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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.
What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital? M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.
Understanding the human microbiome will lead to breakthroughs in health care, including treatments for ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome. Shutterstock

The human microbiome is a treasure trove waiting to be unlocked

The microbiome is one of the largest organs in the body. Understanding its constituents and their functions will lead to breakthroughs in health care and well-being practices.

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