- Nature News has a fantastic profile of Sheik Humarr Khan and other public health workers as they fought against Ebola in Sierra Leone.
- Science is not enough to stop Ebola – we need social change as well.
- We may have made huge progress in the fight against HIV, but there is a problem with the often-repeated sentiment that as long as HIV+ individuals take their medication, they will be fine. Mosaic has a fantastic piece profiling four people living with HIV in the UK – their stories of daily life, dealing with physical and mental health issues, are eye-opening.
- Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may quickly forget their memories, but the feelings associated with the memories can last long after the facts are forgotten.
- When farms use antibiotics in their feed, drug-resistant bacteria can result. But how do these bacteria spread to places outside of the farm? By latching on to the bodies of farm workers, according to a new study.
- NPR’s Science Friday explores how we use trees in order to fight pollution in cities, and discusses how we can be smarter about how we plant.
- Good news: wine contains bacteria that may be beneficial to human health, like the probiotics found in fermented dairy food. Bad news: most of the bacteria is removed during the wine production process.
- Increasing evidence is showing that changes in epigenetic marks – tags found on DNA that can help determine which genes are turned on or off – can affect future generations. The Globe discusses where these marks come from, what they can mean for your future, and how they are passed on. (If you’re interested in this area, the University of Chicago is having a syposium on Epigenetic Modifications this Thursday!)
- Science blog Absolutely Maybe provides a history of the contact lens and discusses the problems that are sometimes associated with their use.
- Cooking with raw meat – and even with raw produce – will bring bacteria into your kitchen! Here’s what you should know about cutting boards, in order to reduce the risk of contamination.
- It’s long been said that exercise may lift your mood. Now, a study provides a possible explanation for this phenomenon.
- Chicago is trying out a new method of conducting food safety inspections in restaurants – metrics such as weather and nearby construction are used to determine how often a restaurant should be inspected.
- Chicago health officials are advising parents to be on the lookout for a respiratory virus that is spreading across the Midwest.