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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

As Ebola takes lives in Liberia, it leaves hunger in its wake

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

FOYA, Liberia — The Ebola virus, which has killed 2,766 Liberians and collapsed the country’s health care system, is also attacking Liberia’s food supply, bringing intermittent hunger to a wide swath of this country even as its 4.1 million people try to survive the epidemic. Read full article >>

Rosetta mission lands its probe on a comet and makes history

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Throughout human history, comets have been distant, mysterious heavenly bodies. The hunks of rock and ice streak through the sky, streaming bright tails of gas as the sun warms them. On Wednesday, mankind finally made contact with one. Show More Summary

The gross things co-workers do in the bathroom stall next to you

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Eat. Text. Not wash hands. These are the activities that an unsettling percentage of people say they do in the bathroom at work, according to the 2014 Hygiene Matters Survey conducted for SCA, a Swedish-based global hygiene product company. Read full article >>

Why some people just can’t dance or clap to the beat

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Some people just can't seem to keep a beat. You know the ones: They seem to be swaying to their own music or clapping along to a beat only they can hear. You may even think that describes you. The majority of humans, however, do this very well. We clap, dance, march in unison with few problems; that ability is part of what sets us apart from other animals. Read full article >>

Q&A with Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, USAID administrator dealing with Ebola in Liberia

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Ebola crisis has incited a massive global response, and it’s not easy to figure out who is running the whole operation. But one key figure is Rajiv “Raj” Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Read full article >>

Rosetta and Philae are breaking our hearts on Twitter

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Look, it's great that the Rosetta spacecraft separated from its lander, Philae. It had to happen: Philae is currently falling towards the surface of a comet, getting ready to make history by landing on it. It's already collecting new...Show More Summary

The Rosetta comet landing is mere minutes away from making history

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

After 10 years of hard work and one nerve-wracking night, the Rosetta mission is on track to make history and land a man-made object on a comet. The lander Philae is expected to touch down on the surface of the comet 300 million miles away at 11 a.m. Show More Summary

Australia put graphic labels on cigarette packs — and they’re working

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Australia's Parliament in 2011 became the first legislature in the world to mandate new plain, uniform packaging for cigarettes that included large graphic warning labels about the health risks of smoking. Read full article >>

Diagnosing glaucoma by watching your iPad? It could be here sooner than you think.

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Imagine being able to determine whether you have a degenerative eye disease such as glaucoma by simply watching a movie or TV show on your iPad. If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. For now. Read full article >>

Watch the historic Rosetta comet landing live, starting now

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

For the next 24 hours or so, you can bite your nails right along with scientists from the European Space Agency and NASA as they attempt to drop a robotic probe onto a comet for the first time ever. You can read more about the mission here. Read full article >>

Tomorrow humans will land a probe on a comet for the first time ever

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In the climax of a decade-long mission, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is expected to land on the surface of a comet tomorrow morning. But the journey is far from over: The feat of landing a probe on a comet's uneven,...Show More Summary

‘Untold’ stories from the ER

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

This week, the Discovery Fit & Health channel will broadcast the 100th episode of “Untold Stories of the ER” — a kinda-sorta fact-based series that takes what it says are true emergency room events, dramatizes them using actors alongside a few real doctors and patients, and creates a usually cheesy, often funny and sometimes cringe-worthy show. Read full article >>

Meet ‘Astro Terry’ Virts, America’s next big space star

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman's return to Earth means that humanity is without a social media guru in space. But fear not, for soon another American astronaut, Terry Virts, will make the journey to the cosmos, and from the looks of it, his social media game is strong. Read full article >>

Scientists find superbug bacteria in World War I soldier who died of dysentery

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists who unlocked the genetic code of bacteria grown from a soldier who died of dysentery say it revealed a superbug that was resistant to antibiotics decades before those drugs were in common use. Read full article >>

Death after a stroke may be tied to recent use of some prescription painkillers

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

THE QUESTION In the past decade, two drugs for arthritis-type pain — Vioxx and Bextra, both of them a type of NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) called a COX-2 inhibitor — were pulled from the market after research showed that they significantly raised the risk for heart attacks and strokes. Show More Summary

Readers weigh in on hormone therapy, a hallucinating grandma and dry needling

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Lessons learned about hot flashes and hormones It’s true that we post-menopausal women don’t get enough information about menopause. In “Feel a hot flash coming on? Give that baby a hug” [Nov. 4], the author neglected to mention an important fact about hormones and hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. Read full article >>

Can this ad campaign get people in Belgium to stop Googling their symptoms?

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Look, real talk — who among us has not, in moments of weakness and/or headache-induced distress, put medical symptoms into Google just to confirm that we were, in fact, probably totally dying? Let that person cast the first stone. Read full article >>

Polluted food and air may help explain a surge in children diagnosed with ADHD

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

More than 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been given diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a rate markedly higher than a decade ago. Might polluted food and air help explain this surge? Read full article >>

Paleontologist Jack Horner is hard at work trying to turn a chicken into a dinosaur

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In 2009, the world’s most famous paleontologist made a bold claim. In “How to Build a Dinosaur,” Jack Horner proposed re-creating a small dinosaur by reactivating ancient DNA found in its descendants, chickens. His 2011 TED talk on the subject went viral. And then for the past four years, the public heard nothing. Read full article >>

Skin cancer treatment costs rose five times faster than for other cancers

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Skin cancer treatment costs skyrocketed in the past decade, rising five times faster than treatment costs for all other cancers, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Between 2002 and 2006, $3.6 billion...Show More Summary

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