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CDC Warns Against the Scourge That is Cat Scratch Fever CDC Warns Against the Scourge That is Cat Scratch Fever

Attention cat-lovers and those who merely tolerate them: cat scratch fever is real and just like the CDC’s strident warnings about kissing chickens, they would also like you to watch it around Señor Fluffyface and his sharp little claws.

Shannen Doherty Reveals That Cancer Has Spread, Is Undergoing Chemotherapy  Shannen Doherty Reveals That Cancer Has Spread, Is Undergoing Chemotherapy 

Two weeks ago, Shannen Doherty revealed photos of herself with a shaved head, a symbolic announcement that she had begun chemotherapy for her breast cancer. Originally diagnosed in February 2015, she says now that the cancer spread further than she and her doctors had hoped—out of her breasts and into the lymph nodes.

You Might Be Able to Contract Zika From Oral Sex  You Might Be Able to Contract Zika From Oral Sex 

In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of French scientists described the case of a 24-year-old woman who had contracted Zika via oral sex. The scientists suggested that the case is strong evidence that Zika might be more easily transmitted through bodily fluids—including perhaps saliva from…

How Celebrities Are Changing the Way We See Chronic Lyme How Celebrities Are Changing the Way We See Chronic Lyme

“It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain,” Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster wrote in 2015. For four years, Foster says that she’s suffered from severely debilitating pain and an intense brain fog that’s forced her to “just watch and see life go by without me participating in it.” The…

Sperm Banks and Fertility Clinics Taking Steps to Keep the Zika Virus Out of Their Supply  Sperm Banks and Fertility Clinics Taking Steps to Keep the Zika Virus Out of Their Supply 

As the Zika virus continues to scare the shit out of everyone, fertility clinics and sperm banks are trying to adopt safety measures to keep infected sperm out of their supply. Although Zika is primarily spread through mosquito bites, it can also be sexually transmitted and through blood transfusions.

Chipotle Sued for Concealing 'Faulty' Quality Controls From Investors Chipotle Sued for Concealing 'Faulty' Quality Controls From Investors

Uh oh. It seems our our blessed Church of Chipotle has gone astray and lost itself in the mire of legal entanglements. On January 8 the company was issued a lawsuit for apparently concealing “flawed quality controls to investors.”

We Don’t Talk About HIV Enough Anymore, and a Lot Has Changed We Don’t Talk About HIV Enough Anymore, and a Lot Has Changed

If you grew up in the 1990s, you practically absorbed a degree in AIDS studies just by existing—or at least that’s what it felt like. The years since then have brought better tests and treatments, and we now know more about the virus, but that information isn’t common knowledge. HIV and AIDS have fallen off our radar.

An Oregon Teen Has Come Down With a Bout of the Bubonic Plague An Oregon Teen Has Come Down With a Bout of the Bubonic Plague

Wow, excellent: according to reports, a teenage girl in Bend, Oregon, contracted a case of bubonic plague from a flea during a hunting trip.

Liberian Woman Contracted Ebola Through Unprotected Sex  Liberian Woman Contracted Ebola Through Unprotected Sex 

On March 20, a 44-year-old Liberian woman was diagnosed with Ebola. The case initially puzzled doctors because the epidemic had begun to wane in the country—her case was the first diagnosis in a month—and the woman hadn’t been to a funeral or in contact with any current patients.

Latest Ebola Outbreak Caused By Bat Play, Horrifying Rain of Bats Latest Ebola Outbreak Caused By Bat Play, Horrifying Rain of Bats

While ebola hasn't been in the news as much in present weeks—prompting some to speculate that it's a government-created conspiracy meant to distract us from the real issues such as chemtrails—scientists have been busy at work behind the scenes figuring out exactly what caused the outbreak. Spoiler: It's probably bats.

Put a Virus On It: The Many Confusing Ebola Crafts of Etsy Put a Virus On It: The Many Confusing Ebola Crafts of Etsy

Ebola has killed thousands of people in West Africa and seriously impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands more. Stateside, one man has died and two female nurses who cared for him have been infected. Politicians are calling for travel bans, the CDC is scrambling and stock prices have plummeted in anticipation of…

From Miasma to Ebola: The History of Racist Moral Panic Over Disease From Miasma to Ebola: The History of Racist Moral Panic Over Disease

On October 1st, the New York Times published a photograph of a four-year-old girl in Sierra Leone. In the photograph, the anonymous little girl lies on a floor covered with urine and vomit, one arm tucked underneath her head, the other wrapped around her small stomach. Her eyes are glassy, returning the photographer's…

Pouring a Bucket of Ice Water Over Your Head Won't Cure ALS Pouring a Bucket of Ice Water Over Your Head Won't Cure ALS

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping my Facebook news feed and has gone as far as to be featured the Today Show, so it can now officially be classified as having gone viral. Celebrities like Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, golfer Michelle Wei and even the Elle.com digital team have participated in pouring buckets of…

There's a Major Measles Outbreak in NYC, Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers There's a Major Measles Outbreak in NYC, Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers

Back in 2000, measles was considered to be "eliminated" in the United States. But today—thanks largely to the efforts of anti-vaccination campaigns (for your health!)—the highly contagious disease is popping up all over the place. Oh, cool! Nothing like resurrecting a killer of children in the name of protecting…

Polio-Like Mystery Illness Afflicts Children in Northern California Polio-Like Mystery Illness Afflicts Children in Northern California

In Northern California’s Bay Area, an illness that resembles polio is affecting children and doctors aren’t sure what it is. The affliction develops as a sudden weakness in the arms and legs or "symptoms of paralysis." If your child exhibits these signs, health officials recommend they see a doctor immediately.

A State-by-State Look at Where Kids Are Not Being Vaccinated A State-by-State Look at Where Kids Are Not Being Vaccinated

This is frightening: Look at how many people, in each state in the United States, are opting not to vaccinate their kids.

Your Cat's Mouth Is a Festering Hole Lined with Disease-Riddled Knives Your Cat's Mouth Is a Festering Hole Lined with Disease-Riddled Knives

I love adorable kitty-cats as much as the next non-monster, but, as the poets say: "Just because you love something doesn't mean it can't deliver a necrotic puncture wound that will cause your extremities to rot off!" A new study on the dangers of cat bites found that, while dog bites might be more crushing and…

Health Insurer Crappily Denies Young Girl Necessary Gastric Bypass Health Insurer Crappily Denies Young Girl Necessary Gastric Bypass

Two parents in Texas have been, for the last three months, forced to watch their 12-year-old daughter suffer from a rare condition that makes her gain massive amounts of weight even as her body thinks it's starving, which would be a horrifying and exasperating thing to witness all its own even without a little extra…

More Than Half of Women Think Their Sick Boyfriends Are Faking It More Than Half of Women Think Their Sick Boyfriends Are Faking It

According to a new poll, men and women have very different perceptions of what goes on during cold and flu season (or as I don't EVER like to call it, cold and flu SNEAZON!). Basically, women are heartless bitches who think their dudes are exaggerating symptoms in order to get attention/sympathy/unlimited soup.…

Surprise! Vaccine Opt-Outs Fueled California’s Whooping Cough Outbreak Surprise! Vaccine Opt-Outs Fueled California’s Whooping Cough Outbreak

Data for California’s 2010 outbreak of whooping cough is in and it is telling parents, as politely as possible, to pretty please, with sugar on top, vaccinate their kids unless those kids have a medical exemption.

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