Worried About Getting The Flu? Your Risk Is Tied To The Year You Were Born

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Worried About Getting The Flu? Your Risk Is Tied To The Year You Were Born

We have good news, and we have bad news. The good news is that the particular flu you were exposed to as a child probably gives you protection from several flu strains as an adult. The bad news is that it doesn't protect against all the others, and this makes it really hard to make a universal flu vaccine.

AIDS-Related Deaths Are On A Steep Decline

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AIDS-Related Deaths Are On A Steep Decline

It was 1981 when physicians began reporting that gay men were suffering from rare illnesses usually seen only in people with severely weakened immune systems. The mysterious condition that caused it was called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, and experts soon realized that it could affect anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It rapidly became an epidemic. At its peak, AIDS was responsible for 50,876 annual deaths in the United States. That was in 1995. A lot has changed since then. Antiretroviral drugs have been developed to fight AIDS by suppressing its associated virus, HIV. These drugs not only make it possible for people with HIV to live just as long as someone who's not infected, but they've even been shown to keep HIV from spreading to others. A 2011 study found that HIV-infected but otherwise healthy people who take antiretrovirals can limit their transmission of the virus by 96 percent, and a 2010 study found that even uninfected men can take the drugs preventatively to reduce their risk of infection.

How Alonzo Clemons Overcame A Brain Injury To Become A World-Class Sculptor

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How Alonzo Clemons Overcame A Brain Injury To Become A World-Class Sculptor

You've probably dabbled with Play-Doh as a kid. Most people's sculpting experience ends around there, but that wasn't the case for Alonzo Clemons. Severely disabled as a young child, Clemons could barely speak, nor could he feed himself or tie his own shoes. But his disability brought on one important gift—acquired savant syndrome, a condition where high-level, often prodigious skills appear after a brain injury. This gave Clemons an uncanny ability to create hyper-accurate sculptures of animals that started from a young age and only sharpened as he grew up. Today, he can simply glance at a horse on TV and, in just 20 minutes, sculpt a clay figure of that horse that is anatomically correct down to every muscle. Despite his still very limited vocabulary, Clemons has shown his work throughout the world. Hear Clemons speak about his work in the video below.

It's "Patient O," Not "Patient Zero"

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It's "Patient O," Not "Patient Zero"

In the early 1980s, young gay men started coming down with unusual and deadly illnesses, which were eventually attributed to a mysterious immune deficiency—the condition that would come to be known as AIDS. At the end of 1981, around 300 cases of the condition were reported. By the time HIV was discovered in 1984, there were nearly 8,000 AIDS cases in the U.S. alone. Throughout this horrific epidemic, one mystery nagged: who had unleashed this deadly disease? Who was North America's first HIV carrier?

Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Is Likely A Waste Of Time

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Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed Is Likely A Waste Of Time

Going under the knife to get your wisdom teeth taken out has become something of a rite of passage. It means you've reached the ripe old age of 17–25 (a young adult!), the time when this third set of molars starts coming in. Most of us in the U.S. and Australia have been there to offer advice and tips to our friends and family who are themselves about to get those stubborn chompers yanked out. Welp, turns out all that pain could've been avoided. There is mounting evidence that getting your wisdom teeth removed, in most cases, is totally unnecessary.