Older People May Have Trouble Staying Athletic, But Not for the Reason You Think

If you wanted to spend two weeks cycling through Denmark, you’ve just missed a good chance. A research team at the University of Copenhagen arranged just a 2700 kilometer cycling trip, to study how older people respond to exercise. The scientists measured the metabolism of the bikers and found a problem, although not… »11/13/15 5:00pm11/13/15 5:00pm

There's a Kegel Exerciser Designed to Give Men Taints of Steel on Kickstarter Right Now

Wait–men do Kegels? If you’ve heard of the exercises at all, it’s as a way for women to tone up their vaginas after they’ve been stretched to the max by childbirth. Minna Life, makers of the female-oriented Kegel exerciser kGoal, thinks men should get into the habit, too. »11/05/15 6:30pm11/05/15 6:30pm

Sounds Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good For You


Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But for decades, results coming out of lab after lab have shown that some kinds of helminths can be extremely beneficial to their host, and aren’t parasites at… »10/30/15 12:50pm10/30/15 12:50pm

The Makers of That "Miracle" Needle-Free Blood Test Are On The Defensive

Theranos seemed to be offering a miraculous new service: a single finger pinprick could yield the results of up to 200 different blood tests. But a scathing report in the The Wall Street Journal punctured these claims. Now Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has come to her company’s defense. »10/22/15 8:05pm10/22/15 8:05pm

Some Women Could Have Less Reason To Dread That Annual ObGyn Exam  

Ladies, you may find that your gynecologist is a bit more hands-off after you put on that little cloth johnny for your annual exam. Recent recommendations from the American Cancer Society and the American College of Physicians that challenge the status quo for breast, cervical, and pelvic exams are starting to reshape… »10/20/15 6:30pm10/20/15 6:30pm

Vitamins and Herbal Supplements Are Sending 23,000 Americans to the Hospital a Year

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine took a look at a decade’s worth of U.S. hospital admission data and found that over 23,0000 visits a year are actually due to substances people are taking to, theoretically, improve their health: vitamins and herbal supplements. »10/15/15 3:00pm10/15/15 3:00pm

This Year the Medicine Nobel Prize Went to a Pair of Parasite Poisons

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional… »10/05/15 6:53pm10/05/15 6:53pm