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80 Things Besides Donald Trump That Gave Us Panic Attacks in 2016  80 Things Besides Donald Trump That Gave Us Panic Attacks in 2016 

The year 2016 has been an ice cream sundae of realized horrors, topped off by a human that actually looks like a cherry if that cherry was radioactive and run over by a convertible. A lot of fears that used to feel outlandish suddenly seem pretty plausible: apocalyptic climate change, nuclear war, fascism, close-up…

Well, After All That, the Ice Bucket Challenge Helped ALS Researchers Discover a Gene

The ice bucket challenge seems to have led to positive change in the world. Actually, the ice bucket challenge could heal the world.

A Bacterium Named 'Elizabeth' Is Plaguing Wisconsin  A Bacterium Named 'Elizabeth' Is Plaguing Wisconsin 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating a mysterious outbreak of a blood infection caused by the bacteria Elizabethkingia.

We Could Have a Testable Zika Vaccine in a Few Months We Could Have a Testable Zika Vaccine in a Few Months

Currently, there is no treatment for Zika, the virus that has become an epidemic throughout Latin America and infected over 100 Americans. But that could change soon.

Stop Freaking Out About Getting Ebola Stop Freaking Out About Getting Ebola

I was in the kitchen rummaging around for a snack last night when I heard the NY1 anchor interrupt his broadcast with a News Alert that New York City's Dr. Craig Spencer had tested positive for the Ebola virus. And then I did what anybody alone in an apartment with Ebola news sans context and restraint would do: I…

Stanford's 'Kissing Orgy' Tradition Is A Fun, Sexy Way to Get Mono Stanford's 'Kissing Orgy' Tradition Is A Fun, Sexy Way to Get Mono

Every year, freshman at Stanford University, their high school nerdstink still clinging to their strategically selected college reinvention outfits, gather on a quad to be ushered into the prestigious school's community by polite, consent-seeking upperclassmen. You'd think the tradition — known colloquially as the…

An Encyclopedia of Diseases Miley Cyrus Can Catch by Licking Things An Encyclopedia of Diseases Miley Cyrus Can Catch by Licking Things

Miley Cyrus may have claimed she's disavowed Twerking in her latest interview with Rolling Stone, but she's way into something that could turn out to be much more dangerous: licking things. She's licking a hammer and a rusty chain in the Wrecking Ball video. She's licking teddy bears onstage at the VMA's. She's…

Colorado Girl Staves Off Bubonic Plague, Gains Unfair Advantage in Future AP European History Class Colorado Girl Staves Off Bubonic Plague, Gains Unfair Advantage in Future AP European History Class

The bubonic plague, which helped build most of 14th century Europe's character, probably wiped out Constantinople in 542, and is the primary antagonist in both a pretty sweet novel about New Orleans called A Recent Martyr by Valerie Martin as well as a pretty sweet movie about New Orleans called Panic in the Streets,…

Chagas: The Scary Disease Some Are Calling the New AIDS Chagas: The Scary Disease Some Are Calling the New AIDS

Just when it seemed like all the super scary diseases had been discovered—flesh-eating bacteria, brain tapeworms, and, of course, HIV/AIDS, among many others—a new one comes along to bring fresh terror into our hearts. Introducing Chagas disease, which is caused by parasites that get into our bodies by way of…

Time to Freak the Fuck Out About Dying of Hep C Time to Freak the Fuck Out About Dying of Hep C

As a thirty-something, I spent my teen years being inundated with warnings about HIV, condom PSAs, sad news of AIDS-related deaths and a general paranoia that sex was potentially deadly. Now, in terrible news, Hepatitis C is now killing more Americans than HIV. According to the Scientific American:

Swimming With Dolphins Probably Does Not Cure Diseases

Dolphin therapy programs claim that swimming with the sea mammals can cure conditions from chronic fatigue syndrome to autism. However, aside from a few small studies suggesting that dolphin fun may help with depression and, oddly, eczema, there's no evidence for these claims. Also, as much as dolphins may like…

Introducing America’s Newest Disfiguring Disease: Blackberry Neck Introducing America’s Newest Disfiguring Disease: Blackberry Neck

Did you know that spending too much time looking down at your Blackberry is going to give your neck unsightly wrinkles? It's true! It's called Blackberry Neck. Says who? The lady who came up with the treatment for it. [Gawker]

Scary Gonorrhea Strains Resistant To Drugs

A quarter of gonorrhea strains in the US are now resistant to common antibiotics, and some are even resistant to the newer drugs that are doctors' last resort. If gonorrhea can't be treated with drugs, it can spread to your blood and joints and then kill you. So basically, never have sex again, and if possible, just…

The U.S.'s Twisted Syphilis Experiments in Guatemala The U.S.'s Twisted Syphilis Experiments in Guatemala

The United States carried out heinous experiments on Guatemalan prisoners in the 1940s, deliberately infecting them with syphilis via prostitutes. It took until today to apologize.

PETA Asks School To Replace Mascot • Lawyer Denounces Knox As She-Devil PETA Asks School To Replace Mascot • Lawyer Denounces Knox As She-Devil

• PETA has found a new calling and this time it's the University of Georgia's mascot, Uga. They say that the bulldog is being exposed to inhumane risks from the hot and humid air. •

Ha-Ha Headline Of The Day Ha-Ha Headline Of The Day

Science Now reports: "Herpes Never Sleeps." But under the funny heading comes some bad news - herpes may be much easier to transmit that previously believed. [ScienceNow]

Fat Women Don't Get Pregnant Fat Women Don't Get Pregnant

Apparently, the fatter women get, the harder it is for them to conceive. Funny, it used to be the more underweight a woman was, the harder it was to get pregnant. But Nicole Richie, who just weighed in at a buck o' five, sure turned that nonsense on its head! [The Guardian]

Jennifer Aniston Proves Wit And Charm Don't Matter In A Man: It's All About Having A Tight Ass Jennifer Aniston Proves Wit And Charm Don't Matter In A Man: It's All About Having A Tight Ass

Jennifer Aniston just says no to that more rotund Vince Vaughn and picks herself up a male model named Paul Sculfor (who we show you almost-nudie, to the left) to date instead. [People.com]

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