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CDC Says It's Concerned About Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' That's Paralyzing Kids CDC Says It's Concerned About Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' That's Paralyzing Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued a warning about a disease known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an illness it says it knows very little about but can cause arm or leg weakness and paralysis, particularly in children. According to a Tuesday press briefing, there have been 62 confirmed…

Report: There May Be More Criminal Charges Coming in the Theranos Investigation Report: There May Be More Criminal Charges Coming in the Theranos Investigation

The fraud case against the ex-management of crooked blood-testing startup Theranos, former CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, is just one component of a larger investigation into the company, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more.

Scientists May Have Found a Genetic Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction Scientists May Have Found a Genetic Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction

A group of scientists believe they’ve uncovered at least some of the genetic risk factors that can contribute to a common health concern among men: erectile dysfunction. Their findings, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, have possibly identified a specific place in our genome linked…

Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.

Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports Researchers Identify Hundreds of 'Selfie Deaths' From Media Reports

Next time you’re tempted to take a risk to get that perfect selfie, maybe think twice about it. A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces,…

World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.

Is Breakfast Cereal Any Good for You? Is Breakfast Cereal Any Good for You?

Wrangle up the right studies and you can make anything look deadly. Breakfast cereal—at least, the kind without cartoon mascots—might seem innocuous, and might be marketed as healthy, but that’s no reason to think that every naturally-flavored bite isn’t speeding you towards the grave. Nothing, in this world, is above…

Apple Watch Series 4: Here’s Everything It Can Do Apple Watch Series 4: Here’s Everything It Can Do

Coming as a surprise to no one who eagerly scanned the countless leaks, today Apple revealed the fourth generation Apple Watch which sticks with the wearable’s square-faced, minimalist form factor, but improves how much info can be squeezed on that tiny display, and the watch’s health-tracking capabilities.

Yes, Vanilla Ice Really Was on That Quarantined Flight From Dubai Yes, Vanilla Ice Really Was on That Quarantined Flight From Dubai

Earlier today, a flight that had left Dubai in the United Arab Emirates landed at JFK International Airport in New York with 549 passengers and crew on board—and was promptly quarantined due to a mysterious ailment spreading throughout the cabin. In the neighborhood of 100 people on board showed symptoms including…

Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More Fraudulent Blood-Testing Firm Theranos, Which Is Still Somehow a Company, Will Soon Be No More

Theranos, the fraudulent blood-testing startup which has despite an incredible amount of wrongdoing managed to remain an extant corporate entity until now, will soon dissolve.

'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation 'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation

Researchers looking into bizarre reports of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and later China hearing troubling noises before developing symptoms very similar to brain trauma have pinned the most likely cause—and it’s not some form of mysterious sonic device, as previously speculated.

The Best Way to Apply Sunscreen to Your Face, Revealed by a UV Camera

I am a bit of a sunscreen fanatic. My morning and midday sunscreen applications are ritualistic in nature, and I love trying out new products that claim to shield my precious skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Luckily for me (and unluckily for my wallet), there are a menagerie of sunscreen products on the market…

Report: Juul's Manufacturers Knew Teens Were Using Them as Early as 2015 Report: Juul's Manufacturers Knew Teens Were Using Them as Early as 2015

Juul, the manufacturer of the wildly popular and allegedly very addictive Juul e-cigarette, is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration for marketing tactics the agency claims were designed to result in the nation’s ongoing teen vaping boom. According to a Monday report in the New York Times, a former…

EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine EpiPen Expiration Dates Extended as Schools Face Shortage of Allergy Medicine

The EpiPen, a life-saving medical product for treating severe allergies, is in short supply as American kids head back to school. But Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that owns the EpiPen, has come up with a solution to the shortage: Expand the expiration date on some of its products. The U.S. Food and Drug…

Google's Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking into a Game Google's Revamped Fitness App Turns Activity Tracking into a Game

There’s a whole host of Google apps that people use on a daily basis, like Chrome, Gmail, Drive, and so on. But Google Fit hasn’t really caught on like that. In an effort to improve its Android heath and fitness app, Google has basically redesigned Fit to better support people’s activity and wellness goals.

How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep? How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be. And since you’re…

The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found…

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000 These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

Americans who opened the newspaper on January 5, 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were…

A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women's Test Scores For Years: Reports A Top Medical University in Japan Has Been Lowering Women's Test Scores For Years: Reports

A leading medical university in Japan wanted more male students—so it’s reportedly been lowering the entrance exam scores of female applicants for years.

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