Monthly Archives: May 2018

Gut bacteria drive belly fat, but are genes or diet to blame?

Gut bacteria influence our health, potentially raising the risk of metabolic diseases. But is their activity affected by diet or by our genetic profile? …read more

New Lab Matters: When the water comes, be prepared

According to a study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the volume of rainfall from storms will rise by as much as 80% in North America by the end of the century. Not only do storms and floods threaten public health laboratory facilities, but receding floodwaters pose serious public health risks. As our […]

Can you use essential oils for shingles?

Shingles results in a painful, itchy rash that can lead to blistering and permanent nerve damage. Medications can treat the condition, but many people also explore home remedies and alternative ways to alleviate symptoms. Here, learn which essential oils may help, including peppermint, thyme, and geranium oils. …read more

Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

Scientists have designed a way to reprogram viruses. They have trained them to attack cancerous cells but leave healthy tissue unscathed. …read more

Nylon halts fatal fungal infections

Certain fungi have grown resistant to common antifungal drugs. Exciting new research concludes that nylon polymers might provide a solution. …read more