pressure could see a second act as a treatment for alcohol use disorder, new government-led research this week suggests. The study found evidence in both rodents and humans that the drug spironolactone can reduce craving and consumption of alcohol. spironolactone has been in the … Read more

Lupus patients went into remission after CAR T-cell therapy

Joint pain is a common symptom of lupus, but the chronic condition can affect almost every organ in the body. Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists in Germany may have demonstrated a new way to treat and possibly even cure the chronic condition lupus. In a study The team describes Thursday how patients who received a form … Read more

Painless tattoos can be on the way thanks to microneedles

In addition to the design you have chosen, another part of proudly showing off a tattoo is a reminder to others of all the pain you went through to get it. But that may not always be the case, as researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has found a way to borrow a new … Read more