Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why are people still dying from Legionnaires' disease?

In the nearly 50 years since epidemiologists first discovered Legionnaires' disease, we have learned how to test for it, treat it and prevent it. So why are people still dying from it and why are more and more people becoming ...

Cardiology

Do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level?

You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number may be an even better gauge of heart health.

Medical research

New pain organ discovered in the skin

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ that is able to detect painful mechanical damage, such as pricks and impacts. The discovery is being published in the journal Science.

Medical research

Researchers describe building blocks of HIV's protective shell

The genome of the HIV-1 virus is protected by a conical-shaped protein shell called a capsid, which performs many functions crucial to viral infection—shielding the virus from the immune system, attaching to cell's transport ...

Health

Hospital ratings systems get low grades from experts

Experts have turned the tables on hospital rating systems and graded the rating systems on their strengths and weaknesses. Most only got "C's" and "D's." The highest grade received was a "B" by U.S. News & World Report, according ...

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