Tuberculosis and leprosy thrive by pretending to be viruses

When the human body becomes infected with particularly severe forms of diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy, its immune response is to produce lots of interferon-beta, a virus-destroying protein. There's just one problem. Those diseases are bacteria, not viruses. » 3/03/13 2:05pm 3/03/13 2:05pm

Armadillos, Leprosy, and... You?

The lovable armored creature that is the armadillo carries with it leprosy, a disease stigmatized by mankind throughout history. Can humans actually contract leprosy from a these tank-like wonders of nature? » 1/24/13 7:00am 1/24/13 7:00am

10 of the Craziest Things That You Never Knew About Quarantines

If you're worried about catching a super-virus, you can always be extra careful about washing your hands. But sometimes that's not enough. Sometimes you just need to get all those sick people away from you. This idea has fueled many successful — and unsuccessful — quarantines over the years. Here are the strangest,… » 9/09/11 10:00am 9/09/11 10:00am

5 real diseases that could make you act just like a zombie

Zombies have dominated science fiction for years. But they don't actually exist, right? Wrong. There are several real-life diseases that could make you act like a zombie. » 6/04/10 4:30pm 6/04/10 4:30pm