Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 7:46 am
Viruses are usually thought of as the bad guys — causing everything from Ebola and AIDS to hepatitis and measles. But scientists have been following the curious story of a particular virus that might actually be good for you.
The virus is called GB Virus-C, and more than a billion people alive today have apparently been infected with it at some point during their lives, says Dr. Jack Stapleton, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Iowa.
Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:13 pm
After a few cases here and there, measles is making a big push back into the national consciousness.
An outbreak linked to visitors to the Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, Calif., has sickened 67 people in California and six other states according to the latest count from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The newest inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be picked on Saturday. This happens as the Hall itself is planning a radical change over the next four years — transforming from a museum into a complex of hotels, conference centers and corporate training facilities — what backers envision as the Disney of Pro Football.
But, perhaps the most unusual part of that project is an assisted living center for aging Hall of Fame football players.
Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:20 pm
U.S. adults see various science-related topics much differently than do America's top scientists, with the two groups expressing widely divergent views on the safety of genetically modified foods, climate change, human evolution, the use of animals in research and vaccines, according to a new report published by Pew Research Center.
Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:46 pm
Let's face it: We are people who consume many of our meals on the go. That means we're not eating on real plates or bowls but out of plastic containers and paper boxes. And perhaps daily, we drink our coffees and sodas out of plastic or plastic-lined paper cups.
The number of measles cases in California continues to rise in what has become the state's worst outbreak in more than a decade. California is one of 17 states that offer vaccine exemptions based on personal beliefs. All but two states offer religious exemptions. Indiana only allows vaccine exemptions in cases where religious beliefs are involved.