Everything you need to know about crapping at the opera before 1830

In case you were wondering how people evacuated their bowels at the London theater in the 19th century, Dr. Michael Burden of the University of Oxford has you covered with his new paper, "Pots, privies and WCs; crapping at the opera in London before 1830." In this edifying study of sanitation in a more fragrant era,… » 5/09/12 7:15am 5/09/12 7:15am

Breakthrough: Gene Therapy Provides Full Protection from HIV…

For hundreds of years, immunization has been one of society's most elegant and dependable methods of disease prevention. Vaccines have been developed for infections ranging from measles to HPV. Many of us get vaccinated to protect ourselves against seasonal illness, or before traveling internationally. Vaccination is… » 12/01/11 8:11am 12/01/11 8:11am

The EU has banned X-ray body scanners in airports — for medical reasons

What price will the United States pay in the name of security? A PBS NewsHour investigation published earlier this month reported that as many as 100 Americans could develop cancer each year due to radiation emitted by full-body X-ray scanners, which continue to pop up en masse at airports across the US. » 11/16/11 3:50pm 11/16/11 3:50pm

A Vaccine That Could Protect Against Tooth Decay?

A vaccine against cavities has been a dream pursued for over 30 years by researchers and the National Institutes of Health. Fluoridated water supplies, instituted in the United States and Canada in the mid-1940s, have gone a long way to decrease cavities at a cost of approximately one dollar per recipient per year. » 11/03/11 8:00am 11/03/11 8:00am

Public Health Breakthrough: New home HIV tests are safe and accurate…

HIV testing is now something you can do in the privacy of your own home. New research has tracked a trial program of self-administered HIV tests in Malawi, and shown that these tests could make a major difference in helping people find out their HIV status — and stop spreading the disease. » 10/07/11 2:00pm 10/07/11 2:00pm