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Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath. (Shutterstock)

Probiotics: What they are and how you might benefit from them

From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
What happened to make plague able to cause devastating epidemics, as in this depiction from 1349? Pierart dou Tielt/Wikimedia

Plague was around for millennia before epidemics took hold – and the way people lived might be what protected them

People caught and died from plague long before it caused major epidemics like the Black Death in the middle ages. Could what scientists call cultural resistance be what kept the disease under control?
Candida auris fungi, is becoming resistant to many anti fungal drugs. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com

Why does the CDC want us to ‘Think Fungus’?

When people get sick, they often suspect bacteria and viruses as the cause. But now the CDC is asking physicians and patients to consider another culprit: fungi.
Sweat keeps the human body cool, but why does it stink? AP Photo/Seth Wenig

An artist’s journey into the science of sweat

What is the smell of sweat? An artist recreates the pungent body odor as an art installation.
Inhaling mist contaminated with Legionella pneumophila can lead to Legionnaires’ disease. Denis Klimov 3000/Shutterstock.com

Why are people still dying from Legionnaires’ disease?

A woman recently died from Legionnaires' disease at an Atlanta hotel. Why? The cause is known and the disease is largely preventable. Yet the number of cases in the US continue to rise.

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