Today’s Headlines: Get Your Flu Shot From Uber, How to Make Healthy Foods Taste Good, and a Vaccine to Help Cholesterol

If you still need to get your flu shot, call an Uber on Thursday, November 19th, to help you out. After last year’s huge success, Uber is once again offering $10 flu shots to certain major cities in the U.S. “Organizers plan to have more than 10,000 flu shots available. Hundreds of nurses will be at the ready in Uber vehicles across the country, with the specific number varying by city, Maxwell said. The $10 fee will cover a portion of the total cost; the remainder is being donated by Uber, Passport Health, and Epidemico, a public health data mining company owned by Booz Allen Hamilton.” All you will need to do on Thursday is log into the Uber app and order a car like you normally would. However, this time around the car comes equipped with a nurse to give you the shot at your home or office. (Washington Post)

Scientists are trying to manipulate the brain into thinking healthier foods are more delicious to aid in issues such as obesity and improper nutrition. Neurogastronomy is the ability to change neuron signals in order to trick the brain via taste or smell that something is delicious, whether a person likes the food or not. “They could help make nutritious food more appealing to people whose taste and smell receptors are greatly altered because of chemotherapy. In the case of patients struggling with compulsive eating or obesity, the techniques could make nutritious foods at least as enticing as foods they crave.” While researchers are not making broccoli taste like chocolate just yet, those are the hopes for the future—to make physically flavoring foods obsolete and instead have foods mentally “flavored” to help a series of health issues. (WSJ)

A vaccine could help lower cholesterol. The vaccine has only been tested on mice and monkeys so far, but researchers are hopeful that it will have positive effects on the human body. “The vaccine targets a protein called PCSK9 that’s involved the management of cholesterol levels in the blood. By interfering with PCSK9, the researchers are able to lower cholesterol in the blood, and have shown that just one vaccination has significantly cut down on LDL cholesterol (considered the bad type of cholesterol) levels in lab animals.” The vaccine appears to be more effective than using a statin to control cholesterol and risk of heart disease. (Time)