Should You Let A Dog Lick Your Face?

Canine and human mouths are bacterial ecosystems, but can they harm one another? “Sometimes, the oral contact between dogs and their owners can be more extensive than that between parent and child. Dogs kiss and lick their owners to express amiable emotions. This raises the possibility of transferring bacteria from the oral microbiome of dogs to their human owners.”

Why do you need to get a flu shot every year? – Melvin Sanicas

All year long, researchers at hospitals around the world collect samples from flu patients and send them to top virology experts with one goal: to design the vaccine for the next flu season. But why do we need a new one every year? Vaccines for diseases like mumps and polio offer a lifetime of protection with two shots early in life; what’s so special about the flu? Melvin Sanicas explains.