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A regular checkup turned dangerous when a dog tested positive for the plague.

A dog exposed more than 100 unsuspecting vets to the Black Death after contracting the bacteria from sniffing a dead rodent

The pet was brought in for lethargy and fever, but vets continually dismissed the theory of the plague because it was so unlikely.
Sleeping in could have a negative impact on health.

The benefits of sleeping in at the weekend don’t last, and doing so could even be bad for your health

The yo-yoing back and forth between good and disrupted sleep could be negatively affecting our biology.
Falling in love could give your immune system a boost.

Being in love could prevent women getting a cold, according to new research

Women who were 'in love' showed higher activity in their genes involved in antiviral defenses, so they had better immunity against illnesses.
An illustration of Christopher Columbus arriving in North America in 1492.

European colonizers killed so many indigenous Americans that the planet cooled down, a new study reveals

The diseases brought to North America by Columbus and other colonizers killed 90% of indigenous populations, sparking a global cooling.
A vector control team leaves after spraying pesticide through a Del Mar neighborhood where increasing numbers of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego, California, U.S. May 18, 2016.

A major climate report predicts West Nile virus and other insect-borne diseases will become far more common in the US

West Nile virus, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and dengue are all projected to become more common in the United States as temperatures continue to rise.

A superstar ex-Facebook and Google exec is trying to upend a $24 billion industry with devices that spot disease sooner — and she’s alread...

A brush with death inspired ex-Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen to embark on her latest initiative at a San Francisco-based startup called Openwater.
Dementia is a term used for symptoms like confusion, memory loss, mood changes, and personality changes.

This is what it’s like to care for someone with dementia

There are about 50 million people in the world living with dementia. Here's what it's like for the people taking care of them.
Genetics are involved with diseases.

10 diseases and illness that can be hereditary

The causes for all diseases can differ but these can be passed down from your parents.
The science team behind Mammoth Biosciences

A medical diagnostics startup that wants to use CRISPR technology to detect diseases raised $23 million in venture funding

Mammoth Biosciences, a diagnostics startup that uses CRISPR proteins to detect diseases like HPV and malaria, raised $23 million in funding to develop its technology.
A diet rich in plants is good for your brain and body.

A plant-based vegan diet could help people with type 2 diabetes manage weight and blood sugar levels, according to a new study

According to new research, a plant-based or vegan diet might be the best to follow for people with type 2 diabetes. But not all vegan diets are healthy.