Health

Fat Can Build Up in Your Lungs

Add this to the list of insidious places that fat can accumulate: your lungs. A new study shows, for the first time, that fat can accumulate in the airway walls of the lungs, the authors wrote. The amount of fat accumulation was higher among people who were overweight or obese, compared with those of normal weight.  What’s more, the findings may explain, at least in part, why obesity is a

Vaping Outbreak Death Toll Reaches 33

Nearly three dozen people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses as the nationwide outbreak that continues to grow. Today (Oct. 17), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the outbreak’s death toll has climbed to 33, up from 26 deaths reported last week. The outbreak victims range in age from 17 to 75, with an average age of 44, the agency said. What’s more, the total number

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal can be found almost everywhere: in toothpaste, skin care products, baked goods, beverages and water filtration systems. Here’s what you need to know about this seemingly ubiquitous ingredient.  What makes it activated? Activated charcoal is created from carbon-rich materials burned at high temperatures, according to the National Capital Poison Center (Poison Control). For example, carbon-rich materials such as wood, coconut shells or coal, are burned at a high

Japan Just Imported Ebola to Prep for Possible Olympic Outbreak

Next summer, tens of thousands of sports fans will enter Japan to attend the Olympic games — but along with paraphernalia from their home countries, the tourists may be carrying lethal pathogens onto Japanese soil. To mitigate the risk of potential outbreaks, Japan imported the Ebola virus and four other deadly pathogens in September in order to prepare diagnostic tests, according to news reports. The pathogens represent the most dangerous

Man Has 25% of His Skin Removed to Treat 'Flesh-Eating' Infection

UPDATE: David Ireland, who contracted a serious infection with flesh-eating bacteria, has died, according to his family. “He fought very hard against this disease and all of us will miss him dearly,” David’s brother, Daniel Ireland, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page on Thursday, Aug. 29. Live Science published this article (below) on Aug. 27. A man in Florida has lost 25% of his skin after developing a life-threatening infection

What Is HPV?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 80 million people — about 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. — are currently infected with HPV, and 14 million people become newly infected each year in the U.S.  Most sexually active men and women will be infected with HPV at some point

Doctors Find Bizarre Mass of Bone, Teeth & Hair in Teen's Stomach. It Was Her Own Twin.

 A teenager in India was discovered to have a bizarre mass of bone, teeth and “hairy cheesy material” in her abdomen, according to a new report of the case. It was her own “twin” growing inside her, the result of an extremely rare condition called “fetus in fetu.”  The 17-year-old went to the doctor after developing a lump in her abdomen that had been gradually increasing in size over the

Why Did This Man's Taste Buds Disappear?

When a 64-year-old man stuck out his tongue for a physical exam, doctors could immediately tell something was off: Instead of a typical, textured tongue, his was smooth and shiny. It didn’t take long for them to recognize why: The man’s taste buds were missing. His tongue’s strange appearance would turn out to be a sign of an underlying blood condition that required a relatively simple treatment, according to a

More Than a Dozen Babies in Spain Developed 'Werewolf Syndrome' from Drug Mix-Up

  Parents in Spain started panicking this summer when 17 children and babies mysteriously came down with hypertrichosis, or “werewolf syndrome,” a condition in which their bodies and faces became covered in a dense layer of hair, according to news reports. “My boy’s forehead, cheeks, arms, legs and hands filled with hair. He had an adult’s eyebrow,” Ángela Selles, the mother of 6-month-old baby Uriel, told the Spanish newspaper El

Lab-Made Mini Brains Produce Brain Waves Just Like Those of Preterm Babies

Scientists created miniature brains in the lab that formed intricate networks and produced brain waves similar to those fired by the developing brain of a preterm human baby, according to a new study. The idea of growing miniature brains in the lab isn’t new; researchers have been doing so for nearly a decade. But most studies have used these mini brains or “organoids” to study large-scale structure.  For example, one